I have bought a fair few garments made by The Masai Clothing Company. One of the reasons that I returned to sewing was because I was sure that I could make similar styles. They looked quite basic enough to copy. They’re traditional shapes used in an imaginative way and as the cost averages around £100 for a simple piece, the decision to have a go at making my own was a no-brainier.
Masai create lots of variations in the same fabric. Retailers’ selections therefore are diverse and customers may not see a garment in that particular fabric/style combo anywhere else.
Masai also control how many authorised sellers operate within a given area. Smart marketing indeed. eBay sellers have no shortage of buyers, I speak from experience as a buyer who lost many a bid and as a seller who couldn’t believe how much people were prepared to pay.
That said, here is my take on a Masai tunic dress using an old pattern that I picked up from a charity shop. Styled up with typical Masai features of oversized pockets and elasticated hem (3″ either side of the side seam).
The fabric is, I think, seersucker, a tiny brown and beige gingham bought from Aberkan in Mostyn, cheap as chips.
I know! a gingham smock, but hey, it works for me! I’ll wear it with leggings, Toms or flat ankle boots and the ubiquitous cardigan.
Special thanks goes to Dolly, my ever willing assistant, who’s relishing the limelight – she doesn’t get out much but she dresses well.
You can just see a little glimpse of my Tessuti Megan cardigan. I’ll be blogging about that anon.