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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A Hint of Africa

The idea for this dress started after I visited MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, where you can find out about the  manufacture of African Wax Prints.  I also managed to find some wax fabric in Manchester itself in Abakhan Fabrics, located in the Northern Quarter.

The colours of wax fabric are vivid and bold and I used just a small quantity of it as an accent to my dress - I wanted it to be something I could wear in a British summer.  I also wanted a dress that had some kind of African design element to it and so I chose this pattern with a neckline that reminded me of African beaded collars.  The fabric carries through to the tab details on the waistline. 

For the main body of the dress, I managed to find fabric in a similar colourway in the haberdashery department of John Lewis.  It also has printed motifs on a smaller scale to those in the wax fabric and the two together are harmonious.

The dress went together quite easily and I achieved a flat collar with some stiff interfacing.  I love the shape of the dress on me and is a lot more flattering in real life than in the photo.


I have lots of the wax fabric left and I think I’ll make a bag to match the outfit … 





Monday, 20 August 2012

Herman

A local village was holding a 'best knitted character' competition and I thought I'd have a go ... but I fell in love with my entry and couldn't part with him ... here he is, pattern from the January 2012 edition of Let's Knit magazine...

Thursday, 9 August 2012

A Grand Day Out

Yesterday, I took time out and went with family to the East Lincolnshire coast on a coach trip.  Amazingly, the weather was fabulous for the day.  So, I tried to re-create the famous Vintage Poster which promoted travelling by rail to the area.  There were a few tries before I could get it more or less right ... but I had a lot of fun!  I am wearing a Goldhawk Road fabric skirt ...


Running for it ...

Nearly there ...

Ooops - slightly out of frame ...

That's the one!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

City and Guilds Module 4

There was a lot of work other than sampling in this module - lots of experiments at some simple design work.  I've since completed Module 5 ... photos to come!