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Vogue 9159 Geometric Tunics and Pants

When my daughter was going to Bangladesh last Fall, we looked all over for a pattern that would give us the look of the most common outfit that women wear there- a long tunic worn over pull on pants, with a coordinating scarf.  This is so common that they actually package 3 fabrics together and sell them as a set.  You then can take that set to a tailor and have them make it for you in your size. Wouldn't that be cool if we could do that here?  It wasn't expensive either.  I think she said it would be about $25 for all three pieces, and she did have two sets made for her there, and then brought one set home to make for herself.  The fabrics were similar to a rayon challis- but very, very thin and lightweight. Right after she left, Vogue came out with this pattern, Vogue 9159, that looked exactly like what we were looking for, except it was designed for knits!   I picked it up right away, but then she went to Madagascar, where their dress is totally different, so s

What to Wear in Madagascar

To be honest, I have no idea what to wear in Madagascar, and this title may need to be changed to "what NOT to wear in Madagascar" in a few months.  We will have to wait and see.  My 22 year old daughter, Alyssa, left for the Peace Corps this week, and she will be stationed in Madagascar for the next 2 years and 3 months.  Yes, you read that right- TWO YEARS and three months!!! We are very proud of her for wanting to help make the world a better place, and for being fearless in doing so, but it will be a looooong time for Mama and Papa back home. Not knowing anything about Madagascar, the first step in figuring out what to pack was to figure out the weather and the cultural norms.  Madagascar is a very large island off the southeastern coast of Africa.  It's very, very unique in it's ecosystem, and has many species that are not found anywhere else in the world- most famously lemurs. Right now, it is experiencing it's rainy season, as you can see by the