DIY Turban

By Bouchra Rebiai
on May 26, 2017
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With Ramadan around the corner, it reminds me of local beliefs and I’m always trying to find new ways to be respectful and still look put together and stylish.

I’m not a huge knitter like my Mum, but that doesn’t mean I can’t make my own turban! I was first introduced to the turban trend a few years ago when some acquaintances begun a small business to support friends with Breast Cancer and I loved it. This year I decided to revisit it in the lovely maroon color we have been seeing everywhere. I think you’ll love the results!

Turban Style

I was really inspired by all of the lovely street style images i’ve found on the web. Over the past few years I have seen so many turban inspired looks, from headbands to cleverly tied headscarves to knitted hats. I love them all!

Turban finished product

I used this tutorial to make my hat. I highly recommend it, it was easy to follow and offers three size options. There are many more tutorial options on the web, like this one, and this one for a headband style (turband! get it?).

Fabric and more's Organic Knit is perfect for a Summery light version of this Turban, but pretty much any knit would do the trick!

Turband Tutorial

Will you make yourself a Turban or Turband?  Show us what you make!

 

 

5 Minutes with .... Yasmine Hammad of Salaty

By Simone Hasker
on May 25, 2017
With 2 comments

Yasmine Hammad, is the founder and Creative Director of Salaty and a mother of two beautiful girls. She founded Salaty with sincere passion towards making prayer a beautiful experience, especially for children. Her own children were her true inspiration to the process of designing and producing interactive educational products as well.

Before devoting her work and full attention to Salaty, she worked with Non-Governmental organisations like UNICEF and 1001 Inventions as a consultant. Also, worked in the Egyptian government straight after majoring in Political Science from American University in Cairo.

She hopes that one day, she will be able to see the Aurora Borealis and start a foundation focusing on unfortunate children and further inspire younger generations.

Yasmine Hammad Salaty

 

  1. Do you remember the exact moment you fell in love with designing? Or the moment you knew you wanted to make a career of it?

I fell in love with the concept, which developed into real passion of designing and perfecting Salaty’s products. It all started in 2013, when I launched a pilot collection in Sauce boutique during Ramadan.  The sales weren’t impressive but people who received the products kept on asking why did I stop making them.  So finally, in 2016, With much support and encouragement received from family and friends, “Salaty” in Arabic: My Prayer, business was started. I was personally motivated to further develop the concept to inspire more people, especially children, to pray.

Children's prayer gowns

 

  1. Where do you get your inspiration?

The inspiration behind tailoring prayer gowns came to me a few years back.  Always praying in plain cotton prayer gowns, I thought to myself, why is it that when praying to God we are optioned to wear plain ill-fitted gowns while we spend so much time, effort and money to put on our best items and impress when going out with friends. I felt enthused to ‘put on my best’ when praying too, and started experimenting with tailoring a few items.

 Mommy and Me Prayer Gowns

 

  1. Do you have a celebrity fashion muse? If so, who and why?   What would you like to see him/her in?

It actually took me a long time to think of one person who could be my fashion muse… and the answer is I strongly believe that every woman is a muse.  Every woman has her own fashion outlook which oozes confidence in her own way and that’s what I admire the most. I feel influenced and empowered by the different styles, color palettes and creativity in how women put outfits together.

 White Prayer Gown Ladies

 

  1. How would you describe your personal style versus the style of your brand?

I am in blue jeans, white t-shirt and trainers every day. On very few occasions, I would rock a skirt but with the same combo of white t-shirt and trainers also J

  1. Tell us a bit about your customer. What are they like?

They are mainly young women, children and mothers who believe in our vision which is: looking great and feeling modest and comfortable while praying to God. Wearing something that fits you properly and looks good, adds up beautifully to the experience of praying.

 Women on the go Prayer Gown

 

  1. What is the hardest thing about being a designer?

I believe that the hardest thing is trying to please all tastes without compromising your own style. I tend to be a very plain jane person so adding vibrant colors to the designs is done with great caution and admiration for the other women who can rock these colors.

  1. What’s coming up for you? What are you working on?

At the moment, we are developing new educational and interactive products to teach and encourage children to pray. Things like waterproof flashcards that can be used in the shower/bathroom showing children the steps of ablution. In our design, we included animated children faces from all over the world with bright colors. I am a strong believer that learning should be done through fun and playful tools.

 RAK Best Startup 2017

 

  1. How can we purchase your merchandise?

You can purchase our products directly from our website: www.salaty.com

Whether you are in UAE or any place in the world; we ship internationally. We are also available at Sharjah Ladies Club boutique.

 Colour Me Prayer Bag

 

  1. Any advice for anyone thinking of going in to fashion design?

My advice for new designers would be

  1. BE CREATIVE AND PASSIONATE: try to find an edge to your concept and designs.
  2. NEVER GIVE UP: even when you have bad days and get demotivated; have faith in God, yourself and your project.

