Primary colour goodness pt 217

by Franca on 16 April 2012

primary colours
tulips house
marie louise
pippifix primary colours
chocolate cake
primary colours
signs birds in trees
house me
hot air balloons

These photos are from the first day of the Easter holiday when Dave came to visit, involving nothing very tangible: lots of walking, looking at shops, tea and beer drinking. It was flipping freezing as well, but I suffer for my art to show you my lovely primary coloured outfit. You can see me shivering in the picture with the tree background.

I will not go on about how amazing that dress and African wax fabrics in general are again now, other than to say I MUST track down a shop that sells these fabrics, I love them so. There is a big Congolese community in Brussels and I have seen several women and girls wearing traditional outfits made out of these fabrics. There is an area where Congolese businesses are concentrated (the Matonge, named after an area of Kinshasa), so surely I must be able to find a place. I did see a shop that looked like a (very posh) fabric shop, but in the end it turned out that they were the actual garments that you need to wrap strategically.

If I do find a shop, how much should I get for an as of yet undecided project? 3ms?

In other news, I’m submitting this to the Ethical Fashion Bloggers outfit challenge, where this month the theme is ‘made locally’. I’m not in the UK just now, but I usually am, so the fact that this dress was made there counts, right?

Outfit stats (I changed shoes and bag to take it from day to night): * dress – craft market in London * top under – uniqlo * day shoes (brown ones) – gift, office * evening shoes – gift, clarks originals * blue mini bag – charity shop * earrings – pilfered off my mum *

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meligrosa April 16, 2012 at 8:15 am

LOVE this. your coor always brings joy to read. hello again
+hugs from san francisco xxom

meligrosa April 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

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Miriana April 16, 2012 at 8:27 am

I think that a lot of African print fabrics are sold in standard lengths. I seem to recall 6 yards / metres which is plenty. And at reasonable prices. I’ve got a strong urge to make something up.

Alexandra Thérèse April 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

Agreed, the dress is amazing, and I love how you’ve made the colours of it stand out by teeming them with matching top and tights! So bright and cheerful and the fabric does indeed look very comfortable and well-made. I like these snapshots of Brussels too – I must say, in all your recent photos, the architecture looks amazing!
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SACRAMENTO April 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Beautiful photos, and gorgeous print dress, my dear Franca.
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J April 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Lovely colours! It seems you look the way the angel in the graffiti would look if only she smiled.

ariane April 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Bonjour Franca!

Oh j’adore cette robe et toutes ces couleurs éclatantes!
J’aime le choix des collants – ils mettent la robe en contraste, très joli!
You looked like you are indeed a bit cold there!
Wow! Franca, these are fabulous pics – i would love to be there _ I love Europe, I lived in Germany for 4 years!
Mr. D and I are working on travelling the world in a couple of years hopefully if everthing goes well!

Take care

Ariane xxxx
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Terri April 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Oh, what a wonderful dress and I love how you’ve styled it. I’m truly enjoying the tours you’re giving us of Brussels. Can’t help you with the yardage…though I nearly purchased a sari this weekend. I didn’t know how to wrap it and didn’t have anyone to ask…so I passed up a beautiful garment.
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Kathryn April 18, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Do you ever come down to London? You can buy wax print fabric all over here, and it’s normally really cheap. Miriana is right that it’s usually sold in standard lengths of about 6 metres, that’s enough to make a full outfit and headdress. It’s normally quite narrow though, I’d say about a metre wide? Here in Dalston the standard stuff is £10 a metre, there’s also a whole shop called ‘Fabric Afrique’ which sells more expensive prints. I’ve also seen it in Lewisham, Brixton, and several other places (normally in markets). I’ve never seen it for sale in Edinburgh though, don’t think there’s enough of a market there.
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Mallory April 19, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I LOVE that dress! I’m sort of obsessed with Africal tribal prints lately, but I really love the primary colors in your dress too.

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