Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Abaya Doesn't Have to be Black:)

At first, I didn't want to wear an abaya because 1) I'm not from Saudi Arabia:0), 2) they're always black and 3) they're kind of intimidating to people. When I reverted to Islam, Alhamdulillah, I received an abaya as a gift. It was so beautiful with the soft, satiny fabric, red sleeve inserts and matching hijab. I think the style is so beautiful but I only ever seem to wear it when I pray. Because it was too big, I decided to take it in a bit. When I saw how simple it was yet so flattering, I decided to make a pattern from it. I didn't want to take it apart and I'm really glad I didn't because I managed to make an awesome pattern from the existing abaya without so much as ripping a stitch:) I have used this pattern to make 3 so far and I have also modified the pattern to make a long kameez that goes past the knees to wear with my flared jeans. I can't believe it took me so long o come around to wearing abayat! They’re classy and elegant in black - but in different fabrics ad colours, they’re modern, flattering, comfortable and sooo convenient! Just pull it on overtop whatever your wearing, add a hijab and you're out the door:) With my pattern, I have further modified it and I'm also just finishing up a nice and light cotton coat for the summer. Below are pics of 2 of the abayat I made and the long kameez. What do you think?:)

Light Denim Fabric  - Ocean Blue

Polyester Suiting Blend - Raspberry Flower 

Cotton Suiting Material - Embellished Gray


  1. Salam, I really like the grey kameez. Did the material come like that, or did you sew on the decorative stuff??

  2. Walaykom salam:) The material came like that, pretty, huh? So, it was extra-easy and fast to make the kameez:)