Children Prayer Gown

 Do your children do anything different during Ramadan?   We hope you are all busy explaining the meaning of fasting, Ramadan tents and why we need to remember those in need.    Have a blessed Ramadan Fabric lovers!

Fabric and more tailoring and dressmaking partners

By Asaad Abdo
on April 19, 2017
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Welcome to Dubai...

- The place where you can visit a new restaurant daily and still not get to all of them.
- The place where you can frolic on the beach 10 minutes after leaving school with the kids.
- The place where you cannot decide where to travel during Summer vacation and now:

- The place where you can have your own couture wardrobe made for you.  

Dubai | Tailoring and Dressmaking partners | Fabric and more

Couture Clothing: All the celebs do it, so why should we, right?

Fabric and more has made making your own clothes even easier than before, by partnering with selected, tried-and-tested, professional, trained tailoring companies throughout the city.     Gone are the days you need to schlep to Satwa and have your items shoved into a co-op bag in the hope they come back as requested.   More importantly, gone are the days when you have to put up with contorting into high-street clothing that was clearly designed for a amorphous mutant.

So, without further ado, here are the tailors that come with the Fabric and more stamp of approval.   Hurry along to visit and view a selection of our fabrics in store, and take advantage of the free delivery of our fabrics directly to the store.

Jumeirah:

Thread Up Tailoring and Boutique - ask for Hazel.  Besides fine tailoring specialising in Western and Indo-European sewing, Thread Up also stocks an amazing range of eclectic designerwear and kidswear, direct from up and coming Indian fashion designers.

Dubai Jumeirah | Thread Up Tailoring | Fabric and more

Tailor and Tweak (formerly Tailor and Co.) - Mercato Mall.   Once an alterations and hemming joint in the basement of Mercato Mall on Beach Road, Tailor and Tweak has expanded significantly and now offers a couture creations team.   That means you can pop in and drop off your favourite garment to copy, choosing from the fabric swatch booklet behind the desk or ordering online after you've visited. 

Mercato, Business Bay, Sports City, Silicon Oasis, Mirdiff | Tailor and Tweak Tailoring and Alterations | Fabric and more

Business Bay:

The Sewing Corner - Bay Avenue (Sheikh Zayed Road end).   A neighbourhood staple, The Sewing Corner takes so much pride in delivering a quality product, run by a happy team of trained tailors and dressmakers.   With other locations on The Palm and The Greens, get used to wearing clothing that will have everyone noticing.

 Tailor and Tweak - Bay Square (Al Khail Road end).  

The Palm Jumeirah:

The Sewing Corner - ask for Vijay!   Vijay is one of the nicest blokes you will meet and actually knows his fabrics and design.   What a refreshing change!

Dubai | The Sewing Corner | Fabric and more

Silicon Oasis: 

Tailor and Tweak - Cedre Shopping Centre

Greens:

The Sewing Corner - Panorama at the Views (next to Regent International School)

Sports City:

Tailor and Tweak - Meaisam City Centre

Mirdiff:

Tailor and Tweak - Carrefour end, opening April 28, 2017.  Yay!

 

So, no excuses to have your bra cup showing in your arm hole, a dress that's just a bit too short for your age, or a poorly cut dress.   You are a grown woman who deserves to look amazing.  If not now in this land of opportunity, then when? 

If we've missed an amazing tailor near you that works to the service levels we expect at Fabric and more, drop us a line so we can add them here!

Rainy day sewing with Coated Cotton

By Simone Hasker
on March 24, 2017
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How to Sew a Raincoat using our Eco-Coated Cotton in 13 easy steps.

Children's raincoat poncho easy
As much as we love beach days in Dubai, it’s also great to wake up to dark, looming clouds overhead for a change! With rain on the brain this Spring Break, this tutorial seems perfect for embracing these rare wet days - and if you're like us, you don't already have lots of raincoats just lying around.

Now, let’s jump right in to learn How to Sew a Raincoat…

Step 1

First off, we used 1.5 meters of laminate cotton for the exterior, and an additional 1.5 meters of cotton sateen for the lining. Using a pre-existing T Shirt for sizing.  Check out the amazing Coated Cotton Laminates we have in stock here - there is one to suit everyone in the house!

Step 2

You can actually omit cutting the armholes if you don’t want to add sleeves to the poncho.  We like sleeves for kids so they can still wear their backpacks and scooters in the rainy weather.  Tip: always make the sleeves longer than necessary to extend the life of your kids clothing!

Step 3

Step 4

The great thing when you are doing all of this with the laminate is that you are working with the wrong side constantly against the sewing machine, so you don’t need to worry about the ‘sticky’ factor.

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Step 7

Now for the hood.  Grab a pre-existing hooded sweatshirt for pattern sizing. Be sure to add extra room around the back and top of hoodie for pattern for a nice roomy hood.

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We like using this method for hemming the sleeves as it eliminates any tricky sewing with the laminate.  Your machine is always on the cotton!

