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Saturday, October 17, 2009

East Essence Abaya

I was desparately in need of a decent abaya after giving all of mine away last year. I saw this recent post by NoortheNinjabi about her obsession with abaya shopping, so I decided to trust her opinion. I placed an order for this abaya from East Essence.


Here is my actual abaya that I received yesterday. I love it!  I placed the order on Oct 4th and received confirmation that my order had been completed on Thursday the 15th. I got the package from DHL the following day. I think that they custom make each order before shipping, and this is why it takes a few days. I still think its really fast considering that the items come from India.





As for the sizing and quality, I am really impressed with both. I ordered the longest standard length, which is a 57. My only complaint is that the sleeves could be a tad longer, but I have ridiculously long skinny arms. I think they use standard size charts, so if you know your measurements it will be a really accurate fit. Pre-made garments usually fit me really well because I am about 5'6"/7 (170cm) and thin with a small chest and hips. If you look at their size chart before ordering you can decide whether you want a looser fit based on the size as well as if you need a custom length.

I wore it out today (in the rain too) and was really happy with the fabric. It is pretty light, but not stiff like some lower cost abayas that I have owned. It was comparable to some that I had bought at Somali shops for around $40, but I think this one has nicer detail stitching. It also has buttons at the top where the top layer closes. They don't allow it to be opened all the way for nursing, but it could be easily altered on the underneath layer. I think the snaps are there so that if the fabric is pulled it will unsnap rather than rip at the seam.

It also came with a hijab to match the tan layer of the abaya. It has the same black thread stitching going around 2 sides. I think it was also a good deal for $7. I plan on ordering from them again in the future for sure. I would even love to open a little place and sell them, but I don't think we have the collateral for something like that at the moment.

Let me know if anyone else decides to order from them and how your experience goes!

16 comments:

caraboska said...

Yes, I remember noticing this one 'in particular' during my travels...

cairo, lusaka, amsterdam said...

It's beautiful, masha'Allah! Love it!

angie nader said...

its very pretty!

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@caraboska, I know this one just jumped out at me. I think they also have it in blue ;-)

Mama Kalila said...

Nice!

NoortheNinjabi said...

Yay! I'm so glad you liked the site :D:D:D

That's one of my favorites (I have it too :) ). The fabric is so soft and the color looks good on so many people.

They have the same ones in green, red, and I think blue. They have a black with turquoise blue piping one like this too.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

Lol, everyone must be online right now. I got 5 comments in an hour! Love all you ladies!

OhSoMuslim said...

I like it! I'm actually considering online abaya shopping.

Mona said...

That's really pretty. Thanks for the detailed review. Congrats!

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@OhSoMuslim, I would say they're a really good place to shop for basic abaya styles. I would love to try sunnah style sometime too, so do a review if you try them inshaAllah.

Candice said...

I got some stuff there a while back. Pretty sure I posted about it on my blog at the time. I was happy with what I got. Especially for the price. It was an order with a friend and her sister wants to be in the next time I order there after seeing what we got! :P

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Candice, I'll have to go back and look for that post. I don't remember it.

Skye said...

masha'allah sis its gorjuz i love it

Aynur said...

Looks great ... I'll have to check out the blue version (my fav color). :)

SarahC said...

I have the blue one!! And I got a black one with white embroidery. I really like them too. I also got a couple of tops from East Essence which are great quality thick cotton.

Candice said...

I don't think I made a post about it afterall... Hmm.