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I’ve had to pull myself away from my current obsession —lingerie making to concentrate on building myself an outfit based on my other current obsession- African textiles and the 1980′s. The 1980′s? You gawk!! yep! the 1 9 8 0 ‘s, it’s come full circle for me, not the power shoulders eww, I’m talking about the threads that hung from the shoulders of Boy George and the Culture Club spotted in the pages of iconic magazines The Face and i-D magazine. The textile designs of British fashion designer Sue Clowes who designed for The Foundry shop that Boy George worked for. I love the Judeo-Catholic iconic prints, they look as powerful now as they did back then. Google Haysi Fantayzee, loved their Dickensian/Rasta look. The button down shirts, head wraps and perched hat? I like that! imagine finding a bolt of Sue Clowes fabric? That’ll never happen so over to Etsy I go to sift through the African fabrics; online fabric heaven.

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I chose this colourful Kente fabric, I just LOVE it!! and got to working on my latest obsession starting with those pants and a bustier type of top to even out my proportions a little, and a wicked chain necklace made from scraps of African textiles to send the whole look over the top and why not? Just living out my fashion sewing-fantasies.

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The day I decided to make this outfit I spent some time sifting through my patterns looking for a suitable pant pattern to no avail, my next option! opshop. I found Butterick 6420 for 50c. Perfect! I cut out my size extending the waistline over and beyond after all it’s all about that overlap of fabric, I omitted the waistband altogether placing in the fly zip, the belt holds everything up, in hindsight maybe an elastic waist would of been a better option, anyway this works fine for me. The side pockets? a great casual addition to the look.

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My little top I used the Elan bra pattern for the basic silhouette making adjustments to fit woven fabric only. I placed a super wide panel of thrifted black elastic in the back so I can just pop it over my head, the fit is great. The straps I added bra elastic to the ends this way they wont fall off my shoulders. The bra is lined in the soft net tulle that I lined my previous makes in, it has underwires too. Fancy! I love this top and I’m hoping to team it with some other makes from my stash of fabrics you see hanging behind me.

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So my sewing adventures into the bright and bold continue, there’s no stopping me now I’m dreaming in colour and prints, gorgeous textiles, let’s just say, I’m in my element here.

To jazz up this post! here is the before shot of my shitty shed. Nothing fancy needs a clean out really! I photoshopped this colourful image onto the door using layer masks etc, kinda like what I did for the Marley wall. I love how colourful this post is, sewing, music/pop culture and graphics, what a happy medium to play with to express myself. Hope you’re getting a kick out of all this glorious colour.

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The chained necklace came about after pinning this gorgeousness to my Sewing Inspiration Board- EDIT: from the awesome and very talented label Nakimuli and of course Yokoo’s knitted range of chained scarves. A fantastic way to use up your fabric scraps. Oh and my hair? if you’re wondering, it’s wool, I used to wear this in piggy tales to complement my then’goth look’ back in the day.

My daughter and I have been spending some quality sewing time together over the school holidays, she too has fashion sewing fantasies so I can’t wait to show you what we’ve done there. Keep an eye out for that post, lot’s of colour. I think I’ll be on my 80′s fashion sewing bender for a while, I have plans of emulating one of Vivienne Westwood’s Nostalgia of Mud looks to the best of my ability, might take a while sourcing fabric and what not, I just want to be one of Vivienne and Malcolm’s Buffalo Gals for a day.

All that sewing is makin’ me itch.




15 Responses to “Fashion Sewing Fantasies”

  • Tine:

    Wow, what a fantastic Outfit. Brings back Summer memories in the cold Winter that er are having here in Germany. I Love african textiles as well. Where did you get yours?

  • Awesome! Did you know there is a free Vivienne Westwood pattern right here?
    Can’t wait!

  • John Wayne is Big Leggy!! Love this. Only you Kazz could look at the suggested styles on the front of that 6420 pattern (how square?) and envision this gorgeousness. Love the fit of that bra top too. And you know I read all the way to the bottom of the post with far more concentrated effort than normal to find out if that was a wig, a wig attached to the headscarf or what. Wool? Wow. The boots undone just make it perfect. Thanks for the Malcolm McClaren Buffalo Girls reminder…..hey, how on trend is his hat again? I would if this is where Louis Vuitton’s Fall 2012 collection got their inspiration? Keep on sewing!!

  • Deb:

    Wow, as always! There is no end to your talents! Perfect outfit for this long hot summer we are having. Enjoy all that fab fabric.

  • Kazz:

    Thank you Deb, shall do. I have so many ideas swimming around my head. :P

  • Kazz:

    You got it Tempest, thank you…Big Leggy indeed. That’s exactly what I thought about those Louis hats too. Hubby bought me a Mountain Hat for my birthday—which was yesterday, she’s in the post on her way to me. I can’t express how excited I am.

  • Kazz:

    Carmencita! you just made my day THANK YOU!!

  • Kazz:

    Hi Tine, thank you. I’ve bought from this shop before and a host of others including Ebay. Do you have any favourites?

  • I love the way you placed the print on the top.

  • ally:

    The 80s was inevitable for a new romancticm.. yes pun intended 0_0 high five yourself for being able to pull of a bustier second time around i say. xx

  • Amy:

    Aww man, this post made my day. Gorgeous! I so know this style, the references (I remember!)… the romantic joy. A bustier is so next on my list from my bra pattern and I was actually thinking of finally cutting into my Kenyan ikat-ike fabric I’ve saved forever!

  • Kazz:

    Thanks so much Amy, glad you remember those references hehe. I bet your bustier would be the best in the land and that fabric would be divine.

  • meghan:

    African textiles and the 1980′s is a wonderful combination and I admire the choice of fabrics for your outfit. It actually reminded me of my favorite fabric store called King Textiles here in Toronto where I usually find everything I need to design my own clothes and honestly the next pieces in my collection will definitely be inspired by these photos. :)

  • Kazz:

    Thanks Meghan, thanks for sharing the link-great fabrics. I’d love to see that collection, do you have a blog/website I could follow?

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