Review: Jelbab Al-Atlas

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Recently Ive had the chance to try out another popular brand of overhead jelbab from France called Jelbab Al-Atlas. Ive mentioned before the other Jelbab brands coming out of France like El Bassira, Al Manassik, Al Moultazimoun. Al Moultazimoun is its own brand and is sold in its own store where as El Bassira, Al Atlas and Al Manassik are sold in various little boutiques and online shops.

Anyway, Al Atlas jelbabs are pretty similar to other brands, but Ive noticed a few differences.

So, the one I have on below I got from Akhawat.fr which is based in Tolouse and which carries both Al Atlas and El Bassira jelbabs. The one I have from them is a called a papillion or buttefly cut and it comes with a matching, very flaired, A-line skirt.  The color seen below is called “saumon” but really, it looks more like a deep rose tone than a salmon tone-which is a bit more orangy.

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Basically the papillion cut is available with all of the jelbab brands Ive named above…there is the papillion and then the regular cut which is more straight with sleeves.  The papillion has the full width of the fabric and elastic cuffs (except al Moultazimoun which uses a straight cuff).

Anyway with the Al-Atlas brand, I guess the major differences are just with the elastic at the wrists, the elastic is more narrow and thin which personally, I like, as its easier to push the sleeves up for wearing under a coat, whereas the other brands use very thick elastic which can feel more binding when pushed up-I usually wear my coat over the jilbab for ease- also the Al Atlas brand has a much wider array of colors…of course they aren’t anything like Al Manassik with something like 26 or 28 shades but they are close!  Right now the “trendy” colors are Teal, a pale violet, a pale pink and burgundy and they have all of these shades along with the more usual shades like khaki, beige, black, brown, navy and some other hybrid shades like grey-ish green. Personally I LOVE the color options…I prefer the jelbabs because not only do they cover in an ideal fashion but come in a nice array of colors so if one day I’m feeling like green I can wear green and then pink the next day. Mash’Allah.

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Also the Al Atlas brand comes in basically two types of fabric. Peachskin and Microfiber (koshibo)…they have a new koshibo called microfiber d’Italie which is basically Italian koshibo. I lurrrrvvveee that fabric!  Its next to the type what Al Moultazimoun uses…its sooo luscious…its very lightweight, airy, with a good drape and its not prone to static or wrinkles. It has the very minor gloss/sheen that all microfibers have and it lets air in.  The Peachskin is OK but a bit thicker and stiffer and personally I think more of a fall/winter fabric whereas the koshibo-esp the Italian koshibo is suitable all year around. I also like how it doesnt make a scratchy sound around my ears when I am wearing it…also I just pop the sets in the washer and then the drier with a static sheet and voila…good to go.

I just wanted to share with you all my review of the Al Atlas brand of jelbab. I usually buy the type of 2 piece with the sleeve cut, but have been going more for the papillion cut as of late as it works equally well alone or under the jacket (sleeves pushed up) and they are easier to layer over a sweater if you choose…also I think they look sleeker. Also originally the color choices were the main draw for me. LOL.

As far as the shipping from France went. Akhawat does EMS and regular postal shipping. I did the regular postal shipping and it came in around 2 weeks. They are quite careful with shipping abroad and if you have any questions they will gladly answer them…oh and they know English which is a perk!

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New Fall/Winter jelbab looks from Al Moultazimoun

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The French Islamic clothing designer Al Moultazimoun has come out with a variety of new jelbab designs for the fall/winter season. One thing which always strikes me about this company is how innovative they are with trying different fabrics, cuts and designs. Their garments cover extremely well and come in a variety of styles…even mens and childrens designs but compared to other jelbab producers, they do not just recreate the same styles year after year (they do with a small core collection), they actually design

May I add I LOVE the microfiber they use, its the lightest, airiest thing Ive ever felt.  mash’Allah. Only major downside to them is their sizing runs towards short/average with few designs suitable for very tall sisters (some one piece jelbabs do come in extremely long lengths, but most of the two-piece ones do not) and the shipping cost can be annoying. Allahu alim.

If you’re interested in reading more about them…I reviewed a one-piece jelbab from them last spring. Its HERE.

Here are three which caught my eye…

This one is called Jelbab Marwa, it is actually my favorite design…you have the one piece jelbab look with a khimaar look with an abaya look. Definitely unique.

