African Designer of week: Mimi Plange

The Brand: Mimi Plange.  Based in NYC. All pictures below courtesy of Google Image search.

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The IT Factor: Feminine silhouettes with lots of funky lines.

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The Designer Behind the Brand: Mimi Plange.  She has a great story and good advice for anyone trying to break into any field, really. Inspirational. See blog here. What I like about her is that she used her background in architecture design to fuel her passion for clothes. And her hoe collection for Manolo Blahnik is pretty awesome too.

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Country of origin: USA (she grew up in California) but her parents are originally from Ghana

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WebsiteMimi Plange

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Where to buy: Could only find her clothes on ebay…anyone knows where to purchase?

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Sissi’s Notes: No use of Dutch wax material, but she uses very feminine silhouettes and is not afraid of color….my type of designers! 😉

Designed by Bel: First dress!

Yes am still sewing…This month, am working on a long sleeved dress with a pretty red and white fabric.  Unfortunately, at the time of this post, I still have to attach the sleeves to the top of the dress. However, am running late on posting, so below are pictures of my progress and I shall update with the finished dress once completed!

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Africa & Fashion: Nana Wax

Designer of the week: Nanawax.  All images below are courtesy of nana-wax.com.

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I found this fashion house while perusing instagram for inspiration on wax-made clutches. The good news: the store is located in Cotonou, Benin but ships worldwide.  The sad news: there are only eight items listed now on her etsy store. There may be more coming…:) Also, her website needs to upgrade, but she definitely has some interesting accessories to offer 🙂 Will keep you posted if I get more info on this store.

 

Designed by Bel: Circle and Pencil

For January, I am presenting my first two skirts (really, it should be three but I shall share my failure shortly).  You see, my baby sister challenged me to actually sew items I would wear. So, super grande soeur (aka moi) opted for a high-waisted pencil skirt with an exposed back zipper. All pictures below are my own and should not be copied without my written authorization.

So, off I went to JOANN store for a long zipper and some threads. Ended up with a beginner sewing kit, cutting mat, ruler, lining fabric and curved ruler for hips and shoulders (I believe it is called French ruler…why French? I digress). Came home afterward, picked my best fitting pencil skirt for measurements , chose a cute red, blue and white Wax fabric I have had for years, cut it and six hours later (and lots of frustration on the way), obtained this first lined skirt below. All looked OK but the skirt was too big, and uneven. All disappointed, I gave up. Did not even take a final picture as I was so disgusted (ah, the drama lol).

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Then I remembered how I have been asking my younger sibling to be resilient in life and felt so little about my quickness to throw the towel that I had to give it another try. Now, humble but determined, I opted for an easier skirt, the circle skirt.  Very simple, all done within three hours (still frustration and a broken machine needle on the way).  Am very proud of the result below.

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So proud that I even put together an outfit 🙂

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Now strengthened by my humble success, I revisited the high waisted pencil skirt.  Took a lot of patience, broken needles, re-stitching, measuring and about two days (really eight hours combined as I had other projects to attend to) and below is the finished product.  Am soooo happy 🙂

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Looking forward to my February sewing assignment! What do you think of my designs? Please comment!