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Sewing Tutorial For the Belt Portion of the Butterfly Abaya

How to Sew the Belt part of the Butterfly Abaya

Hey everyone,

This post is loooonngg overdue and I sincerely apologize for the delay. >__< So without further ado, here is the followup tutorial for the Butterfly Abaya:

This following step 7 in the Butterfly Abaya tutorial:

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* Open up your butterfly abaya so that the front (with the deeper neckline) is facing you. Now measure from the shoulder down 15″ -16″ (where your waist is). Make a 3 inch line. Divide your waist measurement by 2.  Let’s say this is also 15″. So measure from the center of your 3″ line across 15″ to your other side where you will again mark 3″. These 3″ lines will be your belt holes.

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*Make a square on another piece of fabric. This square should be bigger than 3″ all around since you will be hemming the edges of this. After doing this, make a narrow rectangle 3″ long like the one above. Do this again to get 2 of these pieces in total.

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*For your front belt cut a 6″ wide piece that is 15″(or ur half wasit msrmt) long. We will be folding this in half and sewing it.

**For your back belt, cut a 6″ wide piece that is around 4 inches wider than your half waist msrmt. This is for comfort.

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**Hem all the sides of the square pieces you cut out earlier. Then align the square pieces to the 3″ line on your main fabric.

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It should look like this aligned. Use pins to secure into place.

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**Start sewing from one line all the way down. Stop, raise your needle and pivot your fabric around. Sew 2 stitches, stop, raise your needle and pivot your fabric around and sew back up. Then you stop, raise needle, pivot and sew to the beginning stitch.  You will get a beautiful rectangle this way.

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**This is what it should look like at the end. Do this to the other square/side as well.

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**Now pinch the fabric, and snip a little bit.

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**Lay the fabric flat, and continue snipping until you reach the edge.

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**This is what it should look like. Yours will be much neater, I’m sure. ;)

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**Now stuff the square into the hole. Press/iron into place and then top stitch for neat finish.

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**Now sew the front belt piece together. Then turn it right side out. You will have a long tube so press/iron in place.

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**For your back belt portion: Sew the pieces together. Turn it right side out. Then take the elastic and thread it through the entire piece. Then sew into place by stretching the elastic as you go.

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**Sew ONLY ONE side of your front and back belt together.

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**This is what it will look like.

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**Thread the sewn portion into one of the belt holes.

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**Now sew the other 2 belt sides together.

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**And you are done with the belt! This is what the front will look like. The back is with the elastic side.

I hope this was helpful! Let me know if you have any more questions.

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Here is a link to my other sewing tutorials.

I hope you have an awesome day! Until next time =]


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Butterfly Abaya: A Sewing Tutorial

Butterfly Abaya

I loovvee this abaya a lot, so I thought why not share the love? :) It’s one of the easiest abayas to make, but because of how awesome it looks at the end, people assume it’s hard. The only tough part is that there is a lot of fabric…and I mean a lot of fabric, so that get’s overwhelming a bit a lot. But don’t worry, take deep breaths, be confident, and begin making your butterfly abaya =]

Now as you can see from the pictures I’ve made two different types of abayas(even though there’s 3 pics). The first two are the belted butterfly abayas and the last is the regular/plain one. All of ’em are pretty awesome so I’ll be showing you guys how to do both inshaAllah.

There’s a bit of math before we start, so here goes:

The amount of fabric you’ll need will be based on your height. Have someone measure you from middle of your shoulder to your feet. If you are for example, 5 ft 4″ the length you’ll need is around 54″. The amount of fabric you’ll need is 54inches x 2=108″ or 3yards. (I suggest getting 3 and 1/4 yards or more.) So the formula is: your full length x two divided by 36 inches. (36 inches =1 yard)

Materials:

-Around 3-4 yards of fabric depending on your height. The width of the fabric must be atleast 58″ or 60″ so remember to ask for this width when buying fabric.

-1/4 yard contrasting fabric, only if you are making the belted abaya.

– 1 inch/2 inch Elastic

-Bias tape or you can also use left over fabric to make your own

-sewing machine and sewing stuff

Measurements:

-Have someone measure you from wrist to wrist, add an inch and a half to this and write this down.

-Have someone measure your full length from middle of your shoulder, over your bust down till your toes.

Let’s get started:

**Click the pics to make them bigger**

**Read everything through before making this**

Since there’s a lot of fabric involved I thought it’d be better to show you all how to make this abaya through paper instead of actual fabric.

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1) This is just a reference to your fabric when it is laid flat.

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2) Fold your fabric length wise. Use pins to secure the ends so that they do not move.

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3) Fold your fabric width wise and secure all loose ends with pins. Now you should have two folded sides and two loose end sides.

