In this blog post, you can read all about what Adelle (from @button_and_pip) made with your January Sewing Subscription Box. Did you manage to grab the January box and what did you make? Sit back and relax with your favourite drink and get ready to be inspired! Enjoy!
'Fabric buying is just as exciting as sewing itself! And being surprised with a box of beautiful fabrics and sewing treats through the post is a great way to deal with the gloomy winter weather.
Dovetailed Fabrics have a range of beautiful African Wax Print fabrics in a huge array of prints and colours. So when I found out I was going to receive a subscription sewing box from Dovetailed I was eager to see what was going to be included! I received a deluxe box, which contains 2 different fabrics, a 4 yard piece and a 2 yard piece. Also contained within the box is a collection of haberdashery items and sewing gifts. Each month the contents change so it’s a great way to build up your fabric stash.
When I first opened the box I noticed the monochrome theme and it really got me thinking! African Wax prints are more known for bright vivid colours and so to receive these fabrics, I really began to think about my project that would show off the fabulous print. When you first receive your fabrics, I recommend putting them straight into the washing machine, after the first wash, they soften up and they will continue to soften the more you wear and wash them. Being a cotton fabric they are extremely versatile for a variety of projects, dressmaking and home crafts.
I knew straight away that I wanted to combine the print into one project. The mixing of prints is something I’ve noticed a lot recently and I anticipate this will grow come the summer months. My first thought was a wrap where one fabric crosses over the other and then after a rummage through my patterns and looking back through my Instagram feed I found the perfect pattern - the Aura dress from Papercut Patterns.
The 2 yard piece - Available on the Dovetailed website by the half yard called ‘Domino’ had the more pronounced pattern so I planned for this to be on the top of the wrap. I also choose to use this for the tie to add extra contrast and to build a cohesion of the 2 fabrics within the dress. The second fabric called ‘Sugar’ also has red running through the pattern that adds a little something extra to the monochrome theme. Also within the box was some red ric-rac that would bring out the red even more.
Even in the mist of a colder January, I’ve begun to dream of my summer holiday. This dress is most definitely going to be in my suitcase and I can’t wait to feel fabulous. In the meantime I’ll be teaming it with a black layer top underneath and tights when I go out for cocktails with friends at the weekend.'
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