Thursday, June 7, 2012

Possible kurta pattern

At the request of a reader, here's a possible pattern for a kurta. I don't have time to test it before leaving for Lilies, so if anyone tries this, let me know any problems or ah-ha moments you have. It's based on the child's kurta in the Hermitage Museum I posted previously.

I would recommend not actually cutting the triangles out of the sleeves (just sew along where the seam should go) until you've tested whether you have full range of motion with your arms. It's entirely possible that it could have a more complex shape than a straight line.

This post will be updated after I make one.


10 comments:

  1. did you test it? I need a quick pattern for this pennsic!

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    1. Not yet. I went almost straight from making this post to a six week trip for work. This pattern should work or at least be sufficient. Even my initial failed run is still functional.
      My husband pointed out the other day that basing a pattern on a martial arts gi could be another option in a fix as they look fairly similar.

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    2. *or rather I went almost straight from making the post to Lilies, then to the six week trip.

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    3. Actually, you know what? I'm going to cut the pieces out tonight and start sewing. My current hostel room has enough space.

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    4. Two changes I've noticed already (before I cut, thankfully). 1) the width of the bottom edge of the front flap should be at least hip to hip if not wider. 2) Unless you have flat shoulders, a long, slender triangle will probably need to be cut out along the shoulder seam. An inch at the points of the shoulders should be enough of a dip.

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  2. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you putting this pattern up! I have not yet had a chance to sew it, but as soon as I can find some fabric of the right color/cloth I will be using it! Keep us posted on your success with this one! I hope it is long enough, as I recall you said your first was too short. Good luck!

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  3. Oh please, oh please, would anyone making a kurta from this pattern post photos or links? Or if anyone ever finds one that definitely works, post a link to that? I would be so grateful. We are newly Scythian in the SCA, and I am kind of a horrible seamstress, so I need all the help I can get.
    Mindy

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    1. Hello!
      I haven't had a chance to make it yet, but I've had more recent ideas about kurta patterns that would change this pattern a bit: http://sarmatianinthesca.blogspot.com/2013/03/thoughts-on-kurta-patterns.html

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  4. From research, my understanding is that the women's top would have gone down to just over their knees with pants, whereas the men's tops were shorter. Your thoughts?

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    1. There was woman-specific robe-like clothing as well as the unisex clothing. I hadn't heard about any length differences for kurtas, though. Where'd you find the information? I'd be interested to see the reasons and geographic/temporal extent of it.

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