A Hint of Africa
Fabric: 3 metres Amy Butler ‘Sparkle’ Home Dec and 1 metre African Waxed Print
Pattern: Project Runway, free with a UK sewing magazine
Notions: Zip and interfacing from stash
Time to Complete: 9 hours
Total Cost: A bit dear for me … but I had to have the Sparkle print at £13.95 per metre, so about £45 (sheesh!)
First worn: In these photos
Wear again: Yes, really like it. Photos don’t do it justice.
Challenge No. 10 from me so far. I’ve had to share my sewing time with knitting this year, given that I paid (!) for the knitting course I’m doing some time ago and I’ve been a bit behind with it for one reason or another. Actually, because life really has got in the way for me with things happening that I certainly didn’t foresee, this has already been destined for two previous challenges – yellow and collared… Anyway, I reckon I deserve a little bit of a sit back and look at what everyone else is doing this year, else my wardrobe would be overflowing after last year’s mammoth effort of 50 challenges! Well, I wanted to get this in sooner rather than later and have been racking my brains for a connection with children’s literature – so I’ve come up with ‘Up To Date Kate’, a comic strip from Diana (UK) comic many years ago … She was always into the latest trend and I wish I could find an example to show you. Does anyone else remember her? She had long hair and fluttery eyelashes, of the 1970’s sort and I loved reading all about her adventures in the fashion world. I’ve been wanting to use the African prints I’ve had in my stash for over a year now, as I know they are really on trend … I really don’t think I’d get away with an ‘allover’ effect. So, I reckon I might just be able to carry off a fancy yoke/collar with tab detail and matching bag.
Given that I also work in a division of a company that deals with African issues, then I’m going to be topical! I’m running out of garden space and I never seem to be anywhere else for the weekends when I’m able to take photos, so sorry not to be more inventive – it’s been raining a lot too and not ideal for going out anywhere. The Project Runway dress pattern was free, given away with a UK sewing magazine. I bought the Amy Butler ‘Frenchy’ bag pattern – I’d really like to get into bag making in a bigger way … and I’ve cut the bits out ready for assembly.
Anyway, about the fabric – the yoke, matching tabs and bag body are in the African waxed print I bought by the weight in a Manchester fabric shop, just because it was really reasonable and I liked it and I wasn’t really thinking how I could use it. Then it seemed to be everywhere…maybe I was buying leftovers from the fashion industry! I found the contrasting Amy Butler ‘Sparkle’ home dec. print in Cambridge. It has small shapes that echo the bigger ones in the African print. I was torn between two colourways – predominantly blue or yellow … hmmm … I went for the blue because I think too much of the yellow would have drowned me out completely, though I still bought a bit of it to try and make my mind up and have ended up using it in the bag handles instead. I did even toy with using both in the dress at one point, given that the Runway pattern gives lots of options for mixing and matching but I’m happy with what I’ve done overall…
Well, I hope I can be a bit more timely with the next challenge … Look forward to seeing what everyone else does! Good luck!