Meena is a very versatile pattern comprising a Sulwar Kameez (tunic and pants) and a dress in two lengths - mid-calf length and maxi length. The dresses are reminiscent of the Hippy era and would look very groovy made in funky prints and bright colors.
The Meena pattern contains 32 pages of photo instructions and 12 pages of computer drawn pattern pieces.
The Sulwar Kameez is a traditional tunic and pants outfit very common in parts of India, Pakistan and surrounding areas. The sleeve edges and necklines are often faced with a contrast fabric that matches the pants, and for special occasions are usually decorated with lavish embroidery. The skill of the tailor and the cost of the outfit are shown by fabrics, the ornateness of the neckline shaping and the embroidery and embellishments used.
The Kameez tunic/dress pattern has a choice of three sleeve styles and a choice of three neckline treatments. The neckline treatments can be mixed and matched, as can the sleeves. It is traditional for the Kameez to have elbow length or longer sleeves but you could also bind the armholes with contrast bias binding to make a sleeveless summer tunic if preferred.
The pattern includes dart markings for view A. However, the darts can be omitted to provide a looser fitting tunic if preferred, or the darts can be included in the dress length options to provide a more fitted silhouette to the dresses.
The authentically styled Sulwar (or Shalwar) pants for the Sulwar Kameez outfit are pleated onto a yoke and have a contrast stiffened cuff. Traditionally the pants cuffs may be embroidered in a pattern to match the embroidery on the tunic yoke and sleeve cuffs. This pants pattern would make perfect harem pants using organza, chiffon, lightweight silk or rayon fabric. It would also make ideal pirate pants in a striped or funky fabric. Mixing up fabric prints and adding rick rack or other trims to the cuff edges will Euro-style the pants and make them a perfect easy fit outfit for the summer with a teeshirt or peasant blouse.
I've been sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering all my life. I love making up my own designs and dressing dolls and teddy bears. For many years I made artist teddy bears and sold them under the name Ninie-Bears. I made over 500 bears that were sold all over the world including USA, Switzerland and Japan. Nowadays I design doll clothes patterns and I digitize designs for machine embroidery ...
I've been sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidering all my life. I love making up my own designs and dressing dolls and teddy bears. For many years I made artist teddy bears and sold them under the name Ninie-Bears. I made over 500 bears that were sold all over the world including USA, Switzerland and Japan. Nowadays I design doll clothes patterns and I digitize designs for machine embroidery too.
My doll patterns fit the popular 18 inch soft bodied dolls such as the American Girl Doll, Gotz Precious Day series, Mme Alexander, Our Generation and Springfield dolls. Some of the patterns also fit the Bitty Baby and Bitty Twins dolls. If in doubt, please ask! All the patterns are tested extensively before being offered for sale.