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 would be interesting to see what some of these garments would look like in African prints and batiks. My guess is they could be very interesting! Handmade wardrobe, here I come. The Tamarack Jacket by Grainline studios is one of such projects. The finished item is far from perfect but I LOVE it. It is made out of our Colour marble batik fabric hand-dyed in Southern Nigeria. I think it is a great choice as the fabric has not specific motifs. I didn’t have to worry about the direction of prints or anything of the sort. I did go a bit crazy with the lining, the sleeves are red and the back and one of the front linings is a print with fingers. Yes, fingers. It is the Hands Motif ankara fabric. It is the kind of thing that keeps me secretly entertained as I go about my business. I love interesting linings. The pattern is a joy as you see the pieces coming together. Have you made anything from our colourful marble batik or have you made the tamarack jacket out of African fabric? If you have do share!!