I drew dozen of patterns versions, I spent meters of fabric, and as usual by following “trial and error” method, by tending to find the most comfortable and beautiful hijab I have learnt how to sew these khimars, how to make patterns and to adapt them for different needs. On this page you find an overview of the models developed by me and general recommendations.
All what I got and can recommend for others I split into groups and describe each below.

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Khimar’s bottom face-line design type

  • known model “khimar-niqab” is the best choice. It is called “Khimar-niqab” because bottom face-line can be made a bit smaller and put on “your nose” and in such way you will get the covered face. But this way is not comfortable as niqab should be easily removable from the face and it should “breath”. So khimar-niqab is just the name to define the base pattern and we cut them in a way to wear bottom face-line on the chin only

  •   when khimar is made using not elastic fabric, I suggest to double the bottom face-line with jersey piece – to sew one more layer under the original one. This will ensure that the khimar is fixed on the chin, and also when khimar is moved (when you are eating for example) this second layer will still keep the chin covered. What do you think?

  • khimars with triangle or another form jersey gusset inserted for the chin-area – the same as the important part  of the Iranian Style al-Amira hijab, this hijab we already made together.

You will need to use jersey piece for you khimar only if you use not elastic fabric. If you are going to make whole khimar using jersey fabric, you will not need any additional gusset.

Khimars’ top (forehead) face-line design types

  • “single cut” – no additional cuttings for headband

  • “set in” headband

  • combined style

KHIMAR STYLE DESIGNS

Almost everyone who design clothes give them special names. For me it is more native to give the names which will hint the style.

Regular Khimars

Islamic headdress (without sleeves).

  • mini – having shoulder-length. Can be used as underscarves.
  • midi – covering shoulders and breast
  • maxi – this is already khimar poncho, see below.

Design it how do you want! I like very much strong assymenty- backside much longer than front side.

Khimar-poncho

But you know what is poncho, don’t you? And this khimar type is overhead poncho!
You probably met such already – very long khimar with cuffs or without them.

Khimar-cape

or overhead cape )). Similar to the khimar-poncho but with  slits for the hands.
You can do even maxi length and different forms of the bottom area. This one is good for windy weather, the slits with the hands in them will keep khimar on his place even when you meet a storm.

Khimar-kaftan

Looks similar to kaftans but with overhead effect. This one is good for cold season to put it on outerwear or just on abaya having long wide sleeves.

Khimar-kimono

It is something in between the izdal and khimar-kaftan. It has sleeves but short ones – “kimono” or “dolman”.

Khimars with long sleeves

Izdal, or overhead abayas, or French Jilbabs, etc. All are having long sleeve.
Honestly speaking I do not recommend floor-length for the overhead abayas. Anyway to put on only such abaya on the body is not possible, you will need to have pants, skirt or dress under it. The hemline will always sweep earth and in the same time will pull up together with your hands independently of the length of the sleeves (Unless you do all body movements very-very carefully). Thus I think the best length is calf-length and under it are skirts or dresses.
And you have plenty possibilities to design such khimars individually .

And for each such khimar you can add pockets, laces, color combinations, frills, pleats, sling solutions and so on. Just remember that there is a measure in all things.

 

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