Posts Tagged ‘African Print Fabric’

PIP: African Print Shorts

Sep 01

Project in Progress: African Print Shorts!

African Print Shorts

Not too long ago I took a pattern making class at Sew Fast Sew Easy. Marco, our instructor, was just out of this world fabulous! The class was called Copy Your Own Clothes and was extremely technical and quite advanced. However, he made all of it so digestible and gave all of us the confidence and the tools to learn to make our own patterns. I took away some wonderful insights, felt like I learned loads, and best of all came away with my own personally drafted pattern. Anyway, here are my shorts, made from the pattern I drafted! It was based on a pair of shorts that I loved.

African Print ShortsThese shorts were made with Kente Cloth. See here for my post on African Print Fabrics.

When done they will feature Pleats, Pockets with pocket flap and button detailing, Cuffs, and Cuff Detailing with buttons.

African Print ShortsPocket pieces getting ready to be sewn. These are also my first time ever working with pants or shorts!

African Print ShortsSewing the pocket backings. All my sewing projects are done on my vintage Singer sewing machine circa 1920s.

African Print ShortsPockets sewn and attached to front panel. Pinning the pleats in place.

African Print ShortsSewing the pleats!

African Print ShortsMy semi-completed shorts! They still need the waistband, zipper, waistband button, pocket flap details, and cuff detailing! Whew! Lots left.

More about the pattern (which I will try to give away free!) and my completed shorts to come! Stay tuned!

African Print Shorts

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FOTD: African Print Fabrics

Jan 02

African Print Fabric SetFABRIC OF THE DAY: African Print Fabrics

I popped over to P & S Fabrics today to get a magnetic sewing guide (Dritz $3) to clip onto my sewing machine. I was getting sick of using a piece of tape as a sewing guide and they are open on a Sunday so I thought why not! And I got that and then some!

I found a huge cache of African Print Fabrics on sale at P & S Fabrics. I also popped next door to Jem Fabric Warehouse and found some slightly pricier but slightly finer quality wax prints too!

SCORE! Here they are! See also my list of NYC fabric stores I like !

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Gwen Stefani Spring/Summer 2011

Dec 09

Why is she on here? African Print Fabrics! The gorgeous African print fabrics in her Spring/Summer 2011 L.A.M.B. Collection are what caught my eye. I have been looking for African style print fabrics for awhile and her new clothing collection has a million prints I heart. Every single one. I also think the fashions are fabulous too. I hate to admit it but I am a closet Gwen Stefani style fan (post her No Doubt era). Yup! I like her trademark bold, American-Japanese-pop-esque style. I especially like this collection because it also has a very British-esque style in the clothing design itself. I heart them both and both together?! Vapors.

Here are some samples of her stylized African prints or what I call “Afro-Pop” motifs. These happen to be Japanese-inspired. I also really like British-inspired African prints. (C’mon Liberty!) Her full Spring 2011 L.A.M.B. Collection can be found on Elle.com along with an archive of past collections.

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