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4) Draw a shape like this on your fabric. (click the pic to make bigger) The width on top is half of your wrist-wrist measurement. Your arm opening should be around 7-8″. (For two of the belted abayas I had to extend the arm since my fabric wasn’t long enough, that’s why you see a different color on the arms.) Don’t worry if isn’t exactly like mine, it’s okay, the awesomeness of this abaya is that it gives you leeway for mistakes (and my abayas are far from perfect)

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5) Now make the neckline. The width is 3″ and the depth is 1″. After this, say bismillah and start cutting. If you didn’t leave allowance for your sewing while you drew the shape, it’s okay, because you can just cut 0.5″ outside the lines and it’ll be okay.

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6) Open up your entire abaya…it should look like this

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7) Fold this in half now, make sure your arms match up. Use pins to stop the fabric from moving. Now measure out a 5.5″ deep neckline and cut away. This will be the front of your abaya.

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Now if you are making a plain/regular butterfly abaya, pat yourself on the back, you are basically done cutting, move on to step 16.  :) If you are making a belted one move on to the next step.

Belted Butterfly Abaya:

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This is the back of the belted abaya. As you can see the back is super loose and you can’t see any belt. Now how do we do this?

**Here is the followup tutorial for the belt portion**

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8) Measure your waist and divide this by two. This will be the part of the belt that actually shows, the elastic part will be hidden. Now, where you’ve marked your front neckline open your abaya and measure down 15″ from the fold, mark this down by drawing a line all the way across the fabric. Since we want the belt to be centered, find the center of this line, mark that down. Now take your half waist measurement and divide this in half. From the center of the line we just drew, mark your half-half waist measurements on each side. Take a min to decide how wide you want your belt to be. Let’s say 2.75″, so just draw a line 2.75″ on each side.

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9) Take scrap fabric, and turn em into squares/rectangles. They should be around 4″ (if you used 2.75″ for your belt)

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10) Turn the edges of squares over twice to hem each side. Press/iron in place. Then sew the square pieces to ensure there is no loose threads.

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11) Mark 2.75″ on your sewn squares and draw a box. so like 2.75″ x 0.25″.

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12) Match the boxes on each of your belt “openings”. pin to place and sew the 2.75″x0.25″ onto the abaya. After sewing it, cut the center, without cutting through the seams. fold your boxes to the inside of the abaya, press into place. Now top stitch to hold everything together. Now you have two holes for your belt!

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13) To make the actual belt we need the contrasting fabric. Cut out a front belt half the size of your waist and make it 6″ wide. Then cut out a back belt a few inches more than your actual half waist measurement and make it 6″ wide. Fold each of these pieces so that they are now 3″ wide. Then sew the rough edges together to create two tubes. Turn them right side out and iron in place. Now take some elastic and put in inside the back belt. Sew a little bit, and then start stretching the elastic as you sew until you get to the end of the back belt.

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14) Sew one side of the front and back belt pieces together.

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15) Put it the belt through one of the holes you’ve made, so that the elastic part is on the inside. Now put the other part of the front belt through the other hole. Sew it onto the other side of the back belt piece. wohoo your belt piece is done!

*16) Sorry I don’t have any pictures for the actual sewing since I can’t sew paper ;) But trust me this part is super easy. You have the option of making the arm not so big…To do this you can take some elastic and make a casing as you hem the arm openings. Here is a tutorial on elastic casings. Just use a thin elastic piece. Or you can go the simpler route, just hem the arm openings w/o an elastic. Done! After this match up the arms together and sew each of the sides down. Then hem the bottom, by turning over the fabric twice. Lastly for your neckline do this with bias tape.

***Overlock/zigzag all the rough edges. Press everything in place.

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the black belted butterfly abaya needs some ironing…i was a bit lazy to do so in the heat ;)

You are done! :)

~Few tips: Since there is a lot of fabric, to keep your stitches from stretching don’t let the fabric drag as you sew. When you wear the belted abaya, put the belt of the abaya on first and then the sleeves.

I hope you guys find this tutorial to be helpful. If you have any questions do let me know.

Here is a link to my other sewing tutorials.

As always, hit the like/follow/share button if you enjoyed this. Have an awesome day everyone! :)


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Sewing, Cleaning, and some German Chocolate

First off, I made shorts for my niece! I don’t have a tutorial for this yet since it was my first time making shorts + I did so w/o any pattern. Hence…they were a bit loose for my niece. I will probably add elastic in the back instead of just using interfacing.

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Next, I made a double layered abaya/jilbab for my friend.  It was my first time making this style, so I’m quite pleased with the results. :)

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Check out the sleeves:

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Next, I realized it was time to clean my machine. Can you tell why?

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Before

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After

Pretty and clean, yeah?

That’s all for now, have an awesome day everyone! :)

P.S. How was your week?


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Cute Summer Dress

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Okay so since my new sewing tutorial is WIP, I decided to post up this dress I made for my niece a few weeks ago. I found a tutorial for this cute dress on this amazing  website: Sewing in No Man’s Land

I only made one significant change: I gathered the skirt. :)

Any who, it was a really fun and easy dress to make + it didn’t require too much fabric. (I  just used the scraps I had left over from an abaya I made myself a while ago)

Well that’s all for now, and I’m hoping to post up my new tutorial soon, so stay in tune.

Have a great day everyone! :)