|A new baby quilt made from shweshwe|
And what a great fabric for Magic Baby Designs' WorldWear line. Shweshwe is very high quality cotton still produced in the traditional manner, just as it was in the 1800s when it was created in England and shipped to South Africa. Initially worn only by local tribes, Gill says the name shweshwe came from the sound the fabric made when you were wearing it. The fabric was coated with a glaze designed to protect it from moisture during the long journey from England to South Africa, producing a particular feel to the fabric. No wonder the native women named it! The beautiful cotton becomes softer and softer as it is worn and washed. What a great discovery, and how lucky I am that Gill gave me a stash of her fabrics to play with.
|WorldWear shweshwe dress in progress|
|WorldWear shweshwe dress front. The bodice is pieced|
to take advantage of the wonderful design. I used some
vintage indigo Japanese fabrics for the bodice band at the waist
and for the hem ruffle.
|This is a detail of the inside. I pieced the front and covered|
the seams with binding on the inside. Here you can also
see the logo of one of the companies that produces
this terrific fabric, Three Cats.
|WorldWear shweshwe dress, back|
|Here is a detail of the sleeve. Instead of a |
butterfly sleeve, I pleated it into a cuff band.