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Matching Dresses

It’s been a while since I last posted about sewing. How the time flies subhanAllah. I haven’t sewn any new garments lately, but I have definitely been mending. I used to dislike having to mend clothes –ugh– I still do, but to a lesser degree.

I was looking through some pictures and came across a few things I’ve sewn over the years but didn’t post about. I thought it’d be nice to share them with everyone.

I made this dress a few years back when my oldest niece was smaller. I was going through a ruffle phase. I am quite fond of flowy dresses, especially with the addition of ruffles. This was made with soft lawn fabric.

I like drawing out the patterns myself and figuring out how to sew them. I made this dress as a challenge to myself to see if I could sew something both layered and ruffled. My other goal was to sew it as neatly as I could. Hmm, seems somewhat successful I think. What say you?


This dress used up quite a bit of fabric. :/ But, I was happy to note that there was just enough leftover for me to make a mini version for my sister’s daughter.

Less ruffly, but just as cute!

My oldest niece really loved this dress and it looked lovely on her mashaAllah. And although she couldn’t speak then, my baby niece looked adorable in her mini-version. I love matching outfits with slight variations to mix em up.

That’s all for now. Thank you for reading!

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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:


* 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.


*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.


*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.


**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.


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


**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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


**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.


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


**This is what it will look like.


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


**Now sew the other 2 belt sides together.


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

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Pettiskirt Goodness

I finally got to finishing my niece’s pettiskirt.

Here are some pictures of the pettiskirt:


My niece absolutely loved it! And I was soo happy to see her being happy. =]


I love the purple and lilac/pink combo :)


(I love this pic)


Pretty ruffles!

For this skirt, I bought 3 yards of purple nylon chiffon, and 2 yards of lilac nylon chiffon. Then I cut the purple into long strips that were 6″ wide, and the lilac into strips 2″ wide. Then came loads of ruffling and sewing, and ruffling and some more sewing. I followed this tutorial.

The annoying part was sewing the ruffles onto the purple chiffon. Why? because of this:


The ruffles went a little  really crazy and kept folding upon itself(themselves?) It was a p.a.i.n to unfold the ruffle, then sew, stop sewing, unfold the ruffle, sew etc. >_<

Annoyingness aside, I’m really glad I made this skirt. My niece is happy with it and so am I :)


(She also made me wear my skirt and then we spun in circles together)



The Frilltastic Pettiskirt

For the past few days I have been obsessing over pettiskirts. I l-o-v-e them, and their fluffiness. They are so girly, frilly, and awesome. So, ofcourse I just had to make myself one…following this awesome tutorial. ;)

I used 7 yards of very soft tulle for the dark blue and cut them into super long strips that were 9 inches wide. This is a looottt of fabric, I mean a lot. So you’re going to have to cut some  a lot of time out for this project. I suggest cutting the 7 yards in half first ‘cuz 7 yards is a lot of fabric to cut all of once, and my floor wasn’t big enough. -le sigh-

Now for the fluffy frillyness I got 4 yards of the same type of tulle and cut ’em into long strips 2.5″ wide. I also got some satin for the belt. I made mine around 12″ wide…which means in turned out to be around 6″ in the end. All together my skirt is around 24″ long.


That’s half of the ruffled tulle for the project. It get’s a bit overwhelming, so take your time while doing this.


Ruffly goodness!


Pretty ruffles…they kind of look like the ends on jellyfishes :)


For my niece, I made her a “practice” one:


It’s poofy, but not as poofy as I’d like it to be…well I only had less 3 yards of fabric to work with..(my mom’s dupatta) And since it was the type of chiffon that frayed, I needed to fold over the edges.


She still had/is having loads of fun spinning in it though :)


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


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.

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Tutorial: Men’s Shirt to Reversible Baby Waist Coat


It’s been a while since my last tutorial, so I thought why not make something for my new nephew + make it a DIY.

I used my dad’s old shirt for this and -cough- I didn’t really use “accurate” measurements…let’s say I kind of winged it. In my defense, this is for a newborn so it’s hard to actually measure one.  But, you guys should probably measure your little one to ensure best fit. Measure their shoulders, armhole, neckline, chest, and length. Mine came out pretty good w/o measuring tho.

Okay since mine is for a newborn, I only had to use the front laps of the shirt. If you are making this for a larger size, you’ll probably need the whole shirt.

**Click pics to make them bigger**


For the front laps click the pics to see the measurements I used. But this is the basic shape you’ll need.

