This project was truly an interesting feat. Long ago I fell in love with African/Indian shalwars and kameez outfits. They were to be had economically on eBay which was a boon for me. They are so ornate that I would only wear them on “special” occasions. Thankfully I have grown out of that nonsense. Now, I wear them whenever I feel like it. Sadly, I gave about 20 outfits away some years ago. Well, I am on the mend and working to replenish my stock.
Seeing me wear them to work a Muslim co-worker was delighted and stated she would purchase me an outfit. Hey, who am I turn turn down a double blessing (her for the giving and me for the receiving). Time passed, I figured she had forgotten about it, no problem, right. Well, lo and behold, my girl Hazmat brought me this project to work one day.
So, check it out . . . I thought this was a salwar/kameez outfit, right? Well, it was sorta, kinda. I was all smiles as I opened the cellophane package. The seafoam green is truly stunning. My cell phone did no justice to this outfit. Anyway . . . as I am taking items out of the package. This is what I also found . . .
Hazmat had brought me a salwar/kameez kit if-you-will. I had to put the kameez together and make the salwars. I had to hide the surprise from my face. Thank gawd Mamma taught me to sew.
Now, I am a big girl (read that size 16 ready to wear, size like 20-22 big four pattern companies). Sew, there was not enough fabric for the salwars. Shopping my stash I found some ivory colored squares of fabric that I got from a house sale. They felt divine and have the feel of linen and silk. No clue as to their content. I sewed two of them together with a narrow hem and used them for the yoke of the salwars. I figured they would be under the kameez anyway. Who would know? Ooops, I forgot. Yaw’ll will know ’cause I can’t keep a sewing secret.
Really I should have pressed the stuff before photographing this, duh. It looked so pretty when I pressed it before actually sewing it. Anywho, you get an idea here of what I was working with. Yikes, slinky, silky fabric is not my forte. I have got to work on that I suppose. So, above is what I used for sleeves for my kameez.
The beautiful dupatta kept sliding off my shoulders last night at the Memorial Celebration event that we attended. Note to self: Next time you wear this discreetly pin it where you desire it to stay.
Shopping my stash again, I found a sleeve pattern piece that I thought would go well with this design. I also already have a couple salwars patterns. The next time I make salwars I am going to add a crotch gusset. I saw one on another African pant pattern and I think I could use one with my big behind.
From what I understand the word “salwar” means “baggy pants”. How cool for that is exactly what they are. However, being made with such exquisite fabric I like the term salwar better, LOL. Dupatta is Indian for “scarf”. And kameez is shirt.