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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)


-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


-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.


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


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


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.


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)


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.


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


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.


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:


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**


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.


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


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.


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


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!


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.


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


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.

Butterfly Abayall

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! :)



Oh Baby!


An amazing friend of mine is having her first baby this summer! So, of course I just had to make her baby some crocheted goodness. ;)

Pattern for the dress can be found on this awesome blog. Since it’s going to be summer, I left out the sleeves.


I found a tutorial for these Mary Jane booties on crochet geek. The difference between hers and mine is that I did not add any straps.

Lastly I kind-of didn’t really follow an official pattern for the hat, so sorry no tutorial/pattern link for that.

Here’s another pic of the whole ensemble just ‘cuz I’m really lovin’ the result.


(If anyone was wondering, I used Caron’s Simply Soft Pistachio yarn.)

That’s all for now. Have an awesome day everyone!



Fall Into Spring Dress: A Sewing Tutorial

 IMG_20130426_115017_838  IMG_20130426_115141_531 Don’t you just hate it when you have so much fabric but don’t know what to do with it? Sadly, I had a creative-block this entire week. But then finally, the other day I thought up a design and I created the Fall into Spring Dress! :)

This is suppperrr easy to make. No, really it is.

Here is what you’ll need:

-Around 1.5 yards of fabric or more. The width of the fabric should be 58″ (This will make the dress and the tights/churidar)
-Elastic Thread
-Bias Tape
-2 buttons
-Press buttons/snap buttons

***Click the pics to make ’em bigger***

The Steps:

This is a draft of the pattern I created for this dress. You could just use this to make the dress, but I’ll show you the steps too.


This is the bodice piece. You fold the fabric in half, so the width is 17″ and the full length is 13″ (this can be different depending on the size of your child. My niece wears clothes for 4-5 year olds.) You create a slant so that you should have a 6″ neckline and 3″ armholes. Cut the pieces.

The two skirt pieces should be 18″x36″. These are box pleat markings for the skirt. I did .5″ regular seam, and then 2″ for the first half of the box pleat and another 2″ for the second half. You repeat this pattern till the end of the skirt. (So its, .5″ mark, 2″ mark, 2″mark)


Shirr/Smock the two bodice pieces and then sew them together. An awesome tutorial on how to shirr/smock can be found here.

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Using bias tape, we are going to make the straps. My straps were 15″ long. I left a bit on the ends to sew a clean edge. You start attaching from the back armhole and then go to the front and keep sewing until to the end of your strap.

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I tried to create an actual button hole, but alas my bias tape was too strong for my machine. So, I decided to make faux buttons…that actually work. ;) so basically you attach the press button to the edges of the bias tape. Then to the front you sew a regular button.

Hem the skirt pieces and then make the box pleats. Join the skirt pieces together and attach this to your bodice portion.

Now follow this tutorial to make the churidar/tights with the rest of your fabric.

  IMG_20130426_115657_342   IMG_20130426_115222_199Yeah you are done! Simple right?I hope you guys have fun making this dress. Happy Friday!

P.S Don’t forget to hit the like/follow button :)



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! :)


So that’s a mullet skirt!?



I was a bit hesitant to make this skirt since I’d never stitched one before. So my first time making a mullet skirt was a bit… overwhelming. The circle skirt was easy enough to do, but the hemming was h-a-r-d, hard to do. Hence, my adding the cutesy ruffles.

Any-who, I broke up the outfit into a few parts to lesson the overwhelmingness. (yes, I’ve just invented a new word) Also, instead of just making a mullet skirt, I made a mullet dress for my niece. & let me tell you, she adores this outfit. She keeps running around in it and flouncing about.

Here are some more pictures:

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Have a great day everyone! :)


Inspired by ModCloth

Firstly, I just made a body form/ mannequin out of duct tape! It was an…interesting experience. You see, I ran out of duct tape while doing the second layer and it ended up looking pretty…ugly. Even though it isn’t very appealing to the eyes, the body form still works perfectly! So, I decided to test it out on a recent outfit I made for my sister.


My take on the design

This design was inspired by an old design from Modcloth. I didn’t use a pattern, I just sort of drew up how I thought the dress was made and then sewed the dress myself. Truthfully this was an annoying outfit to make. 1) Because I’ve never done anything like it. 2) The neckline was a pain to do.

