ShweShwe Fabric

The arrival of the indigo cloth emerged after the 1652 establishment of a seaport at the Cape of Good Hope. Natural indigo dye was obtained from the Indigofera Tinctoria plant. In its raw form, the 100% cotton fabric was heavily starched in order to protect it from the damp as it travelled across the ocean in the holds of ships sailing between Europe and Africa. The Xhosa were the first to adopt the fabric from the settlers and they soon began adapting it to give it the uniquely African feel that it retains to this day. It was the Xhosa … Continue reading

Prague Fabric Shops

Goodbye London … Hello Prague. I’ve been living in Prague now for almost 2 weeks. The time has flown by! I’ve spend my time  exploring the city and trying to get to know the place from the perspective of someone who lives here, rather than a tourist visiting. Our furniture and boxes are still in storage, and wont arrive for another 2 weeks.  It’s strange to be without some many loved items.  I’m missing my sewing machine and sewing paraphernalia, especially as I have free time when I could be doing lots of sewing! So if I can’t sew, I … Continue reading

ShweShwe fabric currently in stock for custom designs

My boy has just returned from a trip to South Africa, and he bought me some more ShweShwe fabric. Isn’t he a good boy This new ShweShwe fabric is slightly different to the fabric I bought in January … this new fabric has a double sided print. So cool, it means that the fabric can be used either side…. or both! Custom orders are available: You can enquire about custom orders through Etsy conversation www.madebynomes.etsy.com  or contact me via naomi[at]madebynomes.com Thanks, Nomes x Shwe-shwe  fabric has a long standing history in South Africa. It was introduced to South Africa with … Continue reading

Fabric currently in stock for custom designs

I have recently received a few enquiries about fabric I have for skirts and custom design orders through my Etsy shop. Below you will find a selection of fabrics that have been purchased in London, UK and are considered African or Holland Wax print designs.  These are available at the moment for use in custom design orders. Just mention the name of the fabric in your enquiry and I’ll check if I have enough in stock for your design. Custom orders are available: You can enquire about custom orders through Etsy conversation www.madebynomes.etsy.com  or contact me via naomi[at]madebynomes.com Thanks, Nomes … Continue reading

New African Print Fabric

Here are a few pictures of the fabric I recently purchased from my favourite shop on Goldhawk Road, west London. I am planning to make a make a skirt from this fabric – similar to the pattern I found on Burdastyle – Obi apron skirt This green, yellow swirl print (or is it ying yang)will look fab as a pair or shorts or maybe a short beach dress Check out my items for sale in my Etsy shop – http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadeByNomes I have more photos of my favourite fabric at  http://www.facebook.com/MadeByNomes

Retro fabric

I’m currently in Australia visiting friends and family and I have to admit I am kind of missing my “sewing studio”, the revving of my sewing machine, scratching through my fabric and patterns for inspiration… and also missing my boyfriend a lot. I have had some luck, while visiting my childhood home to find some retro fabric which I will definitely be bringing back to London with me. These prints will be perfect for another apron design or a skirt. Sadly not enough fabric for “party pant”; unless it’s for party shorts.

Shopping for fabric

Goldhawk Road in West London is one of my favourite areas for fabric shopping. It’s a shame I don’t live locally any more. There are nearly 10 fabric shops within 5 minutes walk (not including the ones in the Shepherds Bush Markets.  If the first shop doesn’t have what I’m looking for, one of the other shops will definitely have it. I generally head to the store next to the cycle shop as they are usually very helpful, willing to bargain and this shopping expedition was no exception. It’s all about summer and the need for bright, happy colours and interesting prints. With … Continue reading