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I lost my Sewjo after sewing up Vogue 1234 and last weeks shirt she just disappeared! which is a first for me for the year which really— in hindsight isn’t that bad I’ve managed to sewn a garment a week for the entire year not to mention the ones that don’t relate to Sew Weekly. You see Friday nights are my sewing nights and do you think I could get motivated or even settle on an idea? by Saturday afternoon I started to panic, I took to Pinning stuff for inspiration, flicking through magazines, books and patterns and then my fabric stash. I really didn’t think I was going to make it, perhaps I ended up over thinking things, yep that’s me a total over thinker. I pulled out the chiffon that I had wrapped around myself for the Polka-dot challenge and the left over leather and settled on the Anouk by Victory Patterns.


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The last time I made this was for the Vegas challenge, I Googled the Anouk and there I was sitting among the images, I felt that the images by themselves were a tad gimmicky for those that didn’t click through and read the post, this certainly doesn’t help the potential of this magic little dress pattern or Victory Patterns so I chose to remake it for this challenge so I could kinda redeem myself.


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…and so you can say that my Sewjo returned with great vengeance, phew!! I doubled over the chiffon and cut twice for the front and back because the fabric is so sheer. I was going to flip one of the pieces so the stripes looked crisscrossed but it looked too busy, I like it like this it kinda gives off that misaligned/offset effect often found in screen printing when the crop marks are out.


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The leather made the construction really easy as you can imagine, no facings. I should of cut a size smaller because of the seam allowance, this is okay though. I did have some trouble with the leather gripping to the machine which forced these tiny stitches I’m hoping they don’t perforate, I was wondering if I had mixed up my machine needles thinking this was a leather needle *shrugs* A teflon coated machine foot may of helped too.I used the rotary tool to cut these pieces and asked hubby to place the snaps in. The hems are rolled on the serger.


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I played around with the centre bodice piece and changed it up a little, it almost looks like a breast plate, I love it! The back is the same as the pattern I just added a small leather loop that sits centre back between the leather and chiffon, why? no reason just because :)
I’ll call this one Bamboo Banga from MIA’s album Kala she’s perhaps the most fiercely political performer active today. Yep! Oh and here’s my Week In Pictures.


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11 Responses to “The Bamboo Banga Dress”

  • Amy:

    great dress. i’m a fan of black and white, and have total respect for anyone who can sew with leather. Its like working with a stubborn old cow at times (hehehe) Yes , i love this one :-)

  • I love this pattern; it’s been in my sewing queue…waiting for my mojo to come back too :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  • THis dress is so fabulous, I’m facing my fears and cutting out another Anouk!

  • Your dress is wild! Really love all the accents. And you look great it in.
    I think I should need a tutorial on how you make up your eyes…and your hair!

  • Kazz:

    Aw thank you Merche, glad you like it, it hasn’t come off my back. My hair is just pulled back with combs and then teased and sprayed. I’m getting it cut into this style today yay!!

  • Kazz:

    Oh do it prttypnk, you’ll be the envy of all of your friends. It’s one of my favourites. Good luck :)

  • Kazz:

    Push her to the front Donna, she’ll get you sewing again. Thanks for commenting.

  • Kazz:

    Haha!! it bloody well is and in this case I’m the stubborn old cow LOL!! Glad to hear from you Amy hope you guys are well and you’re sewing up a storm. I love this one too.

  • It’s awesome!! Great job!

  • I love this dress! You’ve always had a great sense of style that I find really inspirational. Also I like the new hair, what did you do to it?

  • ally:

    looks fabulous, amazing the different looks you can pull from one pattern .. its why we sew (some more then others) i guess … and must a say you look after your shoes so well! my acne wedges are so trashed now xxx

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