The reason why I’ve been posting so much this week is because of the Colette Hawthorn. It needed to be posted no later than today (July 25th) in order to make it for the Colette Patterns sewalong deadline since I don’t plan on being near a computer this weekend. But I also hate posting out of order, and the Hawthorn was the last thing I finished, so I needed to get all other outfits and events that happened before out of the way! Otherwise I hang on to images and photos for a while and let them sit for a few days or weeks until I’m ready to edit and write about them. But not with a sewalong! After this I am done with sewalongs for a while – I just want to immerse myself in my care packages, and those don’t involve the online community, sorry!
So while it was my most recently completed project, it was actually a project started way before the peony, renfrew, and pouches. On June 24th I was cutting out my pattern to tape together and made a huge mess in the courtyard.
The thing is I don’t really care for this fabric. Which meant that I didn’t really care for my Hawthorn. I was actually in the wholesale market in Cotonou looking for another fabric, but couldn’t find it, but felt I needed to justify my trip out there, so bought this… not worth it. Lesson learned: do not buy fabric just so I don’t feel bad about wasting taxi money and effort to get to the market. Just walk away and wait until you do find the fabric you really want!
My fabric is made by Uniwax in Cote d’ivoire. Which by the way was bought out by Vlisco. Also I found this fact on their website: Le Wax Print est un produit de la gamme Uniwax qui, à la différence du Wax Block, ne subit aucun traitement de couleur supplémentaire après l’application de sa teinture de base. Les pagnes Wax Print se caractérisent donc par leurs tons monochromes. – This is where I learned that there is a difference between wax block and wax print. Wax Block = the crazy colorful prints with lots of different colors. Wax print = monochromatic crazy prints, often either blue, green, or burgundy red.
I still wanted to finish my Hawthorn, but I didn’t feel like putting effort into it AKA hand stitched buttonholes require that I really really love a project… and I unfortunately did not. Fortunately Barnaby the tailor is a good person, has a machine with a zig zag stitch, and was happy to make my buttonholes for me.
So Peace Corps has summer camps (separate, one for boys and one for girls) where volunteers bring their some students to learn about malaria, hand washing, condom usage, moringa, AIDS, nutrition, sexual harassment, neem leaves, potential careers, gender equality, children’s rights, importance of education, study habits, financial planning,…. don’t worry they do fun stuff as well, such as soccer tournaments, field trips to ouidah, movie nights, dance night, music classes, and of course art classes taught by yours truly.
I’ve been helping out and it’s been a busy week. I love hanging out with other volunteers but I’m also a bit wiped – it ends on Saturday though so things will calm down for a bit. (This is why I had to post everything else before, it would’ve really bothered me if I posted the retirement party and dance performances *after* the hawthorn and the peace corps camp – because that isn’t the correct order of events! I am okay with outfits being posted out of order, but not for events.)
Bonus blurry shots with Bosco when I came back later. Also if you squint you can see another forget-me-not pouch I made with my Hawthorn scraps. I don’t like this fabric on me but it’s fine for bags and accessories.