I'm so excited to be taking part in Bari J.'s launch party for Bijoux, her new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics. It's so gorgeous, with inspiration drawn from the imagined life of a traveling free spirit and her elegant caravans full of beautiful textiles and treasures she has acquired throughout her wanderings. You can read more about Bari's inspiration on her blog, and find some great free patterns there as well.
When I was thinking of a project to make with my bundle of Bijoux, my friend Cal posted a photo on Instagram of a woman from the Herero tribe in Namibia wearing a traditional patchwork dress, like the one above. I was immediately drawn to the stunning costume, and after a little google research, I found that there is a newly published book of these images by photographer Jim Naughten.
So, I decided to make my own version of a dress inspired by the traditional costumes of the Herero women. This pattern is one that I designed about five years ago and used to sell in my etsy shop, although I modified this version by adding scrappy log cabin patchwork blocks for the skirt section.
Oliva loves it! I finished it yesterday and she would not take it off after our little photo shoot. She's a big fan of Bijoux, too.
And she wouldn't stop twirling in the dress.
I love the mix of colors in this line, from the dark rich pink to the mustard yellow, chocolate brown, and even the bits of green. It all works so well together.
And don't forget to check out the entire launch party to see lots of amazing inspiration and gorgeous projects featuring Bijoux: