The Bamboo Banga Dress
I was only just saying the other day over on my blog how after sewing up Vogue 1234 and last weeks shirt that I had lost my sewing mojo my sewjo had disappeared! which is a first for me for the year which really isn’t that bad; Friday nights are my sewing nights and do you think I could get motivated or even settle on an idea? by Saturday afternoon I started to panic, I took to Pinning stuff for inspiration, flicking through magazines, books and patterns and then my stash. I really didn’t think I was going to make it, perhaps I ended up over thinking things, yep that’s me a total over thinker. I pulled out the chiffon that I had wrapped around myself for the Polka-dot challenge and some left over leather and settled on the Anouk by Victory Patterns.
The last time I made this was for the Vegas challenge, I Googled the Anouk and there I was sitting among the images, I felt that the images by themselves were a tad gimmicky for those that didn’t click through and read the post, this certainly doesn’t help the potential of this magic little dress pattern or Victory Patterns so I chose to remake it for this challenge so I could kinda redeem myself.
…and so you can say that my Sewjo returned with great vengeance, phew!! I doubled over the chiffon and cut twice for the front and back because the fabric so sheer. I was going to flip one of the pieces so the stripes looked crisscrossed but it looked too busy, I like it like this it kinda gives off that misaligned/offset effect often found in screen printing when the crop marks are out.
The leather made the construction really easy as you can imagine, no facings. I should of cut a size smaller because of the seam allowance, this is okay though. I did have some trouble with the leather gripping to the machine which forced these tiny stitches, I was wondering if I had mixed up my machine needles thinking this was a leather needle *shrugs* I used the rotary tool to cut these pieces and asked hubby to place the snaps in. The hems are rolled on the serger.
I played around with the centre bodice piece and changed it up a little, it almost looks like a breast plate, I love it! The back is the same as the pattern I just added a small leather loop that sits centre back between the leather a chiffon, why? no reason just because :)
I’ll call this one Bamboo Banga from MIA’s album Kala she’s perhaps the most fiercely political performer active today.
:: I just want to say a huge thank you for the lovely comments on my apron and shirt as you know I usually comment back, I seem to be having issues posting comments they hang for a minute then I get a Gateway Error which is frustrating and really time consuming so please don’t think i’m not reading your comments xx
Fabric | Leather & Chiffon