These are the over all pieces you need:


-2 identical back pieces

-4 front pieces

-2 fake pocket pieces


Sew on your fake pocket pieces first. Mine is about 2″ above the bottom edge


Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams of the pieces together so you should have:


-Woah wt’s that horse doing there??


Anyways, overlap your pieces together so that right side meets right side, and wrong side is out. Sew the pieces together. **Do not sew the armholes together, and leave a 2″ space on the bottom edge of the coat so you can squeeze out your fabric.**


So now squeeze your fabric from the bottom hole and press into place.


Tuck the armhole pieces inward towards each other to hide the frays. Then sew the armhole in place. Be careful not to stretch the armhole while sewing…it’ll look really wonky.


Top stitch everything in place, and you are done! :) You little one can wear it like this….or like this:


Yeah…I shudda ironed it for the picture ;) Oh well… laziness got to me.

Well there you have it folks. Your very own reversible baby/toddler waistcoat. I hope you all found this tutorial to be helpful, even though I’m sure there are better tutorials out there. Let me know if you have any questions. Have an awesome day everyone!

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Old Jeans To New Bag: Sewing Tutorial

jeans bag

So, I had a pair of jeans that were pretty old (you can tell cuz they’re flare jeans), but I didn’t want to throw them out. I was going to just let ’em sit around, but I needed space. Solution: I turned my old jeans into a new bag…with lining!



~One pair of jeans. I believe flared would be best.

~ around 1/2 yard of lining fabric

~Regular sewing stuff

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


Starting from the flare portion, cut around 12″ from the bottom. Then cut open one of the seams


Ignore the stain, I spilled some water.

Mark 4 rectangles that measure 3″x10.5″. Do the same with the other leg. Then cut 2 more 3″x10.5″ rectangles for a total of 10 pieces.


With the rest of your jeans, cut out two 4.0″x13.5″ rectangles for the strap. Then cut two 11″x2″ for the band piece.


Sew five 3″ x10.5″ together. Then sew the remaining five together too.


Iron open the seams!


Sew the pieces together from the bottom. Again iron open the seams


Mark pleats. You can play around with this and make the pleats as wide/short as you’d like the opening to be.


Sew the pleats in place and then sew the side seam of the bag together. See them pointy corners? We don’t want that do we? So…


Mark 1.5″ from the edge at the bottom of the bag and make a triangle. Sew and cut of excess. Do the same to the other side.


Place your band pieces to your opening. Your band is probably too big. So cut and sew it so that it’ll fit the opening.


Sew your strap pieces together. Then to avoid making the tube, iron the edges down, and the fold the strap in half and iron this down. Then sew the edges in place. See, no tube! :)


Sew it in place on the sides of the bag.


You don’t see the straps because I actually attached them later.

Place your bag onto your lining cloth. Outline the bag onto the cloth leaving a bit of allowance.


Make another the same way. So you’ll have 2 pieces.


Cut out a pocket piece and/or zipper piece if you’d like ’em.


Sew on your zip to on of the lining pieces. Tutorial can be found here. Scroll down to see the directions.


Iron down the edges of your pocket piece and sew them onto the other lining piece.


Leaving 0.5″ sew straight seams down to create pen compartments.

Now sew the two pieces together.


Turn your lining bag inside out, so that you are facing the wrong side. Place your jean bag with the strap inside the lining bag, right side facing you. Pin to place if need be. Sew all along the front opening edge. ***Leave around 3″ unsewn so that you can turn the bag right side-out**


Turn your jean side out of the 3″ hole. Fold in this hole and topic stitch the opening in place.


Iron in place and voila, you are done!


With just enough space for your book(s)!

I hope you all found this tutorial useful. Ask questions, if you have any.

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

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Sewing, Cleaning, and some German Chocolate

First off, I made shorts for my baby 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.


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. :)


Check out the sleeves:


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





Pretty and clean, yeah?

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

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Sew Yourself a Messenger Bag


I was looking through some tutorials on messenger bags and honestly, I found them pretty confusing. But, the other day after a lot of thinking and 2 tries later,  I finally figured out how these darn things work. :) I had some left over fabric from a dress I made my niece, and I decided I would make her a matching bag.

*Because this is a child-sized bag, the handles/straps are kid-sized. I’ll let you guys know what to use for adult measurements in the tutorial* The final dimensions are around 9″x 10.5″ for the body of the bag and 27″ for the strap. On an adult the this messenger bag’s straps would be purse-like.

