8 panel skirt in blue shwe shwe

8 panel skirt in blue shwe shwe

Wax cotton blouse, from Simplicity 2892.

Wax cotton blouse, from Simplicity 2892.

Hey, that's me.  Someone pinned me before I did....

Hey, that's me. Someone pinned me before I did....

Skirt; made from vintage Butterick 3509 (1960s), using shwe shwe from Cape Town, South Africa.

Skirt; made from vintage Butterick 3509 (1960s), using shwe shwe from Cape Town, South Africa.

New Girl style dress in red knit mystery fabric, sewn using Simplicity 2444.

New Girl style dress in red knit mystery fabric, sewn using Simplicity 2444.

Tunic, made using Simplicity 5828 (1970s) and a batik cotton sarong.

Tunic, made using Simplicity 5828 (1970s) and a batik cotton sarong.

Toddler dress, self drafted and made from an old pillowcase.

Toddler dress, self drafted and made from an old pillowcase.

Beaded collar, inspired by Xhosa collars; made with glass seed beeds couch stitched to black linen.

Beaded collar, inspired by Xhosa collars; made with glass seed beeds couch stitched to black linen.

Jingle dress inspired separates

Jingle dress inspired separates


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Another Sewing Scientist: Unworn pillowcase dress

Another Sewing Scientist: Unworn pillowcase dress

Skirt; made from vintage Butterick 3509 (1960s), using shwe shwe from Cape Town, South Africa.

Skirt; made from vintage Butterick 3509 (1960s), using shwe shwe from Cape Town, South Africa.

Tunic, made using Simplicity 5828 (1970s) and a batik cotton sarong.

Tunic, made using Simplicity 5828 (1970s) and a batik cotton sarong.

Child's dashiki; self drafted based on a smaller thrift store one; made from wax print cotton purchased in Cape Town, South Africa

Child's dashiki; self drafted based on a smaller thrift store one; made from wax print cotton purchased in Cape Town, South Africa

Self drafted skirt; made from Venda tribal cotton purchased in Cape Town, South Africa.

Self drafted skirt; made from Venda tribal cotton purchased in Cape Town, South Africa.

Beaded collar, inspired by Xhosa collars; made with glass seed beeds couch stitched to black linen.

Beaded collar, inspired by Xhosa collars; made with glass seed beeds couch stitched to black linen.

Dress made from vintage Vogue pattern 7743 (1980s), using polyester print from an estate sale (1972).

Dress made from vintage Vogue pattern 7743 (1980s), using polyester print from an estate sale (1972).

Shift dress, made using pattern McCall's 9172 (1990s) and cranberry linen.

Shift dress, made using pattern McCall's 9172 (1990s) and cranberry linen.

Tie front blouse, made from pattern Burda 10/2010 and printed cotton voile.

Tie front blouse, made from pattern Burda 10/2010 and printed cotton voile.

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