I’ve worked with Wawi Amasha for a few years, and now she’s starting to get really serious about her clothing design. These looks are all hers, but I sewed them for a gallery opening this past weekend. They were presented under the name Mami Afrika.
Sewer, designer, tech designer.Of course I made my purple miimii dress, as well as the blue halter dress on Inobe. Wawi is on the left.
Wawi was showing her paintings at Hamilton Gallery in Santa Monica, and it was a fun party! In our gallery was the artwork, models wearing dresses, wine of course, and African drummers who inspired some fancy dancing.
A neighboring gallery was also hosting an opening, where there was more wine, plus vodka, couscous, gift bags, and a hyper little German man who began our conversations with “I like the look you’re experimenting with on your outfit,” because that’s what you say in Santa Monica. I don’t remember your name, but you were kinda crazy, but also fun.
The fabrics were collected on Wawi’s recent trip to Kenya, and the patterns were drafted by Inobe Nicole, who also made the fabulous geometric necklaces.
I made ten pieces for the show in 4 days, and eventually developed a rhythm for the layout and construction. Sample patterns rarely come with instructions, so it’s up to be to figure out a smooth and efficient technique. Print matching! The finishing on this sleeveless jacket includes french seams, bias bound, double turned hem, and folding seams under.
This purple skirt was my favorite piece, and that amethyst necklace Inobe made is insane!
This dress was another personal favorite.
It was a week of marathon sewing, but the team was very pleased at the outcome. I’ll be doing more work with Wawi soon (like tomorrow!).
Thanks to Sam / Docta Sez for the additional photos!
The dresses are amazing! The prints are beautiful. And so many garments in such little time.
Thanks Nhi! It definitely became a marathon, and the red vest was made at 7am the day of the show!
These are beautiful, nice work! I love the way you’ve used the patterns and made them match so nicely. Is the fabric cotton?
Thank you! I really loved working with these gorgeous prints, and figuring out the pattern layout was like working a puzzle. The fabrics are printed with 100% cotton, but many of them feel like they have some poly in there. I think it’s something about the wax printing technique that gives the fabric a certain stiffness, which will probably disappear with wear.
I’m bummed you’re not going to be at the meetup this weekend!
Awesome! Super cute pics of you ladies too.