To start sewing we need to choose fabric. And we always have these questions: “Which fabric to choose?” and “How much fabric is needed?”
There is a note about fabric consumption in each sewing tutorial, but here I will try to answer on these two questions in general.

Which fabric should be used for hijab sewing?
To start please get familiar with blog-post where HelikaStyle describes fabric use and types: click me.
And I will start with bad news! Unfortunately there is no standard for fabric naming the shops would need to follow. I visited a lot of shops in several countries and same fabric have different name in each shop.  That is why we need to choose fabric by touching it and watching it, also sometimes it is helpful to ask consulters in the shop, but sometimes it is not. ))

NOTE: here we talk about hijab – headdress and everything else what is overhead dress (French jilbeb for example).

Hijab can be sewn using jersey fabric – viscose or cotton jersey.  It will be same name of the fabric in different shops, but you will meet different quality.  If you need good quality do not try to save money on it. I usually use jersey made in Italy and it has price about 13-16 eur for 1 meter, but it is immortal! But producing country will not tell you anything.  First of all, “everybody lies”!   Secondly,  fabrics made in Italy also can have bad quality.  So you need to choose only by trial and error.  I can tell you that the jersey has to stretch but too much, and the surface has to be more or less bald.   And one more note, I do not recommend to sew midi and maxi khimars from jersey fabric because it is too heavy fabric for this and hijab will be sliding down.

If we do not want to sew jersey, we need to choose other soft, will drapery, not transparent but still light fabric. Color and gloss as you wish. Look for it in shops in the “light fabric” departments.

So just take fabric and gather it like shown the photos below, observe the fabric drapery possibilities.

Here is the example of the light, soft and well-drapery fabric:

Below is the example of the soft but not very light fabric:

And below is the example of the not soft and protruding fabric:

Each time when you buy fabric observe it:  what do you feel when you touch it, how it moves, how it behaves during cutting; then you will become experienced enough to buy fabric even in online shops!

 

How much fabric is needed to sew hijab?
Everything depends on type of the hijab you are going to sew. We consider here three options:

  • Al-Amira hijab
  • Iranian style Al-Amira hijab (khimar)
  • All kinds of khimars and French Jilbabs

To calculate fabric consumption we need to take measurements and choose cutting way. If you are the beginner in sewing, try to draft the pattern on the paper first and then you will be able to place it properly on the fabric piece to find the most economic way of cutting.

Let’s start from taking the measurements.

Size measurements needed to create hijab pattern.
Any headdress has size! If you see definition  “one size”, this means the garment is sewn for size M,  for the size  S it could be too big, for  L – too small. “One size” is usually used for stretching things or when there is a fastening allowing to adjust the size.

The next table you can use to identify your head size.

Head size:  XXS  XS  S  M  L  XL  XXL  XXXL
 Head circumference:   50-51  52-53  54-55 56-57  58-59  60-61  62-63  64-65

To measure a head circumference: measuring tape has to be placed along the middle of the forehead and the most bulging part of the occiput.

When we sew hijab we possibly will  need to consider one more head measurement – Vertical head circumference: measuring tape has to placed along  the center of the underchin area, center of the temple area and between the forehead line and the vertex.


To get the front length of the hijab: measure starting from the temple till needed length


To get the back length of the hijab you can measure it or calculate it. Measure it starting from the eyebrows line over the head middle and the hair style you usually do till the needed length on the back. From the measured value deduct 11 cm.


Calculation formula for the back length of the hijab  = the front length of the hijab  + 20 cm.  If you want to get the back side much longer than the front side you will need to add more than 20 cm.

Also the side length of the hijab may be needed: measure it starting from the temple along the arm till the needed length.

 

FABRIC CUNSUMPTION FOR AL-AMIRA HIJAB SEWING

For the wide and loose al-amira hijab with underscarf you will need a piece of the fabric having the width  140-150 см and length = back length of the hijab + 30 см.

  • 30 cm – for underscarf.

For the Iranian style al-amira hijab the caluclation is the same.

FABRIC CUNSUMPTION FOR KHIMAR SEWING
mini and midi (not very wide)

We need a fabric piece with the length = the back length of the hijab + 30 cm.

  • here 30 cm – is for headband and for seam allowances.

Remember, if you use stretching fabric, for bands itself  you should use another not stretching fabric, for example popline :  a piece having 150 cm width and  8-10 cm length.

FABRIC CUNSUMPTION FOR MINI-MIDI KHIMAR (JILBAB) SEWING
cutting along bias

We need a fabric piece with the length = 2* the side length of the hijab + 50 cm

If you have elastic fabric do not apply cutting along bias! Also pay attention on the prints and fabric texture – not all fabric styles are applicable for cutting along bias.

FABRIC CUNSUMPTION FOR MINI-MIDI KHIMAR (JILBAB) SEWING
cutting allong lengthwise grain

We need a fabric piece with the length = the front length of the hijab + the back length of the hijab + 10 cm
10 cm – for seam allowances.

 

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