Materials for a 9″ x 10.5″ Bag (For a bigger bag, you’ll need a bit more material) :

Around 1/2 yard of main fabric x 52″ width. I highly recommend using flannel as your fabric. a) it’s pretty sturdy for a bag. b) Flannel looks… terrible after one wash. So since you are probably not going to be washing your bag, it’ll be the perfect fabric for it!
-Around 1/2 yard of lining/contrasting fabric x 52″ width. (again plz use flannel or a stiffer fabric. I bought my green fabric from joann for like 2$)
-Matching button
-Optional: Interfacing (Lining each of your fabric pieces with interfacing will make it sturdier. For my niece’s bag I did not use interfacing, but for my own bag I probably will)

Okay, let’s get crackin’! There will be a lot of pics and words, but making the actual bag is super easy. It’ll take only around 2.5 hours to make :)

  • Cut out two 12″ x10″ rectangles on your main fabric
  • Cut out two 12″x10″ rectangles on your lining/contrast fabric
  • Cut out one 8″ x9.5″ rectangle on your main fabric
  • Cut out one 8″ x 9.5″ rectangle on your lining fabric
  • Cut out one 6″x29″ rectangle on your main fabric **For an adult cut out 6×46″**

Cutting the flap:


This is the 8×9.5″ rectangle on your main fabric. Since this will turn into the flap, you will need to make a curve. To do so, use any circular object…yes even a contacts solution bottle will work ;) Repeat this same process with your 8×9.5″ lining fabric.

For the zipper compartment piece, measure your zipper from opening to end. Add .5″ seam allowance on each side. So if your zip is a 7″ one, cut out an 8″ x8″ box. **If you want to add pockets, you can easily do so. Just cut out the size you need and add seam allowance**




Mark the beginning and end of your zip on one of your contrasting 12×10 rectangles


Place your zipper designated fabric on top of the rectangle you just marked. Sew a rectangle around the points, leaving 0.5″ allowance on the top. Cut into your fabric as shown in the picture.


Squeeze your fabric through the hole you made, and iron it down. Pin your zipper in place and sew.


Turn the fabric around. Fold up your 8″ square and sew the 3 seams shown above. The 2 sides and the top. (I have a seam on the bottom because I added more fabric) **Be sure to only sew your 8″ square! Do not sew into the 12×10″ rectangle!**


Wohoo! You just sewed on a zip! Not so hard, yeah?


Sew your 2 flap pieces together. Clip the circular portions, turn the piece right side up. Iron in place, and top stitch for a neat finish.


Mark the point at which you want your button to be on the flap. Using a button foot, sew a button hole. Test to see if your button fits. :)

If you need, here is a great tutorial for sewing button holes.


Taking both of your 12×10 main fabric rectangles, sew up 3 sides, leaving the forth unsewn. Do the same for your contrasting fabric


Fold the 2 corners that you’ve just made, matching seam to seam to create a triangle of sorts. Mark down 1 1/2″ and draw a line from edge to edge. Sew on this line. This will create a stable base for your bag. Do the same for the contrasting fabric.


Iron the bottom and the sides so create a nice base. Looking like a bag already, yeah?


Take your strap fabric. Iron the edges in.


Fold strap in half, and iron. Top stitch both sides. This will help you avoid making a tube that you’ll have to turn inside out.


Place the right side of your flap on top of the right side of your body and sew in place


On the sides on your bag, sew on your straps. Again, right side on top of right side, so that the wrong sides are facing you.


Woah are we done already?? Nope, sorry just a few more steps!


Turn your contrasting body inside out, so that you are facing the wrong side. Place your main body with the flap + strap inside the contrasting body. Pin to place if need be.


Leave a 4″ space un-sewn! **Your flap portion must be sewn entirely, so the part that should be unsewn is the side directly opposite the flap**


From the small hole we just made, squeeze your fabrics out.


Place the contrasting fabric inside the main fabric. Top stitch the entire opening of your bag, fold in the gap so it looks neat!

Sew on your button. **Make sure to sew only the outer fabric. You do not want to see any seam on the inside**


~Phew! You are done :)


Hmm…what’s that thing sticking outta the bag?


Is that a…?!


Yup it’s my niece’s monkey plushie. :)

Well, I hope you all find this tutorial useful. Ask me questions if you have any.

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Have a great 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!

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