Instructions for Sewing a One-Piece Open Abaya

*In the traditional method of abayah making, the abayahs were shortened from the inside without cutting the fabric.
To do that you would need the help of a friend. Put the abayah on the wrong way. With the abayah on your head, ask your friend to pin the fabric up for you. The pins would come near the line EF, this wouldn't be a straight line.
This all is done by hand. And finally all the edges and the openings are crocheted. Abayahs used to be made from silk, nowadays mostly silky polyester, but always in black.

abayah diagram

This pattern was first posted on the "SalafiSisters" mailing list.