Princess Seeiso of Lesotho in Shweshwe at the Royal Wedding

Looking regal in a shweshwe dress at the recent wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markel. Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho is a member of the Royal Family of Lesotho. She is the wife of Prince Seeiso of Lesotho and the sister-in-law of King Letsie III of Lesotho.

Look What They Made- Urbanstax

This is the first in our exploration of prints and patterns.  We, and by we I mean I, will be honing my sewing skills whilst  experimenting using African fabric to make interesting sewing patterns. I often come across great sewing patterns, with Pinterest and Instagram full of completed garments by avid sewers. I thought it …

Fabric of the Week: Guinea Fowl Wax Print

Is it a peacock, is it an ostrich or maybe a chicken? Well, if you thought it was some sort of bird, you were certainly on the right track. It is actually a guinea fowl! Guinea fowls originated from the African continent and are often a delicacy! Originally living wild, some people now keep them …

Great British Sewing Bee 2019

I am so glad to see that this show is back! Applications are now open and the show is looking for it’s next contestants. Are you a dab hand with a pair of scissors and budding star dressmaker? You can apply via this link- the Great British Sewing Bee. Looking forward to the upcoming series!

What is Shweshwe?

Shweshwe aka shoeshoe aka isishweshwe is a printed cotton fabric that is manufactured in South Africa. The formal name for shweshwe is ‘Indigo-dyed discharge printed fabric’. It is a trademarked fabric and is manufactured by Da Gama Textiles in the Zwelitsha township outside King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is printed …

Ways to wear African Fabric- Wax Print Pencil Skirts

Do you want to experiment with African fabric and not sure how? Have you been gifted some African print or have some in your fabric stash that you do not know what to do with? With spring finally here, my suggestion would be to make a nice and simple pencil skirt. A bright, colourful pencil …

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