Advanced Kanchala Pattern

The Basic Indian choli pattern will absolutely work for any Indian time and place outfit you choose to wear. You can raise or lower the neckline, lengthen or shorten the sleeves to get closer to the outfit you choose.

16th century Mewari Kanchala

However, if you choose a late-period Northern outfit, the “moon-back” kanchala will take your outfit to the next level. The only way to fit this kanchala is to beg or bribe a friend to drape fit the basic shape, cut it apart into the pattern shapes in the paper, and then adjust the seams incrementally until you have the fit you want. A properly fitted kanchala will support the breasts as well as a bra, and separate them so there’s no sports bra “uni-boob” effect.

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