I have had this design in my head for a while now, but no fabric. Alhamdulilah, a sister I sewed an abaya for was so thankful that she in return purchased some fabric for me. I have another abaya to sew yet, but I thought I would go ahead and show this one.
This abaya is designed in a way that it allows a growing pregnant belly, looks flattering when you are not pregnant, and allows breastfeeding (and room for fluctuating sizes, as you breastfeeding mothers know what I am talking about). I think it would look lovely in a solid print, but the solid print material was incredibly more expensive then this calico print. So I bought prints rather then solids, but I prefer solids in all honesty.
See how I have the pleats that allow room for growth?
Plenty of chest coverage (there are 5 buttons in total, so that is how high the neck line is).
Full view of the abaya and my 26 week baby bump. :)
I am not quite happy with the sleeves. I haven't figured out exactly how I want them, so I just cut them out large for the time being. Once I figure out how I want them, then I will adjust them. :)