The salwar kameez is a very traditional style of dress for many people in Central and Southern Asia. It usually consists of loose fitting pants with tapered ankles and a matching top that is also loose fitting and is in a tunic style with slits up the sides and on the neck. Many woman also choose to get a scarf to wear around their shoulders or over their head. Men, women, and children all wear the salwar kameez, and it is becoming more and more popular to wear it everyday instead of just for special occasions. For this reason, many people who do not live close to stores who sell salwar kameez have started to make their own. Sometimes, however, finding the initial pattern to work from can be just as challenging, if not more so. If you are looking for salwar kameez patterns, your best option is to start your search online. Use the suggestions and tips below to get you started.

Large Websites
There are many large websites that carry everything from salwar kameez patterns to cotton jersey bed sheets to even a new kitchen sink! These sites are great places to start your search because they have such a large inventory of everything, they will most likely have a pattern that you can use. Look in multiple different categories like the sewing category and the ethnic categories to see if they have traditional patterns. If not, you might be able to buy a western style pattern and alter it somewhat to make it work. You can usually find tunic style tops and lounge pants that can be altered very easily and made with the right fabrics to make a proper salwar kameez.

Auction Websites
If you are looking for something a little bit different, auction websites are always a good place to look. You might not find a wide selection, but you will most likely find something that no one else will have. Make sure to read the full description before you bid so that you don’t end up getting something that you don’t need or that isn’t right for you. Also make sure to put in your highest bid that you are willing to pay right at the beginning. Since the selection is so limited on these sites, the competition for the best patterns can be a little competitive. You will also want to make sure that the pattern is new and has never been used before. Because sewing patterns are so flimsy, it is not likely that a used pattern will be in good shape.