Readers, what would you make out of six yards of this African wax print?
I'm figuring that out right now: this is unofficially African print month on the Mood Sewing Network (unofficially because not everyone is participating). I opted in and yesterday picked up my fabric; the selection in the store was surprisingly limited.
I narrowed it down to these two:
I really liked the green with the boxes, but everyone I asked agreed that this particular green made me look ill and that the pink and mustard print was much more flattering. We'll see just how much in the week ahead.
I'm still figuring out exactly what I'm going to make. I dug through my stash for contrasting fabrics -- either to make a coordinating shirt (to an African print jacket and/or pants), or to use as the lining inside an African print coat. Here's what I found; I think they relate pretty well.
So far I decided to use the pink and tan floral cotton print (Liberty of London poplin) for the pockets in a pair of pants.
As of this evening, I've completed the front of the pants (zipper fly, pockets) and still need to do the back and waistband. I'd love to be able to finish these tomorrow before embarking on garment #2.
This wax print is heavier than the African wax fabric I used last week for my shirt -- more like cotton canvas -- and the scale of the design is much larger. The brand is Supreme Wax Holland. I didn't want the fabric to be too stiff so I laundered it in warm water with a little soap and machine dried it. Easy peasy.
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