Sunday, December 8, 2013

Method of stitching davani for Bharathanatyam costume

Davani of the Bhatrathanatyam dress has got two parts, front portion and back portion, which are stitched together. Stitching line sits on the shoulder line.  Front portion is pleated but back portion will be plain. strings or cloth patties are attached to the front and back portion to tie around the waist.


Front length
Back length
Shoulder line width

Method of taking measurements

Method of sewing front portion
Method of sewing back portion

Finished Davani


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Method of stitching back piece of Bharathanatyam costume

Draft of back piece

MeasurementsLength of the back piece= length from waist to hip +2½” 
1. Back piece should cover the hip
2. Waist
3. Hip round


Back piece

P-Q= length of the back piece +2½”
P-T = ½ hip round + ½”
T-U = 1” for overlap
R is the midpoint of P-T
P-S = P-Q
Join P-S-U by a curved line as shown in the figure.

Small fan

Length ¾ of the curve  U-S or to taste.
Width  34”

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Step 6

Finished back piece
Method of sewing Davani will be continued.............