It’s Bright: BHL Charlotte skirt in African wax cotton

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A good friend of mine was living in Kenya for a couple of years and was kind enough to haul several metres of various fabrics back for me each time she holidayed at home. African wax cotton is known for its wild prints with vibrant colours and often wacky designs. (This design is not what I would call wacky but I do have one with table fans…yes, table fans!) I love the colours on this fabric and I don’t think the photos accurately show how bright this is. The blue is really blue, the red is really red, the yellow…you get my drift! African cotton seems to be popular at the moment. I’ve seen it in the occasional shop window made into skirts and trousers but never one this bright. I am working my way up to a dress – this stuff would make an amazing dress – but in the meantime here is my By Hand London Charlotte skirt. Here, pattern and fabric are well matched – the simple lines of one allows the crazy lines of the other to shine.

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This skirt should be perfect…but…I muslined it a few months ago, then lost a bit of weight, then for some reason didn’t think to try on the muslin(!!!) before making the skirt last week. It is too big now at the waist by a couple of inches – not a huge amount but enough to annoy me so I’ll have to fix it before the xmas party season kicks in. Note to self…always try on muslins! I lined the skirt in duchess satin to give it some body as the cotton on its own was not enough to hold the shape of the skirt. I think it works pretty well if a bit strange. Is it strange? I’m not sure. Anyway, it works.

I am using Etsy to sell on some of my mountain of wax cottons so check here if you are interested. I will be adding more as I work my way through my stash – believe me, I have a lot!