Ive had some sisters INRL ask about how I keep my overhead on so effortlessly/easily…I had one sister at the masjid today ask me just this, she thought I had it pinned to my scarf, until she saw my adjusting the…elastic…and then she realized…nope, no pins. I also know some sisters who wear overheads as well and who find their incessant slipping and sliding annoying.
So here goes…oh, ages ago, like last winter I did show this in THIS POST, but I still had questions.
First off, I do NOT recommend pinning an overhead-any overhead-except for maybe an Egyptian Isdaal…because only the Isdaal is designed to be worn very very far back on the head and pinned in place. Otherwise you stand a good chance of ripping your scarf or something because generally as you move, the overhead moves too, so putting pins in them, will overtime cause rips/holes to develop. The nice thing about the elastic is it keeps the overhead stable on the head but will pop off if you say, step on the hem by accident so no risk of ripping it unlike with pins…also it will move easier and definitely feel much better on the head.
There are generally two styles of head area in an overhead abaya…the moder modern style, popular in Saudi which is very narrow.
See how narrow the head area is? The seaming begins right around the temple area.This is a more updated version and what is normally available in Saudi. Personally I’m not a huge fan of this style of head opening as it keeps the overhead from “molding” to the head as well as the older styles do.
Traditionally in Saudi and still in most Gulf countries like Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait (areas where the overhead is still very common) the head area is quite wide and would curve around the head easier with the seaming beginning around the ear area or maybe a wee bit above it..
Do you see the difference? Generally Ive found the overheads with the wide head area to sit better on the head and stay better-even without elastic in them and the weird tends to be balanced better. I believe one reason why the modern Saudi overheads have such a narrow head area is because it would mean less of the head and potentially neck/shoulder area is shown should it be gusty…I’m not sure though. If anyone really know, please let me know, as I’m curious why they went and changed it. LOL…Anyway, I digress.
Putting elastic into an overhead.
I highly recommend using narrow elastic, Ive found the thicker elastic can feel a bit too snug. Although both can cause headaches if put in too tightly. Just an fyi there.
Anyway, for both styles, you put the elastic in right where the seam hits the head portion. I try to normally stitch the elastic in so when its on, it fits smoothly against the head, nothing rolled or anything.
On an overhead with a wider head area…the placement is the same.
The biggest difference when you wear them is with the Saudi style overhead, with elastic in it, the elastic is up a bit higher on the head, while with the wider head area ones, the elastic runs over the ears. Both should stay snug to the head when worn.
Now to show the head area size difference between the Lebanese and Saudi one…
Really there isn’t much to it…but if any sisters have questions…do ask via comments.