New African Print Fabric

Here are a few pictures of the fabric I recently purchased from my favourite shop on Goldhawk Road, west London.

blue orange yellow geometric
blue orange yellow geometric – Holland wax print cotton fabric

I am planning to make a make a skirt from this fabric – similar to the pattern I found on Burdastyle – Obi apron skirt

ying yang yellow orange blue Holland wax print cotton
ying yang yellow orange blue Holland wax print cotton

This green, yellow swirl print (or is it ying yang)will look fab as a pair or shorts or maybe a short beach dress

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Liquorice fabric Sorbetto inspired summer top

I really like the Sorbetto Pattern and I have made made 3 tops now, with another one in progress.

Liquorice Sorbetto top with square neckline
Liquorice Sorbetto top with square neckline

I have made several changes to the original pattern:

  • Square neckline
  • 10 small front pleats
  • front and back neck facing (white fabric)
  • arm facing (white fabric)
  • elastic in the front
The alterations were a bit of trial and error. I didn’t plan to have elastic in the front, however the neckline was slightly too wide, but i actually prefer the snug fit with the elastic. The facing for the neck and arm are 2 pieces of lightweight white cotton  a front and back piece – this took a white to draft as i the front and back had changed shapes compared to the the pattern i has started with
 I love the fit and design of the finished top.


front pleats
front pleats
liquorice sorbetto top, back view
liquorice sorbetto top, back view

Spring has sprung

What a perfect day in London to have the day off work and to spend outside in the garden, brainstorming and sketching ideas for spring and summer garment. It’s too nice of a day to be inside sewing!

So what do i have planned for spring and summer? Well it’s all about me, and some new clothes – so it’s got to be a pair of fitted hipster African print shorts with zipper and pockets,  Pastel pink sorbetto top with cap sleeves and interesting front detail, and a cute summer day dress !!

Time to get back to the garden and prepare the pots for the summer’s vegetable crop!