18.8.10

Flower Bag





This is my new bag! I did it yesterday night. This fabric is VERY nice... I think i'm going to make a little dress with it... see you next time to see the final result :-)


one zip : 1,50€
yellow fabric : 2€/m at Ikea 
Wax : 15€/6yd at Barbès city


Mail me if you want the tutorial for the bag (very easy to do!)

13.8.10

My little Make-up bag

My little make-up bag



After the pocket-T, the little make-up bag. It was easy and quick to do
Thanks Colette for the tutorial !!!!

Janelle MONAE - Cold War

11.8.10

My obsession of the week : The Pocket-T




These two lasts weeks, my sewing machin was a bit nervous and didn't work very well... And I'm a "sewing addict" so it has been hard (i'm not joking :-)  ) ... for killing time i've decided to design my "Pocket-T"or pocket tampons if you want (very sexy & glamour I know) and yesterday my sewing machin allowed me to make them!!! This is the result :





   

10.8.10

Just BREATH and enjoy COLOR








I see Wax everywhere, don't you ?

If you want to see more of these beautiful cards, go check out : 

http://sweetdesigndiaries.blogspot.com/
http://www.sweetdesignstudio.co.uk
      

Focus on ... Juanjo OLIVA - Summer 2010 collection

Salad dress no?
My favourite One

Sexy to go to the playa
Classic and funky style : "Claky"


One more time, who said that African Fabrics was Old Fashion??!!! WHO??
Most of time when European Designers want to give an "ethnic" touch to their collection, they use African Fabrics (Wax,Java etc..) and give their interpretation of Africa...sometimes it's very cliché!! the pictures above are from the last Spring/summer collection 2010 of Juanjo OLIVA, a spanish designer! just WAHOUUU, very beautiful, colored and sexy just what i like! This designer is not specialized in this kind of fabric, it was the first time tha he used African Fabrics for his collections and he's very talented. I would just tell him : DON'T STOP!


Go check out his work : http://www.juanjooliva.com/

Focus on ... Christine MHANDO - Chichia London

 


Christine Mhando is a young designer, who has launched her brand "Chichia London" since 2007.
She was born in Tanzania, has been raised in London and did the London College of Fashion. Through her work, she tries to gather her two principal influences : Africa and Europe. She uses "Khanga" for her clothes, which is a traditional East African fabric.
I love her first collection "Made in Dar", there is something very poetic, simple and at the same time "sexy".
I recommend you to take a look on her website, if you want to go further :
http://chichia.ds6049.dedicated.turbodns.co.uk/

5.8.10

First dress : The GIGI Model

3 meter at 10€ (Marché Saint Pierre)

My first dress



This is my first dress, i'm very proud of the final result. I used :
- 1,5 meter of the fabric
- one Zip (0,80€)
- some elastics (because i wanted the sleeves to be puffed)

A BIG THANKS TO My boyfriend's mother : she learned me how to use my sewing maschin and basics of sewing. She followed me at each step of this dress and helped me to put the zip and adjust the chest... yeah my measures were a bit false :-). 

Sewing World

I love Wax but most of time clothes made with Wax are very expensive, even when it's not real Wax! So I decided to make my own WAX-clothes! very ambitious for a girl who doesn't sew, but I really want to learn!! 
3 weeks ago, I went to the Marché saint Pierre with the mother of my Boyfriend to buy all my equipment. I already had  the old sewing machin of my mother, i just wanted to buy some sewing pattern and fabrics.
I found some African fabrics, it was not real WAX (the fabric was rigid and printed only on one side), but some were very nice.

VLISCO Collection

So fresh !

Who said that Wax was old fashion?
Beautiful, I want the same :-)
Class and Chic

what is WAX?



Wax, this magic word is just a piece of fabric, generally very colourful and known as "African fabric" because it is strongly ingrained into the African style and culture by the type of design used.
I remember when i was young ( i lived in Ivory Coast), maybe five years old, my grandmother always closed very carefully her Wardrobe because it contained she said  her most beautiful outfits : Wax Fabrics. Even today, the big wish of my grandmother is not to come to see Paris but that I bring her Wax Fabrics from France. And I did'nt understand why because in my mind the best Wax were obviously in Africa not in Europe! But i was wrong, Wax is produced in Europe (Hollande) and then distributed in Africa and it has always been like this...



The current market of Wax is dominated by the group VLISCO.  This Dutch firm operates since 1846 and its market share in 2003 was estimated to 75% in  West Africa, so there is no doubt that Vlisco is the undeniable leader. Today, the challenge Vlisco is facing is to compete with the invasion of Chinese products in the African market. Since 2007 Vlisco has adopted a new brand image by positioning itself in the "luxury" (or maybe premium) segment, so its products are synonymous of high quality and high prices. On the contrary, Chinese products have a mass market position with low quality and cheap products. 
Adding to the competition, Vlisco has to struggle against counterfeit, indeed most of Chinese products are just copies of real Dutch Wax. Just to give you an idea of the impact on the figures : according to Stéphane Lesueur (DG of Vlisco Africa) , the turnover of Vlisco in Burkina Faso has dropped to 50% in 2003 since the appearance of these "chinoiseries". 
Ok i think i'm going to stop here... it's not a course of Economy ;-)

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