You can’t beat a bargain like this – £2 reduced from £3.95 from the Hospices of Hope shop in Orpington.
I have had this silk skirt in stash for a while now, but it only ever had one destiny: to be part of my safari wardrobe. The khaki green colour, which I’m generously calling ‘olive’, conjures up safari and jungle images for me. It’s a colour I’d otherwise never wear, and you know I am fond of a challenge, so I set to work.
Obviously the size had to be addressed. I unpicked the waistband a small way at each side seam and cut it apart in the middle.
I then took in the skirt from the waist, tapering down to the hips. I did the same to the lining.
Having measured the new waist of the skirt, I sewed the waistband back together, taking it in by the required amount.
After pressing it the right way out, I could topstitch the unpicked area back together.
Here’s how the new waistband looks…. just the same as the old one.
Much better, but… well… it was missing a little something. OK, a LOT of something. I dug out some African wax print fabric in a complementary colour.
I wanted to add a colourblocked panel at the bottom of the skirt. So… I cut off the bottom section in a straight line.
I cut a new panel from the orange fabric. I cut the back slightly curved so there is a slight ruffle there, which moves as I walk (in place of a vent).
The ruffle is overlocked, turned under 5mm and topstitched. I didn’t want a heavy hem ruining the drape.
It’s quite a simple update but the skirt looks SO different!
These pictures were taken in our hotel suite in Tsavo West National Park, one of the places we stayed during our safari. It was incredible… just look at the view from our suite:
I wore the skirt while we were actually out on safari too!
The safari jeep has a roof that raises up so you can stand up to get a good view of the animals. It’s ideal for taking photos (well, when the jeep isn’t moving, anyway!). Then when you’re driving at any speed, the roof can be closed.
We spent several days doing game drives in Tsavo West and Amboseli national parks. Here’s a quick summary (by which I mean, here are a gratuitous amount of images) of some of the animals we saw….
Lots of elephants…
Giraffes are awesome. These are Maasai giraffe but there are three types in Kenya: Maasai, reticulated and Rothschild’s.
We saw baby giraffes too!
Birds of prey…
Grey-crowned cranes, which our guide just called ‘crown birds’.
Ostriches and ostrich chicks!
Flamingos are actually really creepy close up… they have red eyes!
Buffalo… these guys look mean.
Thomson’s gazelle (also, Grant’s gazelle)…
Impalas. We also saw oryxes, waterbucks and kudus.
An agama lizard. Check out those colours.
A hyena. This guy looked like he’d been in a fight.
Baboons and vervet monkeys…
Scorpions! (This was as close as I was prepared to get. We saw loads in the hotel but I was too busy panicking to take any decent pictures).
Oh hey, what’s that over there under that tree?
Oh it’s just some Lion mums watching a bunch of LION CUBS!!!
OK, OK, we’re leaving….
We’re outta here!
We stopped on the way home to have lunch just inside the Tsavo East national park, and took advantage of the incredible views to take some more pictures.
PS. I also made a maxi dress from the orange material. It’s just my bodice block cut with a slight boat neck, with a pleated rectangle for the skirt, plus bias faced armholes and neckline. Glamorous but comfortable, it’s perfect for enjoying a G&T sundowner…
That concludes the Kenya posts, you’ll no doubt be happy to hear. Normal service will be resumed shortly.