Tag Archives: cut & sew

DIY neck extensions…

26 Aug

Neck Extension is that piece of fabric that covers your chest and back that can be worn under you shirts for chest and back coverage. They are also known as dickies...The example I have here I bought in Egypt and I find it too short, who wants to be tugging all day long???

I promised a sister a while back that I would do this tutorial and it’s finally here!! I really hope that you all make use of this video as these are so simple to make!! I didn’t end up doing a hem because you can’t see it and stretch material doesn’t unravel. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions if you are a bit confused on some parts!

You’ll need

1/2 a yard to 3/4 yard of stretch fabric

marking tool

measuring tape


sewing machine



Mas Salaama



A dress for Prom…

27 Jul

Two weeks before I had to leave for my Vancouver trip I agreed to make a prom dress for my sister in laws sister in law. Ha ha, if that makes any sense to anyone?? She is very tall, stunning and very thin. This was a very exciting project for me, one I wanted to complete in less then 20 hours. I am very proud to say that I did complete it in 18hours. Ofcourse it wasn’t a total of 18 hours in one day but over one week. The hem has fishing wire to help the dress look like it’s flowing in the air.

This is not my design, my model really wanted this gown for her prom, so here it is 🙂

The Process

Fitting and Pinning

Behind the scenes!

This really was a fun project for me and I really loved the model who the dress was made for. I had a good time at the photo shoot at Central Park!!! Thanks Rakee Photography and also a big thanks to my sister in law for the behind the scenes pics during the process!! xx

Turning scraps of fabric into hijab…

21 Jun

I just got back from another amazing trip…I already miss my family and friends, but I have much to look forward too!!! Like my family coming to NY in 3 weeks Insha’Allah…we are going to have a blast together making this part two of my summer fun!!! BTW, Vancouver is not a bad city, the true Vancouverites and Canuck fans are not rioters! All of us were just as stunned and disgusted with what we saw as the rest of the world. I am proud of the Canucks for making it to the Stanley Cup Finals and for giving us a great season!!!

A while back I made a skirt made from ruffled material, the tutorial can be found on youtube and also here on my blog. So with the remaining material I was able to make myself a hijab. There are two ways to wearing it, I prefer one over the other, the way I have it in the picture has the ruffles falling down. I don’t really like to wear it that way, I prefer to have the ruffles facing back. I will post a tutorial on how to do wear it the other way this week Insha’Allah.

I hope you all enjoy the first day of summer Insha’Allah…xx

Just a little something to share…

3 May

I’m working really hard on my collection that will be available Insha’Allah in Fall 2011. So far I’ve made many samples, reworked some things and changed a few of my designs along the way. ‘Sewing like crazy’ should be my middle name. As I’m working on this collection, I’m also working on ideas for my Spring collection, constantly sketching, sometimes i’ll be sitting in the car and i’ll get an idea and i’ll quickly draw it on a napkin and then come home and add it to my sketch book. My creative juices are flowing and creating is the fun part of my job.

Here is a little preview of one of the skirts that will be available in Fall. Again, it’s just a sample, the fabric will not be the same, this is a rough draft. This is a SIMPLE 6 gored skirt, (6 panels), with an invisible side zipper.


Pretty floral skirt…

15 Apr

I bought this beautiful floral print fabric about a month ago and decided to have fun with it and make a gathered skirt with it. It has an exposed zipper on the side.

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My little munchkin is busy playing in the background!!! He’s always up to no good lol!

Ruffled skirt tutorial

4 Apr

I was in the fabric store last weekend and while looking for sample fabrics, I found and fell in love with this ruffle fabric! I used it to make a maxi skirt and the remaining fabric I will be using it for a hijab. The skirt is really simple to make and it really shouldn’t take too long, just as long as you follow these steps! NO HEMMING INVOLVED!!!!


2 yds Ruffle fabric
2 1/4″(wide) elastic
matching thread
sewing machine
measuring tape

2 1/4" wide elastic

beautiful fabric!

1. Measure your hip and mark with pin on your fabric. Cut your fabric to desired length using your hip measurement plus 1″ for ease.

2. To make sure that your ruffles face down and don’t move while sewing the seam, do a baste stitch on your machine making sure that the ruffles face the same way.

basting ruffles in one direction

3. Pin along seam right sides together and stitch.



4. Wrap elastic around waist and pin, make sure that this feels snug but not tight. Cut elastic and sew the end with a zigzag stitch.

5. Mark four evenly spaced places on elastic and skirt. The fabric naturally will be slightly larger then elastic, stretch elastic as you sew the fabric and elastic together, rights sides facing together. It’s best to use a zigzag stitch as you sew these two pieces together.

elastic and fabric pinned together

stretch elastic as you sew


What I’ve been up to lately…

24 Mar

I’m getting a bit panicky, but I know that Insha’Allah it will be okay and I will be fine. I never had any heart problems, but lately I think I’m always going to have a heart attack!! I think I’m now suffering from anxiety attacks. Almost a month ago I thought I was going to die, it was terrible, my ribs hurt and my heart ached and I felt incredibly sick!!! Allhumdulillah I’m okay!! It’s not funny but I laugh about it because this is all due to my first collection coming this Fall 2011 Insha’Allah.

It’s been crazy but knowing that I am making my dreams come true makes it all worth it. I’ve been sketching, drafting, sampling, looking for fabric has been the greatest challenge. I’ve now moved onto my third and hopefully last pattern maker. She’s amazing and I love working with her, she listens to me and makes the changes I ask her to make without questions. I have to redo the first two patterns, due to lack of communication, but in reality it worked out for me. I’ve altered a lot of my designs and I’ve been reading and listening to my blog readers and potential customers. I know what I look for when I design and make my clothing and also when I’m shopping for myself. There is so much that the malls offer but for me it comes down to what I can pair that shirt with and what undershirt will work out or will this dress look okay with jeans or pants.

Recently I attended a get together and the waitress came up to me and told me that I looked amazing and really well put together! It really made my day and gave me more inspiration and passion for my work.

Thanks so much for the support everyone and especially to my husband(TR) and father(SM) who are helping me financially and the moral support from my sister(SMN), sister in law(GRV) and best friends(SN, SS, ZA, LH, NW) friends(PS, EZ) and also my cousins(JA), and (TA) who motivates me and reads my blogs every time I post, THANKS T. And of course the little man in my life who makes the rainiest days full of sunshine and comes to visit me while I’m working and gives me MAHS(kisses) to help me through my day!!! (IAR)


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