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My absolute pride and joy :)

Added Nov 1, 2015

by Maria Hayek

Asker, Norway






This is the first garment ever that I made myself. OK…I haven’t actually sewn this, this was long before my sewing days. This is sewn by my mom based on a Burda pattern from the 90s sometime around 2007-2008 as far as I can remember.
What’s mine here is the 2-year long cross-stitching on all its bits. The idea came from the traditional Palestinian cross-stitched dress or “shorsh”. Amazing pieces of art one can wear (the last picture shows some examples taken from the internet). A standard dress would have cross stitching on the chest, down the sides, all over the sleeves, and sometimes on th bottom front and/or back.
What do you have with Palestine in common, you might think? The simple fact that my Jordanian father has Palestinian parents, and I’ve grown up seeing examples of this beautfiul dress worn to weddings and special occasions.
Since a dress would’ve been unpractical, I opted for a tunic but tried to maintain where the embroidery should be, the style I chose belongs to the Jaffa area (no, that’s not where my dad comes from, he’s from Nazareth, but it’s nice :) )

Material Notes

I’m not sure about the material, but it feels a bit like crepe georgette…




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Cotton, Blends

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    Jun 30, 2016, 10.03 PMby Tzai

    so this is the one you were talking about last night, it is amazing Maria, such a meticulous work! looking forward to see your next embroidery work!

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      Jul 1, 2016, 09.55 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you sweet Aida :) Working on the next one as we speak :D

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    Nov 9, 2015, 01.45 PMby sewing fanatic

    beautiful cross-stitch detail! am impressed at your dedication to the work, and it looks absolutely stunning on you! X

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      Nov 9, 2015, 05.34 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you :) I did get bored more than once, and almost gave up once, but I hate leaving things unfinished and am quite stubborn, I guess that helped :D

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    Nov 3, 2015, 09.14 PMby liliv-1

    It looks amazing, I can’t even imagine how much work is needed for this:) Bravo.

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      Nov 3, 2015, 10.57 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you! I am quite proud that I actually managed this :)

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    Nov 2, 2015, 06.07 PMby SueMH

    Looks amazing. I like to see culture integrated in clothing. Well done. An heirloom piece for your family.

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      Nov 2, 2015, 08.24 PMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Sue. I do hope this piece lives long and maybe cross generations :)

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    Nov 2, 2015, 09.16 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fantastisk arbeid Maria – du har god grunn til å være stolt! Kjekt å høre om din fars fødested :)

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      Nov 2, 2015, 09.57 AMby Maria Hayek

      Tusen takk Ellen. Det var mye arbeid men det var verdt det.

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    Nov 2, 2015, 03.50 AMby rita61

    Awesome!!! Looks great.

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    Nov 2, 2015, 01.15 AMby RedBelka

    Amazing job!

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      Nov 2, 2015, 05.01 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Olga :)

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    Nov 2, 2015, 12.06 AMby mbuchanan1

    Amazing cross stitching! Love it.

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    Nov 1, 2015, 11.18 PMby Mary Athey

    Beautiful x

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    Nov 1, 2015, 08.31 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love this kind of traditional artcrafts and I ’ve done too much cross-stich as a girl.

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      Nov 2, 2015, 05.00 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Elpida :)
      I’ve cross stitched load myself and still going strong. There might be a similar project coming up next year.

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    Nov 1, 2015, 08.27 PMby Beccki

    Wow the cross stitching is incredible it looks so beautiful I’m not surprised it took 2 years its so intricate. Well done on such gorgeous work.

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      Nov 2, 2015, 04.59 AMby Maria Hayek

      Thank you Beccki. I almost gave up on the rest after finishing the chest piece but somehow managed and very happy for that :)

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