Have you ever had one of those outfit ideas that stays in your head for weeks, months, or even years? You mull it over in your mind and figure out every little detail until, finally... it is time. I've probably been pondering this particular idea for about two years!
In my case, it was finally time to cut the fabric that inspired me in the first place, a Maasai shuka. As I explained in my last post, my sister gave me this blanket when she came back to the U.S. from Kenya. It didn't get much use as it was, and I wanted to make into something that could be worked into my daily life more often. Obviously, my go-to is clothing!
I turned the shuka into a pencil skirt, and I made a blouse to coordinate. I didn't want to make just a plain top; I wanted it to reflect the Maasai heritage of the skirt. I was afraid that without a bit more uniqueness, the skirt would just look like another plaid skirt.
I will get more into the sewing details and specific inspiration behind the blouse and skirt in the next two posts (as well as how you can create and/or buy your own versions!), but until then, check out my overview post about Maasai culture and aesthetics, and here is the first group of ensemble photos!
Stay tuned for the next posts, and feel free to read more about the Maasai in the extra reading here!