Member since 7/23/07
Skill: Advanced Beginner
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Date: 4/4/12 10:05 AM
I discovered this French collective blog called With Wax of seamstresses who use African prints (currently in fashion, from what I read online)
I thought PR members would enjoy seeing member Mamik's Koos Coat, really cool.
Both blogs are in French but the photos are enough, I think. Mamik, in particular, did a very thorough post, with construction steps etc.
-- Edited on 4/4/12 10:06 AM --
Morphology: Petite at 1m53 (5'), Burda size altered 19 or altered 38, Big 4 size 10 or 12 depending on ease;
Alterations: Petite, Narrow Shoulders, Slim Arms, Narrow waist, Increase Back Crotch Depth. Considering: Forward Neck/Rounded Upper Back, Slight Swayback;
Style: Feminine, Colorful, Fitted, Clean lines;
Favorite Garment type: Dress;
Favorite Colors: Purple, Navy, Brown, Shocking Pink, Coral, Aqua;
Favorite Fibers, Weaves or Patterns: Cotton, Linen, Cotton Silk blend, Seersucker, Swiss Dot, Lawn, Denim, Stripes, Chevron, Window pane Plaid, Bias;
Blog : http://fashionmate.blogspot.com
Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/lakaribane/
Member since 12/7/05
In reply to lakaribane
Date: 4/4/12 10:12 AM
that is wonderful, thanks very much for sharing it!
Viking Lily 545
Bernina Activa 210
Member since 2/5/12
Date: 4/22/12 5:14 AM
I love the bags and bibs. I have a couple of friends with new babies, and I think they are going to need some bibs! I have had the great pleasure to get to travel to quite a few countries in the world, and two of my favorite places for fabric on the African continent are Kenya and Senegal.
I live in the DC metro area and G Street fabrics has a small "Africa" section. I have made skirts with matching headbands for myself and my daughter with great results.
My girl scout troop studied Kenyan culture one year for a project, and the girls made headwraps from traditional kangas, then I had them decorate plain fabric using paint and stamps to make their own "kanga" to wear as a dress.
I am in the DC area. Any ideas on where to find a decent selection of fabrics? I just need to see these prints in person to decide which ones. I have a few friends that travel to East Africa regularly and have picked up fabric for me in the past, but, I have never loved the prints they chose. Many of these fabrics are a lot of print, and I think it really needs to speak to you. It's not easy to have somebody else pick it out.
New York USA
Member since 3/13/06
Date: 4/29/12 5:19 AM
Oh my gosh, it totally WORKS! I wish I could put prints together like that. Absolutely fabulous!
Member since 5/6/13
In reply to lakaribane
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Date: 5/6/13 3:00 AM
Hello Lakaribane, I am mamik.
Thank you for your post.
My english is too bad to write a long message but I want to say you you can participate on withwax in english if you want. I suppose evrybody can read international langage (I mean basic english ;)).
I am very happy to be apreciate by an Haiti person because some of members of my family come from this land.
Member since 4/17/12
Date: 5/14/13 8:55 PM
From the blog in French:
"Sans doute quelque chose à voir avec l’idée de (ne pas) passer inaperçue dans la rue.
C’est l’histoire d’un manteau, pour moi, choisi pour être étrange, pour égayer l’hiver, pour être joyeux sous la grisaille."
Digging back in time to French class, this says something like
"Without a doubt something to see with the idea of (not at all) passing unnoticed down the street. This is the story of a coat, for me, chosen to be strange, to gladden the winter, to be joyful beneath the gray sky."
If the author reads my translation I can be corrected if need be.
From the comments it seems the coat has succeeded in fulfilling its maker's intentions! Also, the cadence of the French prose is very beautiful.
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