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A Vlisco Story – Eh Voilà!

March 29, 2016

First came this Vlisco Voilà for you fabric:


Then I stumbled upon this inspiration picture, also by Vlisco:

Vlisco ~Latest African Fashion, African Prints, African fashion styles, African clothing, Nigerian style, Ghanaian fashion, African women dresses, African Bags, African shoes, Kitenge, Gele, Nigerian fashion, Ankara, Aso okè, Kenté, brocade. ~DKK:

Which made this pattern pop up in my head, already mentioned here back in 2014:

Enter the Easter weekend:


Alterations made:

  • 2-cm FBA
  • Added a lining
  • Changed the one-piece sleeve with offset to a two-pieve sleeve
  • Small box pleat at elbows instead of gathering-This drafting feature makes the sleeves ergonomic, slightly tilted to the front at the elbow.
  • Understitched the collar
  • Interfaced the whole front, so my jacket probably isn’t as soft shaped as the original
  • Used a facing for the sleeves hem, with contrasting fabric
  • Wanted to add a back stay but let it be due to the fact that the pattern has no shoulder seams (very Donna Karan, isn’t it?). I did created shoulder seams on the lining, though, since I was short on lining fabric. I actually had to switch to gray for the sleeves.
  • Skipped the front button for the time being. May or may not add a snap fastener, time will tell…

The instructions are in German and English, rather brief but there are pictures included. I only followed them in part due to adding the lining.

There are not too many marks on the pattern pieces but this is well drafted and all the pieces fit well together. However, you might want to add more marks if drafting a lining, e.g. at the seams between facings and lining.

There’s a LOT of curve sewing involved, which makes this an intermediate to advanced pattern.

This is a garment I’m going to love. It’s loud but will make a nice statement if paired with a basic tee, jeans and pumps, or with a solid colored dress. The color possibilities are numerous here, since cream, brown, orange, black, pink and grey are displayed on the fabric.

I also cut and sew another Vlisco fabric but came to a halt when I realised I didn’t have the suitable zipper. Should be in the mail today, so stay tuned…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. sewbussted permalink
    March 29, 2016 12:38

    What a fun grab and go piece for just about any occasion in your life.


  2. heather permalink
    March 29, 2016 13:49

    hi! so cool! & you chose an oki pattern! (i have two, found them on her store on etsy, but i haven’t made them yet…looking for the perfect fabric.) love your blog! 🙂


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