I discovered Vlisco a while back.
They specialise in African wax print fabric and their large-scale designs are fabulously, eye-wateringly, slap-bang in your face amazing.
Unfortunately, I discovered it is really difficult to buy quantities of less than 6 metres. Really difficult. And it isn’t cheap either. For cotton. But that didn’t stop me. I had fallen pretty hard. So I decided to order one of their less eye-searing colour ways to
quiet my fabric demon try it out. Still, 6 whole metres of it. However I could get birds though. Large flying hummingbirds. And birdcages, of course.
(The fabric is now no longer available)
I ordered direct from Vlisco and the fabric arrived beautifully packaged within about a week. It got washed and then parked up in one, of my many, fabric bays, until I could decide what to do with it. The design was everything I expected, but the fabric was quite stiff and since the pattern was so large, and printed on the cross grain, I had to get to know where those birds wanted to go, and prepare myself for their ultimate release out into the wild.
In the meantime I was enjoying the resurgence of some new (to me) silhouettes in the world of fashion. One’s which I’d never really worn before. More specifically, they could be described as egg shapes.
Like this cocoon coat from Burda.
Later, after much
internet trawling thought I decided I’d use one of the few Burdastyle patterns from the last 3 years which hadn’t been published in their monthly magazines, and which I therefore didn’t own. No surprises there.
The Vintage Rosa jacket silhouette was just what I wanted. It was classic. It was unusual. It was pure in it’s oviform gorgeousness, so my birds would somehow be returned to their eggy origins. The simple silhouette would allow my lovely fabric to truly sing.
Can’t see the birds? Should I get a bit closer?
Is this any better?
from the side?
Unfortunately to get the full oeuf shape it needed more structure. I simply lined it with Bemberg, and it really needed to be interfaced throughout.
Now where did some of those birds go?