The Fabric can Make the Dress


While shopping for dresses, abayas, scarfs and accessories with which to adorn hijabistas, I continued to notice how varying fabrics contrast to create distinct qualities within the same apparel cut and style. The above abayas are from the same structural format, but have different forms with different fabrics.

Patterned Fabric Designs

Patterned designs tend to obscure the garment form.

Denim Skirt and Denim Abaya

As well, the weight of a fabric can strongly influence how the garment hangs and its flow, as in the above denim skirt and abaya.

Knit Abayas

Knits tend to be softer and more breathable than woven fabrics. But knits also tend to stretch and cling to your form.

Pleated Abaya and Outerwear

Woven fabrics are perfect for distinctive pleats and folds. But be careful that the garment edges are well-finished, as woven fabrics tend to unravel.

A number of fabric types grace garment styles on this side of the Atlantic, while an additional variety of textiles can be found across the Ocean. So a rich assortment exists from which to choose.


Knits come in a number of fabric forms and weights. Knits effect gentle, delicate drapes and fall easily along garment lines. Again, their drawback for modest wear is that they tend to be clingy.


Silk is lightweight, slightly shimmery, and delicate for a nice drape. Silk many times is coupled with satin, as you can see in the trim above. Here the trim gives the silk some weight and helps it hang with defined shape.


Satin is heavier than silk and projects a heavy gloss. Many find satin too pronounced for modest wear. However there are abaya and dress styles fashioned in satin, especially in black.


Linen is a cool, medium weight fabric that wears well in summer and warm climates, and is great for mild weather outerwear. Because linen lacks elasticity, the fabric wrinkles easily. Therefore you often find linen blended with non-wrinkle fabrics.


Flannel, although a soft, lightweight fabric, is well-insulated for colder weather. I have seen flannel used in casual hijabi wear.


Wool works for heavy knits and coats. Woolen fabric is extremely durable and great for cold weather. Do not wash wool, unless it’s a wool blend. This fabric will shrink considerably in water.

Polyester is an inexpensive synthetic fabric that blends well with other fabrics, takes on the characteristic of the partner fabric, and is easy to care for.


For pants you want linen (in warmer weather), denim, flannel, or wool.

Shirts and blouses like cotton, rayon, knit, silk, light linen, or flannel.

With skirts, your best go-to’s are wool, wool blends, cotton blends, denim, knit, or linen blends.

Favor dresses with cotton blends, some polyester blends, rayon, cotton gauze, silk, linen blends, wool, and possibly satin.

So hijabistas, next time you’re shopping for that one-and-only look, check out the fabric. Find the right fabric and you’re half way there.

Stay beautiful.

Rabia Hasan of  AnNisa Designs LLC seeks to encircle the feminine grace of muslim women with modern, unique fashion.  Join us. We invite your comments.

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I Tried It…..



…..The baking soda & water wash. I LIKE IT!

After looking with interest at this facial cleansing method, I decided to try it. I highly recommend this wash, at least for normal to oily skin.

Such an avid fan of this cleansing method I am! – As is my face. My skin is on the oily side. And I have some issues with larger pores, as well as some discoloration. The abrasion of the wash seems to thoroughly remove dead surface skin and lessen pore size, bringing a glow to my complexion. Perfect for removing makeup, the baking soda and water combination thoroughly deep cleanses. My face has never felt cleaner, even with masks.
Baking Soda Mask
In fact you can use a baking soda and water mask as an additional beauty regimen. For masking combine three (3) parts baking soda to one (1) part water to make a paste. Apply to face and leave on for 5 to ten minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Dry well.
Baking Soda Wash
For the wash, generally combine one (1) part baking soda to three (3) parts water.
As with all new products and applications, do a skin test before washing the whole of your face. A larger amount of baking soda with a lesser amount of water left my skin feeling slightly raw at first. But the raw feeling didn’t last long.
That’s how I tend to be. If a small amount works, ‘a lot will work better’. My need for moderation is evident. According to my tendency I combined half a measure of baking soda to half a measure of water. This provided me with the scrub effect I liked – at least initially.
Sensitive skin may need more water with a lighter amount of baking soda for a slighter scrub. So test and experiment with the combination to find what’s best for you.
My skin type cherishes the deep pore cleanse this method accomplishes. I would not recommend using this method every day. But for me 2 – 3 times a week seems to work well. And the scrub effect causes no damage to my skin.
I remember at one time using an electric brush, soap, and water to obtain a cleansing effect and result. But the brush seemed to break down my facial tissues, making my face looser and saggy. By contrast the baking soda and water cleanse seems to tighten and tone my skin giving it better form and and a smoother surface.
One slight warning. When I freely rinsed the wash with my hands I caused somewhat of a mess on my clothes and my hair. You may want to cover your hairline to keep baking soda out of your hair. The effect tends to leave a graying look to your hairline and is not very easy to wash out.  Also it’s a good idea to place a towel over your chest to prevent splash getting on your non-facial skin or clothing.
If you try this cleanse, add a comment to let us know whether you liked it. If you like the effects, share with friends.
Happy cleansing!
[Update 12/07/2015] Be careful to keep baking soda wash out of your eyes. There can be minor irritation.
Rabia Hasan of  AnNisa Designs seeks to encircle the feminine grace of muslim women with modern, unique fashion.  Join us. We invite your comments.


