In the Night Garden

Its beginning to look a lot like……

I am usually quite an un-Christmassy person but I have noticed a change in me since last year and I don’t know what has brought it on. I bought a christmas ornament last December which sounds really minute but considering I usually don’t celebrate outside of the traditional family dinner on the 25th, and ignore anything Crimble related- my £1 secondhand decoration is big news.

So why was CHRRRIIIIIIISSSSSSTMMAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSS the first thing I screamed when I saw this fabric?

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The deep navy tones, the gold overlay is just asking for a December party outing. So I made a party outfit.

African wax fabric wax print plus size Vlisco Paree People fatshion fatshionista handmade

African wax fabric wax print plus size Vlisco Paree People fatshion fatshionista handmade

African wax fabric wax print plus size Vlisco Paree People fatshion fatshionista handmade

The colour is DIVINE. It looks solid navy from a distance but in the second photo you can see the purply red tones. I plan to wear it on Christmas day and quite probably for NYE too if I go anywhere. I’m killing two birds with one African wax printed stone.

So where is the ensemble from? I made it 🙂

Those of you who follow me on Insta (@fatgirlclothes) will know that I am in love with African wax prints. Not a new discovery but I have a new appreciation for them and I simply cannot get enough. Ankara is the way forward- so much so that I have opened a new Etsy shop called “Paree” selling handmade ankara clothing for women and girls. Paree is a Mandinka word meaning “Well Dressed” so I thought it was quite apt. The two piece I’m wearing is available there and can be made in any size- plus or straight. Got a body? It can be made to fit you. Please check out the shop. I’m sewing oodles of great garms from this endless array of fabric I keep discovering. Ankara is a fabric lovers dream and I don’t believe I will ever wake up.

Paree People on Etsy

Paree People on Instagram

Paree People On Facebook

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Skirt of a thousand dreams

Ever since I saw Angelina Jolie’s wedding veil embellished with the embroidered pictures drawn by her children, I’ve had visions of getting my nieces and nephews to scribble away so I can create something similar. Then Dolce & Gabanna featured children’s drawing in their Viva La Mamma A/W 2015 collection and my internal fashionometer went through the roof.

OMGOMG

Image from pursenewshows.com

When, a few weeks ago I found this fabric online, someone almost had to call the emergency services.

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It is IDENTICAL to a D&G Print and I was hitting “add to basket” before I had even fully realised what I was doing. I mean- LOOK AT IT!!!

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So in double quick time I made myself a skirt and it really is the skirt of a thousand dreams.

colouring

Yes the photo is total and utter rubbish but after 50 snaps the camera just wouldnt get it right so I gave up. I must admit to not actually wearing it out when this photo was taken, I just couldn’t wait any longer to show it to you all. I have absolutely NOWHERE to wear this voluminous number to so you can expect to see me sashaying along the cereal isle and strutting down the frozen veg lane in Asda. Do I care? Nope. Maybe you can take a better photo for me when you see me.

I had a little extra fabric and so I’ve made three girls’ skirts (6-12 month, 12- 18 months, 3-4 years) which are listed in my Etsy shop.

I have enough fabric for one more adult skirt so if you would like to make one for you- any size- head to the shop and convo me!

*****23/01/2016- I can now get more of this fabric so will be featuring more skirts in the shop- YAY!*****

 

 

 

 


Triangulation for the Nation

Would it be a really daft statement to say that my favourite shape is the triangle? To the point where at school, I was sometimes as Diane the trian(gle). I’m not sure if that name came about because Diane almost kinda rhymes with trian(gle), or because of my fondness for the shape. Its a kind of chicken and egg situation. In fact, now that I’m thinking about it, I believe I had a penchant for purple triangles in particular which a) makes me seem even dafter and b) negates the notion that anything you like as a child is a phase that you eventually grow out. I always like to defy conventional thought.

Browsing Etsy I came across these enameled brooches by Sketch Inc that sent my multicoloured triangular heart racing.

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Pleasing to see an abundance of purple triangles to satisfy the 14 year old in me that refuses to grow up.

Images from Sketch Inc on Etsy