Here we sew very simple khimar. If you are going to sew khimar first time, I recommend you to start exactly with this kind of them – short one, using jersey fabric. The pattern is known already for many of you but we are considering here more details and all special points. Read carefully and then start sewing!
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So Jersey khimar!

Please remember, when we sew jersey fabric we always should consider its extensibility factor. And because of this factor the pattern sizes for the same khimar sewn with not elastic fabrics will have other values! And one more thing: when we sew Jersey we have always to cut pattern following straight grain. Please don’t cut it following the bias grain as eventually your sewn garment will become outstretched.

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Short khimar pattern explanation

The base of the any khimar patter is triangle, which we transform to trapeze and make round bottom. For pattern take half of the trapeze.

Before start I’d like to recommend:

  • the back part of the khimar should have length  25-30 cm longer than front one
  • head-band width has to be 10 cm and has to have curly from
  • bands itself have to be made from not elastic fabric
  • front and back parts have to be stitched with sewing machine and not with serger or cover stitch machine

The pattern of the short khimar looks as follows:

On the left is half of the back khimar part. On the right side – half of the front part.

, where
a – The width of the bottom face-line
b – The width of the top face-line (for the standard models а=b)
c – The length of the garment from sides – has to be measured starting from temple
d – The length of the garment in front (usually с+5cm)
e – The length of the garment from back side (usually d+25cm)
h – the maximum width of the head-band (usually 10 cm)
j – the width of the head-band on the ends (usually 7 cm)

For jersey khimar I recommend depending on the head size:
S  2*а = 28
M 2*а = 29
L  2*а = 30

Khimar details cutting schemas

Fabric preparation for cutting

For this kind of the khimar you will need a piece of fabrics with length  e+1cm and width=150 cm. Cut it in half to get two pieces having the width 75 cm.  Each of these pieces has to be fold in half to cut the khimar’s back and front sides.

Cutting of the front and back khimar sides

Take one piece of the fabric put in half and you can draw the front side of the khimar and explained above. Add 1 cm of seam allowance to the a.  And then using already cut front part you can draw and cut back side on the second piece of the fabric. Maximum width of the khimar is limited by width of the fabric pieces – yellow line of on the picture below. For small sizes, for baby-girls for example you do not need to used full width.

Cutting of the khimar’s head-band

Using the rest of the fabric you can cut khimar’s head-band. Remember when you sew jersey khimar your head-band should consist of three parts:  forehead part itself cut from the jersey; and two bands you will use to tie khimar – and them you should cut from the non-elastic fabric.

For the forehead part you have several options: to make it two-layers, to make it one-layes, to make it crossover. The standard design is two-layer head-band – it will be tight enough to hold khimar on a head.

For the forehead part you need rectangle of the jersey fabric with width 43 cm and length 22 cm. 43 cm is ok for head-sizes S, M and L. For smaller sizes you will need less and the formula is head circumference multiplied by 0,75. 22 cm is very ok for head-sizes S and M, for L it could be 23-24cm – it is defines the width of the head-band.  Follow the schema below: put in half to have the with 11 cm; then put it again in half to have the width about 21,5 cm; then cut it to give it a round form, this is needed to let khimar to smoothly fit the head.

Khimar sewing schema

We need to attach head-band to the back side of the khimar. Sew face line of the front part. Sew hem line for both sides, for jersey just apply rolled hem. And then join back and front sides.

It is better to sew  the side lines of the khimar  using sewing machine and not with the coverstich or with serger only. In this way you provide possibility to adapt the hijab size later when your hijab stretched or to adapt it by your customers. It is more important when you sew khimars for others and sell them online because you should give the customers possibility to change the khimar’s size  easily by themselves.  The sewing machine stitches can be easily moved to fit any head size. Think about this!

The width between side stitches (yellow line) should correspond to head size and  for the  standard models when a = b  this width equal to 2*a value (see pattern explanation).

Live photos

Jersey is very soft and very comfortable for the face. If you want to start wear khimars start with this one!

Newest advices

After a while, when I’ve got more experience in such khimar sewing, I’d like to advise you to use such form of the hem line for the back side – yellow marked on the picture below. This will look much more attractive.


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