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Seshweshwe gone chic

Added Jul 22, 2011

by Gwendolyn Be...

Rustenburg, Sout...






traditional South African outfit with a bit of a Western twist. I can wear this to work and still break it down for a more casual look.. i love it.

Material Notes





Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Business, Casual

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    Jul 25, 2011, 07.41 AMby Gwendolyn Bereng

    Thanks guys, this is truly humbling and encouraging as well.

    i’m having a seamstress block, i was about to give up sewing for a while. Your words are just what i needed to keep me going. thanks!!!

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    Jul 23, 2011, 12.41 PMby Delphina14

    Very nice! Good job!

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    Jul 23, 2011, 04.14 AMby erica-recycled

    I really like this, what an amazing fit, so flattering!

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    Jul 23, 2011, 04.12 AMby erica-recycled

    I really like this, what an amazing fit, so flattering!

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    Jul 23, 2011, 03.47 AMby sew4my3

    I adore everything about this outfit, the fabric, fit and design! Absolutely divine!

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    Jul 22, 2011, 08.22 PMby bjr99

    Looks fantastic! Great work.

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    Jul 22, 2011, 06.55 PMby lauriana

    That looks very stylish, and I think Seshweshwe is fascinating anyway (I see it sometimes, usually worn by ladies from Africa who live here in the Netherlands, and a stall at my local market has a small selection. I bought some of their ‘African wax print’ fabric last year and made a skirt. I don’t know whether it was the real thing, but my neighbour said it was) . Did you make your own patterns? That is really impressive.

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      Jul 25, 2011, 07.26 AMby Gwendolyn Bereng

      i don’t really make patterns, but the jacket i copied from my old jacket that was worn out and i refused to let it go. so i figured i should make another one.

      RE: seshweshwe, you should check the inside of the fabric (the wrong side) it should have three cats and like leather it has this authentic smell about it..

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    Jul 22, 2011, 06.47 PMby LimeSoda

    I wish the pic was clearer but from what I can see that’s beautiful fabric. The way you’ve rendered it for this outfit is well done. Cheers for the info on seshweshwe – I had no idea what it was.

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    Jul 22, 2011, 01.59 PMby puffling

    Ooo, love it too. I have some shweshwe I bought in CT that I haven’t had the nerve to cut into yet!

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    Jul 22, 2011, 01.37 PMby mojo elgin

    Love it!

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    Jul 22, 2011, 12.21 PMby alphay

    Looks good. : )

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    Jul 22, 2011, 09.46 AMby Victoriaplumx

    Your outfit looks like it took a lot of work – you look beautiful in it., the jacket is stunning!

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      Jul 22, 2011, 11.18 AMby Gwendolyn Bereng

      Thanks a mil.
      it took me about for hours (minus making the pattern) to put this together.

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    Jul 22, 2011, 09.03 AMby arock

    Love it!

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    Jul 22, 2011, 08.53 AMby SuseSews

    I love it too. Very chic!

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