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 this is mind, I decided to look for African cotton wax prints, and I was in luck. I could have easily closed my eyes and picked any 4 fabrics; however this was not how I was going make my decision.

A big thanks to the guys who were patient with my requests and happily removed piles of fabrics in order for me to see a particular design….. 20 minutes later after my umming and arrring, I depart carrying 4 lengths of fabric (each about 5m) and feeling very happy with my purchase.
Here are some pics of my fabrics.

African print orange and whiteAfrican print blueAfrican print green yellow pinkAfrican print blue black white

See what I’ve made using these fabrics by visiting my online shop: www.madebynomes.etsy.com

reversible skirt : https://www.etsy.com/listing/99067219/custom-size-and-fabric-fully-reversible

 

Introducing the “Party Pant”

SW4 party pant
The original "Party Pant" as worn at SW4

These trousers have been affectionately named “Party Pant” by our friends after their first public appearance at SW4 Music festival at Clapham Common 2010. I think the name is perfect and has stuck.

Version 1 – the original “Party Pant”

I’ve made one alteration since the initial construction – added 2 side pockets with closures. This meant a little bit of unpicking and restitching.

 

version 2 Party Pant
version 2 "Party Pant" as worn at Chemical Brothers - Wireless Gig

 

Version 2 – Wireless Music festival “Party Pant”

I love the colous in this fabric and the front pockets are really good. My boyfriend received numerous enquires on “where could one purchase such cool trousers from?” and Radio station Kiss FM were interested in whom/where they were made – “Shut up! ! ! You made these this morning!?”

3 of us were photographed by Kiss FM and we are on Kiss FM’s Facebook page in their photos from Wireless Festival, Saturday 2nd July. Be sure to check us out.

Check out some other African print designs www.madebynomes.com/2012/05/tribal-print-is-hot-this-summer/ and my Etsy shop where Party Pants, shorts and skirts in African Print designs can be purchased – www.etsy.com/shop/naomikay

Saturday morning “Party Pant”

Last weekend an early morning alarm startled me awake, and briefly I thought it was another weekday morning …. Luckily it wasn’t; however I was now completed awake at 6:30am on Saturday morning … 6:30am !!
What to do ……how about make some bright “Party Pant” for my boyfriend to wear to Wireless Festival in Hyde park later on Saturday.
wireless party pant
Amending a size 8 elastic waist trousers pattern (bought for £1 from Ebay) I fashioned some African wax print cotton trousers suitable for my b/f. I added 2 front pockets and also adjused the front to be fitted with 2 darts and the back has an elastic waist.

Total construction time including pattern drafting and fitting, approx 3.5 hours. I plan now to invest in multi size trouser patterns, as this will cut down on the drafting and amendments.

Cute little skirt

cute skirt with pockets
"party skirt"

I used the following website as a tutorial for this “Milk Maid” skirt.
http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2009/11/milkmaid-skirt-tutorial.html
The use of bias binding on the pockets and around the hem is fantastic – as well as being contrasting in colour, it was easy to apply. I did try and make my own bias binding; however is was rather difficult and so much easier to buy !!
The tutorial was easy to follow, and I feel confident that I could make another one of these skirts in about 2 hours.
I really love this skirt – it’s very comfortable, the pockets are a good size and the African print design is bright and colourful.

I have modified this pattern and have made a similar skirt for sale on Etsy – May 2012 – http://www.etsy.com/listing/99392888/elastic-waist-skirt-with-front-pockets