As in, that’s apparently the garment I’m attempting to recreate. Thanks, V!
It is also apparently closely related to the anarkali, a garment I quite like. I have my eye on a few on the Utsav Sarees website.
Most importantly, she pointed me towards some info that mentions hidden ties or little buttons to close the front. Modern versions have a higher bustline than the period versions, so you pull them over your head. I suppose if I made mine a little looser this would work, but I’ll have to try. I think hidden ties might actually be a better way to do this.
And then there’s embellishment! But that’s way down the road.
Anybody know of a good churidar pattern you can buy? Nobody seems to sell patterns (probably because you can just get them made to fit in India), only patterned finished churidar or sewing services. I may just have to buy a pair and disassemble them.