Iranian style al-Amira hijab sewing tutorial
Some sisters name this hijab like “full coverage hijab”. Some – “hijab covering underchin area”, or just khimar. Once I found one more name for it – “Iranian style al-Amira hijab”.
This kind of hijab (or khimar) is sewn using knit fabric and has very comfortable detail – triangle on the bottom face line. And it can be put on underscarf or without underscarf, when it has special visor.
I do not like visors, I do not like to sew them as it is difficult to have the same cutting for it for all sizes and it is difficult to guess. That is why in most cases, even when this hijab has visor, sister wear it with underscarf. When you sew hijab for yourself you have a chanсe to make it with proper form and size.
We will try three possible options!
[icegram messages=”5527″] You need jersey fabric – a piece with width 1.5m and length 1m. If you want to sew shorter hijab you need less fabric – shorter length.
- More details about khimar and jilbabs types
- How to sew jersey without serger and cover stitch machine
The cutting is the following:
On the picture above you see how to fold fabric and how to cut the base part of the hijab.
A – 150 cm
B – 100 cm
C – 70 cm
This figurate bottom line is the best one! It looks very womanly and very beautiful.
Remember that the best difference between front and back lengths (С and B) is 25-30 cm or more.
Sew all sides with serger.
How to sew bottom line for this khimar? This figurate line is not easy to fold so we have two options: rolled hem or … to use the lace.
Let’s talk about under-chin area. Here we have also two options. First one is small triangle – it will be tight to your face. Second one it to do larger triangle to have more free space under your hijab.
The visor.. I can honestly tell you that I tried several times different ways of sewing these visors. I did not like any of them but show to you one of the best visor I got.
These parts you should cut from the rest of you fabric.
D – half of the width of the under-chin triangle – about 14 cm considering seam allowances
E – the length of the under-chin triangle – about 25 cm considering seam allowances
F – the length of the visor – about 13.5 cm considering seam allowances
G – half of the width of the visor – about 14 cm considering seam allowances
!!! Important: these values are for the head size M considering extensibility factor (read about it here: click here). For other head sizes you will need to adapt values for about +-0.5 cm.
Cut under-chin triangle and visor and sew edges. These parts can be cut also in double-layer way to have them more tight.
Now I advise you to sew in a way “do step and try it on”.
If you do not have underscarf-tube you can sew it from the rest of your fabric. Just follow these instructions: click me
First try to wear it with visor.
By the way, to cut proper size visor you could also do the following: take existent underscarf tube, put on prepared hood with already attached under-chin triangle and draw the visor right on your head with chalk (or piece of soap). Then just re-draw the picture from your underscarf and cut needed figure.
Attach it to the hood.
As you see on the picture above this hijab has big triangle under-chin detail and hijab does not fit to the head without a help. When I put it on I had a wish to move it more to the back and in this way I would need again to wear underscarf. This happens because for the face part there is not enough tension. To solve this elastic ribbon has to be sewn to be put on the back of your head.
When you start to use elastic ribbon the visor will be tight to you head and in this case you will not need to use underscarf.
It is also possible to make very narrow visor and put hijab on the underscarf. Elastic ribbon also can be used. The visor in this case has a role of pipping.
I liked the model of this hijab without visor at all. And elastic ribbon is not needed in this case. It is like very wide al-amira hijab that covers carefully area under the chin.