Full-Circle Cotton Chaniya Choli With Elephant Applique

indian pink green yellow cotton chaniya choli elephant applique

That’s my pink, green and yellow cotton chaniya choli which I’ve sewn and embroidered myself.

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle lehenga gagra skirt elephant applique

I used pink, green and yellow cotton fabric for the skirt; and different colored cotton scraps for the elephant appliques.

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle chaniya choli elephant applique

The skirt is a full-circle skirt, made up of pink and green panels and a circular cut yellow and green border.

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle cotton lehenga gagra skirt

I used green and white printed cotton from my stash for the square appliques on the pink panels.

applique sequin full circle lehenga gagra skirt

The fabric squares are appliquéd with zig-zag stitches, which are hidden behind the gold sequins.

indian pink green yellow sequined skirt

There are also gold sequins along each seam.

elephant applique skirt

At the hem I appliquéd elephants.

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle skirt elephant appliquation

For the elephant appliques I used pink, light and dark green, brown, and green and white printed cotton scraps from my stash.

colorful skirt with elephant applique

Each elephant is shaped a little different.

elephant applique by hand

All elephants are appliquéd by hand with different colored cotton yarn or gold thread.

running stitch applique by hand
Close-up of running stitch applique

indian pink green yellow lephant applique

Some of the elephants are appliqued with runnings stitches, while some are appliqued with overcasting stiches. All raw edges are turned under.

overcasting stitch applique by hand
Close-up of overcasting stitches with gold thread
indian running stitch elephant applique by hand
Close-up of green printed elephant appliqued with running stitches and gold thread

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle lehenga gagra skirt elephant applique

The skirt is so comfortable to wear. And I couldn’t stop twirling! 😀

indian pink green yellow full circle skirt

indian pink green yellow elephant applique
Inside view of the skirt

indian diy cotton chaniya choli

My skirt is mainly inspired by this pretty chaniya choli.

cotton sequin full circlechaniya choli skirt elephant applique

Here are some more colorful chaniya cholis with appliques, fabric panels and sequins which inspired me: colorful chaniya choli, red sequined chaniya choli and black and multicolored chaniya choli.

indian pink long cotton choli blouse
Pink long cotton choli blouse
indian colorful circle lehenga skirt dupatta
Blue and yellow dupatta

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle chaniya skirt elephant applique

indian pink green yellow sequin full circle lehenga gagra skirt elephant applique

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