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Step 13

You will be thrilled with this poncho, and it will last for a couple of years (which in kid life is an eternity).  Cotton laminate can go in the washer and dryer, but better yet – just wipe off and spills and stains! And with all of the absolutely fantastic designs we stock in this fabulous eco-fabric – you just have to try working with it for yourself!

Got some skills?  Try sewing an inside back panel pocket so that the poncho can fold in on itself and turn into a bag you can carry around.  You know you want to.

Our 10 secrets for finding the best tailor

By Simone Hasker
on February 28, 2017
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Top 10 Secrets to Finding the best Tailor - Fabric and more

When you’re a special size and most clothing hasn’t been made with you in mind, the only way you’re going to find a great fit is if you get things tailored. It’s not fair, and can get expensive…believe me, I know.   I am six foot tall, have a long torso, a size 10 waist and size 14 backside.   My breasts were once a E now somewhere down (literally and figuratively - pardon the pun) around a D.

In fact, even if you’re not a special size, there’s no way clothing manufacturers are going to get things completely right for your body.  Or get your pant inseam perfect. Or know your bust:waist:hip ratio. To expect a mass produced item of clothing to fit you perfectly is a pitfall a lot of women fall into, and quickly leads to fitting room depression when clothes don’t fit. Sometimes we get lucky and find items that fit amazingly, or close enough to squeak by, but to bypass a great item just because it needs a hem, or go your life without a button down shirt because nothing fits off the rack, is no way to live.

And once you get a few things tailored, perfectly, just for you, a whole new world of fashion will open up to you.  Okay, so how do we go about finding a good one?

Here are some tips from my experiences, and other resources, to help you find your new best friend.

1) Find tailors with high review ratings in your city. We've been busy over the past few years testing and working with many tailoring companies in the UAE.   From bridal, to uniform mass production to copying my favourite Laura Ashley shorts in three colours of linen.   To save you the headache, you can view our select listing of our favourites here.

2) Ask other women. Know any perfectly tailored and well dressed women? Chances are these chic ladies have a fabulous tailor helping them out. This also works for impeccably dressed men.  Bet you didn't know all the major celebrities have EVERYTHING tailored for them - that means t-shirts and jeans too!    

“…everything you will ever see on a celebrity’s body, including their outfits when they’re out and about and they just get caught by a paparazzo, has been tailored, and the same goes for everything on What Not To Wear. Jeans, blazers, dresses – everything right down to plain t-shirts and camisoles…Nothing on the show or in People magazine is off the rack and unaltered.  

We ignore the actual size numbers on the tags, find something that fits an individual’s widest place, and then have it completely altered to fit.  That’s how celebrities have jeans that magically fit them all over, and the rest of us chumps can’t ever find a pair that doesn’t gape here or ride up or slouch down or have about four yards of extra fabric here and there.”  

Clinton Kelly - What Not To Wear

3) Look for tailors that advertise as specializing in custom menswear. Tailors knowledgeable in menswear tailoring should be able to handle your most difficult of alterations, no sweat.  PLEASE be careful when it comes to stretchy fabrics though - this is a completely different skill set.

4) Ask high end boutiques and clothing stores where they send their clients for tailoring. Most of these stores have a reputation to keep, so will work with the best of the best.

5) Skip the dry cleaner tailor. Unless all you need done is a simple pant hem, these tailors aren’t usually as skilled as one who has their own shop.

6) Skip the cheap sweatshops. They are often in a hurry, inundated with items, and disinterested. They won’t take the special care with your garment a privately owned tailor shop will take. It's no wonder so many ladies have been put of the idea in the past.

7) Make sure they understand you. This may sound a little patronising, but honestly, just because you get a head-wobble response or a "yes madam", it doesn't mean that your message actually got through.   Also, if they don't make notes of what is required, nor give you a receipt as proof you even took your item to them - run a mile!

8) Bring an easy, starter piece to be altered before you bring out the really expensive or complicated ones. Things like a pair of jeans that needs hemming or the waist taken in is good. That way, you can get a feel for the tailor’s work, before handing over anything of value to get altered.

9) Talk with the tailor, not at them. Tell them what bothers you about the garment and ask them what alterations they think it needs. This way you can get a feel for just how knowledgeable they really are (and how well they speak your language!). The mistake I made at first was telling the tailor what I thought the garment needed, and never asking them for advice. They made my alterations, but I was never satisfied. Why you ask? I’m not a tailor! I don’t know what a garment needs!  I'm the fabric lady!

10) Make sure your garments are worth the cost of alterations. Don’t spend extra money to get an item altered if it’s going to have a short closet life. Avoid altering cheap fabrics or cheaply manufactured items. I’ve made this mistake, and ended up tossing tops I’d had shortened after only a few washes because they were cheaply made and ended up piling/fading like crazy. Never again!

Now go out and find yourselves a tailor! And then add your new amazing tailor to the comments below to help other ladies in your city look as fabulous as you do.

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