By Dick Oakes
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Here is info that I created on a comfortable costume piece for women -- the Bosnian women's "Shalvare," long trousers which Moslem women traditionally wear. Click the image to enlarge. The enlarged diagram is nine inches high and should print full-sized to a single page on your printer! Enjoy!
This costume was made for Kurdish performances of the Village Dancers, directed by Dr. Anthony Shay.
- White, with collar and cuffs
- Handkerchiefs: 15" squares sewn at bottom of cuff
- 6.5 yards of at least 45" material of cotton gabardine for jacket and pants (black, maroon, dark blue, brown, etc.)
- 4 yards of 18" for turban
- 3 yards of 2" fringe
- Attach gusset (E) to front and back (notch 3)
- Sew C and D together at shoulders (notch 4)
- Attach sleeves to gussets (E) front (C) and back (D), easing to fit
- Stitch side and under-arm, seam ending at dot
- Turn under edge for end cut-out part of sleeve
- Turn under hem of neck, front and bottom of jacket
- Decorate top, stitching up (1 to 3 rows) around edges of jacket.
- Sew front and back edges of A together (notch 1) in back
- Sew notched edges of B (gusset) together (notch 2)
- Sew gussets together, matching seams, legs, taper
- Turn down 1-1/2 to 2 inches at top and insert draw string or elastic
- Mark leg hem at ankle
- Decoration around leg hem is optional