March 6, 2017
For the month of February the ThReD and Needles group focused on African print fabrics. Most of the ladies used waxed cotton or Kente cloth fabrics. Both are known for their beautiful, brilliant colors and patterns. The timing of the February project was just in time for Black History Month. The ladies in the group did an AMAZING job this month. One of the group members even made car accessories out of African fabric! Please check out the group’s page HERE.
I love African printed fabrics and have used them in several other projects. This particular outfit has been one of my favorites so far. The bright colors and amazing prints, makes this a fun fabric to work with. I purchased the gold wax printed fabric from Mood Fabric HERE. The right side of the fabric had printed gold metallic stars. I preferred the wrong side (without the stars) of the fabric and used that side instead for the pants, collar underside and epaulets. The blue fabric is actually not African wax fabric. The fabric worked so well with the other fabric that I had to use it. It is a cotton canvas (that frayed like crazy). I used flat fell seaming throughout the jacket to hide the frays neatly. To achieve the look, I used Butterick B6331 for the jacket and Simplicity 8264.
JACKET: DIY (Butterick B6331) | PANTS: DIY (Simplicity 8264) | SHOES: Banana Republic (last season) | CLUTCH: Vintage
The mix of the patterns is super busy but I think that that they work so well together. What do you think? Don’t forget to check out the projects from the talented ladies in the group HERE.