When I was going for Umrah in April my aunt made me and my sisters some plain black abayas. I wore sandals on the way there prepared for the scorching heat of the Arabian land along with the abaya my aunt made.
I remembered my abaya was a little too long that I had to hold the sides up as I walked into Heathrow, as well as being worried about getting it caught in the escalators (I have a phobia about escalators and long abayas/ maxi dresses, but that's another story which I might tell you about in another 'confessions' post)
I wore it in Saudi but I was glad it was long and covered my feet during salah, obviously we had to wash our clothes often because of the sticky heat
When I got back to the UK I put all my clothes into the washing machine as did everyone else in my family, after the clothes had dried we took our own clothes and put them away. The next time I wore the black abaya it felt a bit short (not ridiculously short, but just below my ankles) Maybe I grew? I kept telling my mum how comes 'my abaya feels short for me did it shrink in the wash?' My sister agreed 'yeah mine feels short for me too I think they did shrink in the wash' So I genuinely thought they shrunk in the wash =S
So for the past 2-3 months I wore the abaya with flat shoes I complained to my mum whilst walking to taraweeh 'This abaya is so annoying, I'm still wearing it because I like the material but I feel like a brother wearing a thobe'
Then yesterday my mum comes into my room and goes 'who's is this long abaya that has been in my wardrobe all these days?' Mystery solved...Turns out I was wearing my mum's abaya for the past 3 months thinking my abaya had shrunk -__-
P.s. My mum is like a UK dress size 12 and wears abaya length 52- 54 and I'm a UK size 8 length 56 now you can imagine how funny I looked.