I had very limited amount of fabric (2.5-3 yards). This meant working around the amount of fabric, instead of focusing on the actual design. This can get pretty frustrating, especially when the design is something new too.

ModCloth outfit

So, I had to make some changes from the original ModCloth outfit. Here is the original=>

Unlike the original, I added less gathers on the top and bottom, and created a box pleated neckline with buttons. I also added a huge belt…which I probably went overboard with. But, I think it works, what say you all?

Here is a close up on the neckline:


The whole dress:


I really wanted to make a full pleated dress…but darn I didn’t have enough fabric >__< So it’s not as poofed from the bottom as the original is.

I’d love to make this dress again. There are many hijinks I think I know how to fix now that I’ve made this once. But, I’ll probably have to make this a few times to get it right.

That’s all for now.

Thanks for reading, and have a great day! =]

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To Measure or not to Measure?

Yes, sadly that is the question. Why sadly? Because I must confess…it’s a bit annoying to take measurements. Yes I just said that.

To start sewing an outfit, the first thing you really need to do is get measurements. Yeaahhh, how fun right? Not.  It’s a bit tedious, but once you get this down, you usually don’t have measure again unless you gain/lose weight. So hopefully it’ll be a one time thing.

I’ve divided the measuring process into “measurements in the round” and “measurements lengthwise” to make it easier. The following pictures show the measurements you will need to take:

**Click the pictures to make them bigger**


Front: Measurements in the round

1) Measure from front shoulder to shoulder.*Do not do this in the round* (when cutting add .5″ seam allowance)

2) Measure your “middle” armhole to armhole. *Do not do this in the round* (This will ensure great fit! Add a bit less than .5″seam allowance)

3) Measure the fullest part of your bust. (Add maybe an inch and a half(or more) for  comfort and also seam allowance.)

4) Measure your waist. To help find your waist, lean to one side and the crease you make is your waist. (Add inch(s) for comfort & seam)

5) Measure the fullest part of your hips. (again add a couple of inches for more comfort +seam)

Back: Measurements in the round

1) Measure your back shoulder to shoulder.*Do not do this in the round* (when cutting add .5″ seam allowance)

2) Measure your “middle” armhole to armhole *Do not do this in the round*(when comparing to the front, the back “middle” armhole length should be a bit wider)

Sleeve: Measurements in the round

1) Measure your armhole. (Add .5-1″ or more for comfort + seam)

2) Measure your bicep (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

3) Measure your elbow loosely (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

4) Measure your forearm (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

5) Measure your wrist (Add ” for more comfort +seam)


Front: Measurements lengthwise

1) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to “middle” armhole

2) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to the fullest part of your bust.

3) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to your waist. (bend sideways to see where your waist is)

4) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to your hips.

5) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to the full length your what your outfit to be.

Back: Measurements lengthwise

1) Measure from the middle of your shoulder to the “middle” armhole

Sleeve: Measurements lengthwise

Measure armhole length. (usually 7-8.5″)

1) Measure from tip of shoulder to bicep

2) Measure from tip of shoulder to elbow

3) Measure from tip of shoulder to forearm

4) Measure from tip of shoulder to wrist

Oh! Before I forget, also measure your front neckline. How wide you want it and how deep.

**Also when cutting the garments use the measurements for the back to cut out both front and back pieces. And then differentiate front and back pieces by cutting the front to accommodate the bust.**

Moving on to Toddler/children measurements:


**For toddlers, there isn’t really a differentiation between back and front.**

Front/Back Measurements in the round:

1) Shoulder to shoulder *Not in the round*

2) Width of neckline

3) End of armhole to armhole/ chest in the round. (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

4) Hips (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

Sleeve Measurements in the round:

1) Armhole (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

2) Bicep (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

3) Elbow (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

4) Wrist (Add ” for more comfort +seam)

Front/Back Measurements lengthwise:

1) Shoulder to armhole length

2) Shoulder to the length your want

Sleeve Measurements in lengthwise:

1) Tip of shoulder to bicep

2) Tip of shoulder to elbow

3) Tip of shoulder to wrist

** Also get the neckline measurements too, how wide you want and the depth. (I mentioned the width, but forgot to mention depth)

It’s hard to measure kids, so if they move around a lot you can use a shirt that fits them really well as a guideline.

That’s all for now. Let me know if you have any questions.

