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Beninese embroidered godet skirt

Added May 17, 2013

by cathytxtwfr

Ouidah, Benin






Simplicity 4188 godet skirt with a touch of beninese embroidery.
A quick make with some leftover secondhand sheets, so I decided to add some detail with hand embroidery. Except I couldn’t find the correct color of thread for my design. What to do, what to do? I had the brilliant idea of going to a Beninese embroiderer and having him embroider it for me by machine…. except that once there, I was distracted by a book of designs and completely dropped my original idea for some full on beninese embroidery. So here is a skirt, along with a mini tour of a tailor’s shop in Benin. Followed by a photo shoot at recess, which actually isn’t a good idea since the kids kept blocking my skirt.

More details and photos on my sewing journal here:


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    May 18, 2013, 11.43 PMby nellyvdb


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      May 19, 2013, 07.29 AMby cathytxtwfr

      thank you! (on behalf of the tailor too) :)

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    May 18, 2013, 09.27 PMby Yuki M

    Great PJ !! I’m also very interested in beninese embroidery. So impressive photos on your blog !!

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      May 19, 2013, 07.25 AMby cathytxtwfr

      if you have a specific question about the embroidery ill do my best to find an answer :)

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    May 17, 2013, 06.41 PMby ceejay1344

    Very interesting project. I would like to know more about the embroidery.

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      May 19, 2013, 07.24 AMby cathytxtwfr

      of course! what would you like to know? i dont know much about how embroidery machine works, but he worked in layers. And often would move the fabric with his left hand while turning a dial with his right hand to adjust the stitch widths. ? Ill be more observant next time

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