Added Aug 13, 2009
Leeds, United Ki...
Here is a dress I made from some old African cotton clothes which were far too big and had a pretty loud pattern printed on it. As part of a competition I had to try and make something I would wear out of these “dead threads”. The original items had no shape and I wouldn’t wear them anywhere in this country or in Africa really, but the cotton used to make them wasn’t too bad so I didn’t want to throw them away.
I made a pattern based on my measurements. I included a square neckline with gathers at the shoulder, back and sides. Then I added some coloured bias binding for the waist. To use up more of the fabric, and to relate to african headwear I also made a thick head band with are large flower on top.
(see last pic for original item)
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