Patiala pant : Sewing pattern & tutorial {Make the Punjabi Pants}

I have two ‘fan girls’ in my house and I always scoffed and teased their ‘fandom’ which changes every other week or with every new YouTube release. Now, no more. I rarely watch television or regularly follow any series but all of a sudden I became a serial addict. This week I binge watched a reality series featuring Shehnaz Gill of Punjab. Her goofiness, artless child like behavior, loyalty, cuteness, confidence and fearlessness usually attributed to Punjabi girls and her friendship cum love story made me hooked to the show and a ‘fan girl’. The show is over and I do not think I need any more TV for a year. So I decided to sew and make the type of pants that Shehnaz would wear – a Punjabi Patiala.

Punjabi Patiala Pants – This is a loose salwar pants from the Patiala City in the Northern region of Punjab state in India. Wikipedia says that this pants was worn by the king of Patiala – that is royal. It is voluminous and needs about 4 1/2 meters of fabric – if you cut it right. Otherwise you need even more. Here is how to make a free size version of it. Increase or decrease the waistband width to suit your measurement.

Choose a free flowing drapey fabric like rayon, thin cotton, satiny silk – other wise you are going to look like you have another person inside your pants. It is worn with tight fitting tunic /salwar tops.

Step 1 Cut out the leg pieces.

You can either cut the leg pieces as one ( so that you have 2 leg pieces to join) as in the picture below or cut them as three and join the extra piece in the middle ( And you have 6 pieces to join altogether).

You can cut fabric like this.

Patiala pants

Or like this .

And then join the middle fabric piece (B) between the two big pieces (A).

Step 2 Make the waistband 

Join the short edges of the waistband piece, with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave 2 1/2 inch unstitched on the top edge.

Fold the waistband seam allowance on the un-stitched portion to the inside and sew in place.

The white stitching line in the picture is your reference.

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Fold the top edge to the inside twice and stitch in place – this forms the casing for the drawstring.

Step 3 Sew the leg hem

You need to cut 2 fabric pieces of 2 inch wide piece by 19 inch which is going to be the facing. Attach a piece of interfacing to this piece. You can cut out 1/4 inch along the edges from the interfacing so that it is not thick as you stitch. Attach.

Keep it along the leg bottom edge right sides together.

Stitch together.

Fold to the back side and stitch in place.

Step 4 Join the side seams of the legs

This is how one leg looks. Finish both the legs the same way.

Step 5 Join the crotch seam

Keep the two legs together along the 7 inch and sew that seam right sides together.


Step 6 Join the legs to the waistband.

You have a difficult job here. You have to join the waistband to a leg piece edge which is about 4 times bigger. 

One important thing is to pin the waistband in 4 sections at the front, back and side seams. Usually you can make pleats for this, but then if you are lazy, just gather. If you do not know how to gather fabric check this post here. 

Step 7 Insert drawstring.

You can insert thin fabric tubes as drawstring and tie at the waist. Check out this post on making fabric tubes. 

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