by Rabia Hasan



Yes, it does! – If it works with your build. As hijabistas we of course have modesty essentials. Then within style essentials are a lot of other how-to’s  & don’t do’s. With form concealed, our main concern is not how clothes adhere. Still certain designs seem to either rev up or bring down our ‘flavor’. There are reasons why we say, “I like the way this looks on me.” Or, “That outfit looked great on her. Why doesn’t it work on me?” Head-encircling questions assault our style assurance. What to wear?!


Then when you move to accessorize, what started as a minor crisis just escalates. *sigh*

Not to worry. All of us are different – shaped in a number of beautiful forms. We just need to design what surrounds our physique accordingly. One way to style ourselves is to dress for our build.



If your body beauty is statuesque with chest, waist and hips somewhat the same size, you may prefer to surround your being with lots of fabric. Tunics and palazzo pants also appreciate you.



Your curved beauty combines a chest and hips that are less full than your waist. You want a loose fit with non-clinging fabrics. Lavish tunics and dresses and empire waists are your go-to. While you avoid gathers and tucks, you can position even tailored trousers under flowing tops. Darker hues give you an admirable silhouette.



With a narrow chest, narrow waist and full hips, briefly loose designs make the mirror smile back at you. Highlighting your grace is clean, structured and defined shaping that limits fabric volume and is full at the hips. While you may generally turn away from empire style dresses, cowl necks or full hijabs and accent scarfs shine in your presence.



The exquisite facets of a full chest, narrow waist and narrow hips crave style that balances. Choose designs that flare towards your hips. Or even fashion a full one-piece dress. Worth adopting are waistline gathers and sleeves that are fuller towards the wrist. These style traits add volume to your lower build.



The ‘hour glass’ figure of a full chest, narrow waist and full hips has it’s own balance. A number of styles drape favor upon your build. You can usually choose your style impression with few limitations.

Finally, if you’re petite in stature be careful with a lot of fabric that tends to smother you within its folds.

We freely wear our feelings. Feel right with what you wear.

Rabia Hasan of  AnNisa Designs seeks to encircle the feminine grace of muslim women with modern, unique fashion.  Join us. We invite your comments.


Feeling Style

By Rabia Hasan

 Creamy Beige

Richly Dress up or Down


Some Casual (4)

Savor the Layer


White and Beige

Walk in Taupe-Covered White


palazzo ensemble

Assemble Ensembles


FadeIn Blue - FadeOut Purple1

Accent the Event



 Gracefully Mod



Uptown Rustic


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 By Rabia Hasan



 Unique . Authentic . Genuine . Original

True to your Deen. True to your Style.

One voice hijabi’s use is our statement of cover and style. Our creativity in wear is the personal architecture of our belief. We wear the colors of Allah’s Creation and the cover of Allah’s Decree cast in personal expression. A simple, unique statement of style can convey our outlook.


Fashion fades. Trends lose appeal. Only our style remains. True to self, our style journey extends to bracelets, hijabs, tops, tunics, pants, earrings, abayas, hijab pins, outerwear, textures, and colors. School, work, business, meetings, occasions, brunch or dinner provide opportunities and challenges to style. As hijabis we either mix and match pieces from various retailers, or search for the rare online site that will animate our design mode. The search inspires.

Margaret Rabia Hasan is a fashion enthusiast. Rabia makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area and is the proprietor of AnNisa Designs LLC.