It’s a Wrap!

What’s better than a little black dress?…… A little black dress with a big colorful wrap!

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This month several members of The Mood Sewing Network are sewing African Waxed Cotton. I enthusiastically agreed to the challenge having never sewn this fabric before, and when my six-yard piece of Spectra Green Waxed Cotton African Print with Gold Metallic Foil arrived I wanted to use every inch of this luscious metallic textile.IMG_0241Big wraps are such luxury accessories! It took me a while to learn how to wear wraps comfortably, but now that I know what to do with them I truly value these versatile pieces. When folded in half the wrap is quite manageable and just large enough to warm the shoulders,
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but one flick of the wrist, and the beautiful shimmer of the garment is revealed in full.

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I chose McCall’s 3880 from my stash (a discontinued pattern but available on Etsy, Ebay and many other sites),Mccalls-3880-401x458and sewed View D with the 360 inch bias cut ruffle.

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I sew ruffles quite often, but could not have sewn one this large without my Ruffler attachment which evenly gathered the entire ruffle in less than 10 minutes.

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Because view D is a lined variation I was able to sew a reversible wrap by placing right sides together after attaching the ruffle. Waxed prints are very easy to work with. My one cautionary step was using a press cloth when pressing the metallic side up.

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Note how the ‘wrong’ side resembles broadcloth (below).

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From Wikipedia…….

“The wax prints are part of a nonverbal way of communication among African women, and hereby they carry their message out into the world. Some wax prints can be named after personalities, cities, building, sayings or occasions. The producer, name of the product and registration number of the design is printed on the selvage, protecting the design and allowing reading the quality of the fabric. The wax fabrics constitute capital goods for the African women. Therefore, they are collected depending on the financial possibilities.”

I do not know the message or meaning behind my print but I am happy to pass it along by way of  wearing the symbols and design.

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Click here to learn more about the fascinating story of African Waxed Cotton.

So here I am wearing what I originally thought was just another piece of fabric, only to be reminded of a  deeper meaning connecting women around the world. I encourage you to visit Mood Fabrics’ selection featuring many more patterns, and make your own statement with these unique designs!

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All the best 🙂

 

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Comments


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 28, 2017

    Beautiful wrap! Unfortunately my machine wouldn’t take that ruffler attachment (believe me I tried!) – I could get it on but my machine really didn’t like it at all 🙂 I am in love with these African wax prints too and seeing what everyone is making with them in this contest is so inspiring! That gold shimmering in the sunlight is just so dreamy but especially like you say, “with that iconic LBD” what could be more divine?

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 29, 2017

      Hi Kathleen! The rufflers can be so intimidating and frustrating, but when they work they’re miraculous….
      Many thanks for the comment:)

  • Sharon
    January 28, 2017

    Such an elegant look.

  • Cennetta
    January 29, 2017

    Beautiful, Sarah. I would have never thought of making a wrap out of a waxed print. Love it.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 29, 2017

      The design on mine is so large that it worked perfectly as a wrap, but this fabric is so versatile it could be almost anything. Many thanks, Cennetta!

  • Manju
    January 29, 2017

    You look gorgeous Sarah.

  • Peter
    January 30, 2017

    Love this wrap, Sarah — you’re the epitome of glamour in it!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 30, 2017

    LOL – thank you, Peter!

  • Fiona
    February 7, 2017

    You have taken this challenge and run with it! You’ve really made something so very ‘you’ and shown the versatility that these prints can have

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 7, 2017

    Thank you, Fiona!