I know that many of us like sewing ,and it can be very beneficial to know how to do it .Living in the West ,its very hard sometimes to find proper Islamic clothing ,so some sisters might sew their own ...
Its good when you have enough time to do it ,because it usually takes time to make an abaya or jilbab.
Many sisters make their own Hijabs and its usually cheaper then buying them online ,plus you can choose the fabric to match your clothes ..
Here are some free sewing patterns that I found online ..
I used to sew Hijabs for myself and other sisters and I really enjoy doing it when I have time ..
InshaAllah I will try to post the pictures of what I made ,but for now I can just share what I found .
Please feel free to comment and post your works or sewing tips,so we can all benefit inshaAllah
How to Sew a Shoulder-Style Abaya
• With your arms at your sides, have someone measure from one wrist to the other going across the back of the shoulders.
• Purchase twice this amount of 60" inch wide fabric.
• Fold the left and right edges so that they meet in the center.
• Pin in several places to hold the fabric in place.
• Referring to the diagram: Cut a V-neck in the top layer of fabric.
• Stitch the seam line across the top.
• At the upper left and right corners, cut openings for your hands.
• The center seam of the abayah may be closed in several ways:
1. The easiest thing to do is simply stitch the entire seam all the way up to the neck.
2. You could also stitch from the bottom, half-way up, then insert a long zipper, or even several snaps or velcro.
• Cut the bottom of the abayah, large and round.
• Finish the neck opening, and cuffs with satin ribbon or bias binding.
• Hem the bottom.
How to Sew a Niqab
Simple Elastic Niqaab
- For a single layer niqaab: Cut a rectangle of fabric 13"x17".
- Hem the two long sides and one short side.
- Fold the unhemmed sided under 1/4", fold again 1/2" and stitch close to the edge of the fold.
- Cut a length of 1/4" wide elastic, long enough to go around your head.
- Pass the elastic through the 1/2" hem of the niqaab.
- Overlap the two ends of the elastic and stitch together firmly using tiny zigzag stitches.
- **Note** Instead of elastic, ties could be added to either side of the niqaab for tying behind the head.
- Cut a 4" wide rectangle. long enough to go around your head like a band, with a couple of inches overlapping - or if you prefer, make the band long enough to tie behind your head.
- Press a 1/4" inch hem along both long edges of the rectangle band. Fold the band in half, lengthwise, wrong sides (pressed hems) together.
- Cut a rectangle large enough to cover the face. Double if material is thin. Hem.
- Find the center of the band and the center of the face cover. Match.
- Pin the face cover in the slit of the band (i.e. between the folded hems)
- Leave an opening for the eyes.
- Sew the two pieces of the niqaab together. Sewing from one side of the eye opening out the the end and from the other side of the eye opening out to the end. Refer to diagram
- **Note** This seam allowance needs to be very slight, otherwise the space for the eyes will not stay open.
- Add snaps or velcro on the overlap of the headband, to close. (unless it was made long enough to tie back).
Niqaab with Eye Cover
- This is basically the same as the headband niqaab, except that a thin netting or mesh type fabric is stitched to the headband. This can stay atop the head for better visibility or flipped down to conceal the eyes.
- Cut the rectangle headband about 4"inches wide x the length needed to go around the head.
- Press a 1/4" hem along both long edges of the headband.
- Fold the headband in half, lengthwise, wrong sides together.
- Stitch the face cover to the bottom folded edge of the headband (with a slight seam allowance) leaving an opening slit for the eyes.
- Pin the eye mesh into the open seam at the top of the headband, (i.e. between the folded hems), stitch the seam all the way along the headband.
Instructions for Sewing a Basic Khimar
- 115cm (45") wide fabric will give you a khimar that's anywhere from wrist-length to finger-tip length, depending on your height.
- Purchase 2.5m (3yards) of fabric.
- Soft, lightweight, cotton material works best. If it's a bit stretchy, that's even better. Single-knits (a.k.a. "T-Shirt material") work great. You could also use lightweight silky polyester.
- Fold in half, right sides together, with the fold at the top.
- If the material is silky, pin in several places to prevent shifting.
- Referring to the diagram: cut a large smooth curve from the bottom right to the top left corner. Points A-B.
- Start by cutting a straight line, parallel to the raw edge, curve the line toward Point B, and end with a straight line, parallel to the left edge. This will ensure that the front and back of the khimar is straight and not in a "V" cut.
- In order to make the front and back even, start Point "A", about 10cm (4") from the corner.
- Sew up the front of the khimar, from Points A-C. Leaving the rest open for your face.
- Try on the khimar. The face opening will probably need adjusting. It should fit snug under your chin.
- Hem the face opening and lower edges of the khimar as desired.
- Make an underscarf.