Simple Suit/Kurti Drafting Pattern

Hopefully, you are here for two reasons, either you really wants to start drafting, cutting and sewing or you really wants to learn the tailoring in the simple way. Well by this article you will truly understand the basic marking or drafting pattern for cutting and sewing of simple kurti or kameez or suit. Keeping in mind that everybody is just a beginner once, so in this article the things are kept simple but the outcome of it is absolutely professional.

This is the basic measurements of a simple kurti or suit :

Lengths In Simple Suit/Kurta
Lengths In Simple Suit/Kurti
Widths In Simple Suit/Kurta
Widths In Simple Suit/Kurti

There are few things that you should keep in mind while drafting your simple suit. In this article we provide you some important tips while marking pattern of simple kurti.

Pattern Marking Lengths
Pattern Marking Lengths
Pattern Width Markings
Pattern Markings Widths

Assumed Measurements :

  • Length=42 inch
  • Shoulder length=7 inch
    [there are two rules of taking shoulder length
    1. 1/4 of chest minus 0.5 inch(up to 30 inch chest)
    2. maximum 7.5  inch]
  • Waist length=14 inch
  • Hip length=24 inch
  • Shoulder to shoulder width=11 inch
  • Chest/Breast=37 inch
  • Waist=33 inch
  • Hips=40 inch
  • Bottom Width=20 inch
  • Front Neck Length=6.5 inch
  • Back Neck Length=7 inch
  • Neck Width=6 inch

We take extra inches in lengths for hemming and folding and in widths for stitching.

Rule of taking fabric is [double of (total length + 3 inch) + sleeves length + 2 inch].

All the measurements are in proportions (increase and decrease it accordingly).

Match the pattern of the fabric and then start doing drafting.

Steps To Follow For Drafting Of Simple Kurti :

1. Take total length + 3 inch on fabric (double fold), mark it and cut it (i.e 42+3=45 inch).

2. Now cut the fabric from middle width wise and match the pattern of front and back pieces and place it matching right to right.

3. Then in width, fold the fabric equal to bottom width + 1.5 to 2 inch (20+2=22 inch); fabric is in 4 layers now.

4. Now from one end of fabric mark all the lengths, which includes shoulder length (7 inch), waist length + 0.5 inch (14+0.5=14.5 inch), hips length + 0.5 inch (24+0.5=24.5 inch).

5. For marking all widths keeping inch-tape at folded part of fabric.

6. At the top (same end) from the folded side mark width wise half of shoulder to shoulder width + 0.5 inch (11/2+0.5=6 inch).

7. At shoulder length mark, cross mark it with half of shoulder to shoulder width (6 inch) and mark another point 0.5 inch less than the upper mark (i.e 5.5 inch), and join both points to upper mark (6 inch).

8. Now again at shoulder length, mark 1/4 of chest + 2 inch (37/4=9.25 + 2 = 11.25, mark at 9.25 and 11.25 inch) and extend the width line.

9. Now at waist length, mark 1/4 of waist + 2 inch (33/4=8.25 + 2=10.25, mark at 8.25 and 10.25 inch) and join chest marks to waist marks in a parallel manner.

10. Mark 1/4 of hips + 1.5 inch (40/4=10 + 1.5=11.5, mark 10 and 11.5 inch) at hip length and join these marks to waist marks in a curving manner.

11. At total length, mark half of bottom width + 1.5 to 2 inch (20/2+2=12 inch) and join it with the outer hip mark i.e 11.5 inch.

12. After that at top mark half of neck width (6/2=3 inch) and make a 0.5 inch slant line from this point till shoulder length line.

13. Now mark front neck length and back neck length (6.5 inch & 7 resp.) and cross mark to folded side and make a box for marking of neck pattern.

14. After all this, do simple sleeves drafting and curving.

 Video Tutorial Of Simple Kurti :


Hello readers, my name is Usha and I'm a full time teacher of tailoring profession. I've been teaching since last 16 years and in year 2016 I've decided to take this online. Thanks to you readers, subscribers and internet for making this happen. Here at ushaseminary I write about drafting, cutting, clothing and fashion :)

19 thoughts on “Simple Suit/Kurti Drafting Pattern

  • June 20, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    very nice videos madam
    I am searching this type of materal from last 2-3 weeks
    finally I got it
    Thanks a lot

  • September 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Hi, I am looking for a tutorial that shows how to mark, cut and fold side slits in a normal kurta. If anybody can help, it is much appreciated. Thanks 🙂

  • October 10, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Ma’am where do you stay?
    Your method of explaining is too good

    • October 11, 2017 at 11:51 pm

      Currently residing in India. And thank you 🙂

  • November 28, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    its very nice.thank you

  • March 6, 2018 at 6:42 am

    DIDI … xl aur xxl size ki kurti banani ho to kitne miter cloth (kapda) ki jarurat raheti hai ? ( DIDI aap ne bahut badhiya tarike se explain kiya hai …thanks)

    • April 1, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thank You Kiran,
      For xl = 2.5 meter
      For xxl = 3 meter
      (it depends upon the length of the kurti)

  • May 8, 2018 at 4:09 am

    It’s nice nd very informative but still i confuse with shoulder nd chest messurment
    Pls do explain me in this comment reply
    If our
    Shoulder width 15/2
    Shoulder length is 10.5
    And chest width is 44/4
    Then how we can make perfect graft
    Pls pls pls explain me
    Em very very confused

    • May 13, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      shoulder length is usually 7.5 inch for adult (very healthy lady have shoulder length of 8 inch)
      and shoulder width should be 14/2 inch(including sewing seam) if your chest is 44 inch.

  • May 28, 2018 at 5:24 pm


    Do you conduct classes in Pune?


    • June 8, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Unfortunaley no, but I teach tailoring on my Youtube channel named – Tailoring With Usha.

  • November 29, 2018 at 8:50 am

    hi madam,
    how to get armhole depth?

  • March 3, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Dear Madam,
    Hi, I m Keya Sarkar, GM with Adhiraj Apparels Pvt.Ltd., Nagpur gone through your website, which is really very helpful for the new entrepreneurs. I also wish to start my own clothing line in ladies kurti(s) I need your assistance, for which, I need your ID where i can be in your contact.
    The way you have given the detailed information in the matter is awesome. Request you to please guide me to proceed in the matter.

  • March 21, 2020 at 11:22 pm


    Can you explain center back dart placement with formula??


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