Happy blogging! :)



Free Sewing Tutorial: Flouncy Dress + Churidar Salwar (Lots of Pics)

The neckline & arm have elastic

The neckline & arm have elastic


The wrinkles/gathers at the bottom is what makes this salwar unique

The other day my sister gave me a kameez+salwar that she said she didn’t want anymore, so I decided to turn it into a Flouncy Dress + Churidar Salwar for my niece. The dress was really easy to make and so was the churidar.

Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get crackin’!

Needed Materials: (Since I was making this outfit from an already made outfit, the yardage I say below is an estimate)

-Around 3/4 yards (you may need less/more depending on your little one’s size) of fabric for the top. (My niece wears clothes for a 4 year old, so this much fabric was good)

-Around 1(1.5)yard (you would need the fabric to be 1(1.5) yards x 54″ or more to have enough…more is always good) for the Chooridar salwar.

-Elastic! (I used the kind that you can find in the 99 cent store & come in 3 sizes) Use the smallest (1/4″) size for the neckline + arms. Use the 1/2″ for the chooridar.

**Click on the pictures to make them bigger**

Fl1I don’t use an official pattern where you print it out and put it onto the fabric. I basically draw out what I want and use this as a guide for when I cut out the fabric.

Okay so let’s officially start!

The Dress:

  1. Use the widest measurement you have and use this as a guide for how much you should start the folding with. Get your fabric and fold it in half length wise twice. (In this photo I have only folded it once because I’m using one side of the kameez, but since you guys should have the full fabric you can use the real method).
  2. Draw out a wide neckline. For a little kid, around 4.5″ is good.
  3. Draw out the armhole shape. You can use an old shirt for a guide.
  4. Draw the basic shape you want the dress to take. Use what ever length you desire the dress to be. (This one is 20″)


The Sleeve:

Use your bodice as a guide for cutting the armhole as shown:


Here is how the sleeve should look like. Make 2

Here is how the sleeve should look like. Make 2

Here is what this all should look like once cut:


The Churidar:

I think it’ll be best if you guys just see how I folded the fabric. I did one leg at a time.

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I had to switch sides to make sure the chooridar would fit my niece. Sorry bout the switcheroo

I had to switch sides to make sure the chooridar would fit my niece. Sorry bout the switcheroo


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Sewing The Dress:

Place the right side of one bodice armhole on top of the right side of one sleeve armhole so that the wrong side is facing up. Sew along the edge of the armhole leaving .5″ seam allowance. Do the this to the rest.



It should look this this when all sewn up. Now you can over-lock the edges before moving on so that nothing frays.

Now you are going to fold the neckline to create a hem for the elastic. **Make sure to leave a small portion unsewn so you can squeeze in the elastic**:

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Do the same to the sleeve:


Time to put in some elastic! Get your handy dandy safety pin and do this:

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Now you rinse and repeat. Just kidding. Just do the same for the sleeves. And sew the ends of the elastic together.

Now just sew up the side seams. Don’t forget to over-lock. You are done with the Flouncy Dress!! (Sorry I don’t have pic)

Sewing the Churidar:

Remember the triangle piece we cut up earlier? You are going to:


I have no clue why I wrote: “Sew the seam to up.” Just ignore that and instead just sew these pieces together on both legs

This is a pic of it sewn together

This is a pic of it sewn together

Now you sew up the crotch seams, follow the pics:

One leg crotch ontop of another leg crotch

One leg crotch ontop of another leg crotch

It should look like this

It should look like this

Sew up the inner leg seams and hem the bottom and you are done!


I love the wrinkles on the bottom

I love the wrinkles on the bottom!


You are done! Congrats on making your first Flouncy Dress and Churidar. :) That wasn’t so bad was it?

I hope you have as much fun making it as I did. I would love to see any pictures you take if you make this outfit. Let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day everyone!


Crochet Baby Dress

Dress1How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could

i cant fix the sidewayness >_<

i cant fix the sidewayness >_<

chuck wood? Hmmm… I really don’t know, and I definetly don’t recall what pattern I used for this dress since I made it a year ago for my niece. (But if any of you want the pattern, I’ll try to find it!) The skirt of the dress is made up of double crochet shells, and the increase causes it to be a full circle dress as seen in the picture. I remember it took me a looong time to make this and I used up quite a bit of yarn…which is probably why I never made it again ;) But, it looked adorable on my niece so it was worth it.