And then there is this one, called Jilbab Sarouel Jean, they have started having a version of a denim style with sarouel. The design changes a bit each season. The denim which they use is actually more like a silky, smooth cotton chambray, its not still, or heavy. Its very smooth and airy

Then this one, called Jilbab Taiba. This is actually the uniquest design yet…so, its actually two-pieces. There is a bisht style abaya and the jelbab piece is more like a khimar with slits at the side for the arms to go through, the back of the jelbab khimaar piece velcros into place under the arms and at the front of the jelbab. What I like about it is…well, its unique, but also seems versatile. You can wear the abaya alone as a bisht-style abaya or with the jelbab khimaar or wear the jelbab khimaar over another gown or even under a jacket or hoodie. Neat…Only downer is, they should have a zipper from the collar to the navel area for nursing mums as I could forsee this jelbab being very nursing friendly…maybe they will get my advice and put that in with the next version…

What do you think about their new designs…?

Product Review: Islamic Design House “vested” jilbab!

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Well, its been one of “those” weeks where there never seems to be enough hours in the day!  First the hurricane and then exams, exams, exams and more exams. I had been meaning to get this review out for a few weeks now but was just not able.

Anyway, I am going to be reviewing a new jilbab from Islamic Design House, which is based out of the UK with distrubutors worldwide. mash’Allah. Its from their new Fall 2012 season and is this one HERE.

My previous review of an IDH garment is HERE…if you’d care to read that one as well.

I chose this one because it seems to be a nice mix between casual and dressy with a bit of a Chinese flair. Its a nice, rich plum color and the body and sleeves are plain but there is a near little attached semi-vest which wraps around the body, a mandarin collar (thankfully nice and wide for comfort) and cuffs with the same print as the best.  The body is made of a rayon material while the asian-esque print on the cuffs and vest is made of a cotton jersey. Oh and there is a nice little decorative kick-pleat at the front/side of the jilbab. Its entirely closed but when you walk it opens…so it does provide a bit more stride room. Although the cut of the jilbab itself is very A-line and flowy. There are nice, deep pockets. No buttons, zippers or poppers. Its entirely closed front.

Overall I really like it. Now, about the perks to this jilbab.

I like that its dressy while remaining casual. Its not unsuitable for classes, work or just walking around the city/mall/grocery store. The quality and construction is indeed very high, much like the previous jilbab I reviewed from them, I was very impressed with the quality as I always find a lot of companies make sub0standard garments but charge inordinant amounts of money and the garment will just fall apart quickly. This garment is made to last and has nice little ‘touches” in the design which show its a quality garment.

Its very lightweight, airy and A-line, as I mentioned above. This makes it suitable for sisters who are bottom heavy and/or walk a lot. It wont hobble you. For warmer climates/weather this jilbab will be fantastic!!!! Its made of a natural, breathable fabric!

The vest actually adds a bit of style and provides a bit more of a modest fit in the back.

Now, some of the downsides…as I like to be truthful. Its definitely more of a spring/summer/early fall garment for those of us in a temperate climate! Its winter right now so unless I wear several layers under this garment, I will not be warm enough in it. I intend to pack it away as an ideal garment for spring, once I finish this review. Its like in the 30’s now…so I am sticking to my thick wools and heavy, thick cottons. But, if you live in a warm climate like Florida or Arizona or Brasil or its summer right now where you are at…this would be a good garment option.

Its NOT nursing friendly…sorry. If you plan to nurse…save it for after your done breastfeeding or choose something which opens down the front.

The fabric….although rayon rocks for warmer weather, it can be picky/finicky with care. You must be careful  not to accidently shrink it, so this garment due to its fabric will require delicate machine wash or hand-wash and an air dry/iron. If you are concerned about that-then I would choose one of their garments which is made of denim or a polyester blend fabric. Its only really rayon which can get so finicky.

About the vest. I love the style of the best from the back, BUT from the front…i’m not so hot on it, I think it would be nicer if the vest came down a bit lower as its entirely covered by my khimar in the front also if one doesn’t wear their scarf properly, covering the chest than the bit too much attention can be drawn to the chest area due to how the best is cut in the front. Overall the vest is a nice touch and from the back/sides I like it, from the front…not so much. It should come down lower!

Here are some pictures…I have it paired with a floral print, plum colored scarf and grey flats…yes and ofcourse gloves…it was sunny but freezing outside when I was out taking the pictures. Also being that it gets dark here very very early now, by the time I was able to get the pictures the sun was going down, so hence the fence decided to throw its shadow on my jilbab!  Hey, I consider them sorta “artsy” pictures…hehehehe

Oh and before I forget…Islamic Design House has extended a exclusive coupon for readers of my blog, Old School Hejabi to enjoy 10% off of anything on the UK, USA and Canadian Islamic Design House websites!  The code is “OldSchoolHejabi07” (no limit in use and no expiry, so tell your friends!)

Here are a few other IDH jilbabs from their new season which I thought were very nice and quite my style.