I finally finished the abaya tutorial, it’s been a crazy past 2 weeks for me! Allhumdulillah everything is okay, it’s just been hectic with both good and bad days! I am happy that I finally get to work on editing and uploading the videos. I have used sari fabric, this is fabric that Indian women wrap around their body, using draping and other methods, wearing a petticoat and blouse underneath. I used to wear it, I just found it uncomfortable, but it all depends on how it’s wrapped and many women find is really easy to put on and wear.
My mom had given me a bunch of saris years back to play around with, I never wanted to cut it up and make something but she did tell me to make something beautiful with them. So I finally took a chance and made an abaya with one of them. Let me tell you, I don’t really wear abaya’s, maybe to the mosque or for Eid, but I am totally in love with this abaya that I made. The patterns from the fabric worked to my advantage and it looks stunning. I didn’t use lining for this project, so if you do plan on making an abaya with light fabric, lining would be a smart option. I plan on pairing it with a long sleeved shirt and pants so it won’t be see thru. The sari is made up of 6 yards of fabric, I used my entire sari and the last yard and a half I will make a hijab to match my abaya.
For those of you that are comfortable with sewing, you won’t have any problems with this. For those that are new and may have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, leave a comment below, on my YouTube page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Using something in your wardrobe for a pattern is OKAY, when you are an expert, then you can make your own patterns.
What you will need for this project:
- 5-6 yards of fabric (buy get 58″-60″ wide material)
- sewing machine
- matching thread
- a shirt that you can trace from (should be loose fitting)
- measuring tape
- marking tool
You will also need to measure: PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO ADD EASE, IF YOU WANT YOUR ABAYA TO BE LOOSE, AFTER YOU TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS, ADD AS MUCH EASE AS YOU NEED. I WOULD SUGGEST TO USE A VERY LOOSE FITTING SHIRT OR AN EXISTING ABAYA THAT YOU MAY HAVE IN YOUR WARDROBE AND THIS WAY YOU’LL ELIMINATE TAKING YOUR OWN MEASUREMENT AND JUST TRACE.
- shoulder measurement
- bust measurement
- waist and hip measurements
- sleeve length
- body length (to decide how long you want the abaya to be)
- DO NOT FORGET TO ADD EASE AND SEAM ALLOWANCE!!!!
I tried my best to make this into one video, but I ended up making a part 2 video because it was too long. It’s really hard to do a short tutorial when you are making everything from scratch and even with eliminating a lot of sewing steps and just explaining the cutting, I still ended up with a really long tutorial. I had an hour of video on this and somehow I made it fit into two under 10 min videos!
Good luck with your projects, I would love to see pics!!! I am sorry about the video quality, I promise that one day I will have perfect lighting and an area all to myself to do the tutorials.
Mas Salaama xx
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