African wax print dress


Remember that Vicki Wright, the queen of African Wax Printed dresses, from @sewvee celebrated her birthday back in March?

Well, this was my contribution to her celebration and challenge! I hadn’t prioritized the make at the time because of my ankle and the dressmakers ball, so the last two days before the challenge ended I sewed my ass off just in time to enter.

This is the first dress I made using wax prints and I can see the fascination that Vicky has for it. I wanted to make the pencil skirt version of the Butterick 6453 pattern. The problem was that there isn’t any way to add pockets to the pattern besides patch pockets, and I don’t think it would look good in this dress.

After I made my Dressmakers Ball dress, I’ve been thinking of more options on detachable garments. By making detachable garments you simple get more options. So I did! I made a detachable peplum skirt which I added welt pockets to.

It was simple enough. With my remaining fabric, I cut out a circle skirt, the length depended on how much I had left. I slashed a bit at the front so it made a little opening. Then added contrasting fabric to make the welt pockets and waistband. Voilá!

And guess what? I won one of the prizes! I got chosen by one of the judges, @theravelout, to win a Vlisco Wax Hollandaise fabric of my choice from Empire textiles. I went with pink and blue planets, VBE661. Now I just need some inspiration on what to make with it, since it’s 5,4 meters long! All the options!

  • Name: Mother Gothel from Tangled
  • Pattern: B6453 from Butterick by Gertie
  • Size: US 8
  • Fabric: African wax print fabric from Dovetailes

Sophie Bach


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