I had a little sewing session at my place one evening this week. I set up Stella and Ellie on the dining room table and helped some friends fix up some African tops and skirts that they had purchased. Wow! Am I ever glad that I sew! Having to fit purchased clothing is hard! I kept telling them it was easier to sew from scratch.
But the fabrics…
Some of the sewing techniques are things I have never seen before. Darts sewn into main and lining fabric together.
I understand that techniques vary by community and country but some of the practices don’t give the best results.
Instead of underlining by basting the fabrics together, they stitched them and turned them right side out. What this means is you have thick seams in your seam allowance when you stitch front and back bodice pieces together. Sort of like stitching pillow cases together.
They also left a HUGE seam allowance. Maybe this is to allow for weight fluctuations but some of it is turned up inside. Very strange. And lumpy. I would think it was a one-off except my friends got their outfits from completely separate places and they both have these strange features.
Here I am wearing my African cotton retro dress with some friends in their African outfits! The outfit on my friend on my left is one I helped to alter.
Still haven’t blogged this dress but I will. Have you seen African outfits up close? Can you explain the totally different techniques used?
Here is an adorable song I heard on a Masterpiece show this week! “If I had a needle and thread…”