shorten that abaya, shorten that dress

The first DIY. I wanted to make it simple, easy & something every girl is in need of. Which is to shorten your abaya or dress. Most of us girls have an abaya/dress that is inside our closet, hardly ever worn because its too long. Honestly who wouldn't want to learn a cool simple trick that would save you cash from going to the tailors and allows you to finally be able to fix your own abayas, I do

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Lets get started 
Equipment you will need is:
  • tape measure
  • chalk
  • scissors
  • thread
  • pins  
  • needle for handsewing *take this option if you don't have a sewing machine.
  • sewing machine 
*Please note when it comes to abayas I measure in inches, why? because abaya sizes are in inches, and it is more simple. If you prefer to do your measurements in cm please do.

1 Measure yourself. With help from a friend or a family member, measure the length that you require your garment to be. You will need a measuring tape, start from your shoulder and measure down to the length you desire.
2 Lay it down. Now that you have your measurement sorted, lay the garment down on a flat space, whether it is on your dinning room table, or on your carpet.
3 Measure again. Lay the tape measure down on your garment and with your chalk mark the new length you want your garment to be.
4 The trick. *Now this is neat little trick.  Take your tape measure and measure from the bottom of your garment to the chalk mark you have just made. You will then add half an inch 1/2" to the chalk mark. This half inch is how much you will fold when you sew. Yes half is a lot, but you will be double folding the hem. The measurement from the bottom of the garment to your new chalk mark will be the measurement you will use to mark the rest of your garment with chalk.
5 The cut. Take your scissors and cut cut cut the excess length, follow your chalk marks.
6 And sew. Fold the hem twice, pin the fold in place and sew. It is your choice now what manner you will sew, whether you want to hand sew the hem in place, or machine sew.




20 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing! This is something very easy!

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    1. Thank you my love, it is very easy. x

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  2. It looks easy but it's not I know.
    Btw it is really great(full tutorial)❤
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you ;). trust if you try it it will not be that hard. x

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  3. So professionally done!

    I do some sewing myself for fun but when I need to shorten an abaya, dress or sjirt, I usually hold it in front of me and estimate the length that needs to be cut off. then I cut it off and sew it up. Sometimes it works nicely but sometimes it's too short. I'm one of those lazy sew-ers.

    So people if you want to be professional then follow this tutorial :)

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    1. Thanks Jameela, honestly I think we all have a lazy sewer in us. If you see the way i sew own garments you will laugh. But for others it has to be perfect, their garments take time to sew. My sister and I have a joke that seamstress are more careful with others garments and lazy with their own.

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  4. I am really bad at sewing! And adjusting...tried it once and messed up....so now give it to someone to do!

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    1. Muslim Mummy, lol, if you have someone to do it for you your lucky.

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  5. Great tips, and I love the photos masha'Allah. I recently needed to shorten a dress and thankfully had my Nan on hand to help me, alhamdulillah :) Maybe next time I will attempt it by myself insha'Allah!

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    1. Thank you Khawlah, it lovely when you have someone to help. For this tutorial it is best to have a helping buddy. Unless you know the length that you wear your dress. x

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  6. This is so great! Especially when you live in a place where you have to buy abayas online the costs can really wrack up so it's so great to be able to save money and do something so simple on your own!

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    1. Yes, that was the idea when making the tutorial, not everyone has a tailor close by. Or even a family member that knows how to sew. So its for the the sisters that what to learn for themselves. x

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  7. Am no good at sewing... actually I am spoilt.. my mom is such an expert MashaAllah... I never attempt anything myself. Better have it done by her.. am sure if I tried I won't be that bad inshaAllah... good job on the tutorial here 😊

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    1. Thank you, haha, I used to be like that. I have no excuses now, when you know how to sew, I have to tailor all my own clothes now ;) x

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  8. Oh wow you make it look so easy!! I think I might still give it to my mother in law to alter lol! I am always worried that it won't look professional if I do it.

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    1. Trust me when i Tell you that it is easier then it looks. Its great when you have some to do it for you if you can't ;)

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