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African Wax Anna

Added Oct 7, 2013

by bethmaryharley

Singapore, Singa...






I promised to upload this dress ages ago, but I’ve only just round to repairing (grrr!) and photographing it! This was actually the first Anna dress I made (after my muslin) and I’d had the fabric in my stash for a very long time (mainly because I loved it too much to cut it up!). The fabric is very stiff and highly patterned which made it ideal for this By Hand London pattern as it’s such a simple shape. I had a bit of an adventure once I’d finished it (!) which I wrote about on my blog

Material Notes

Wax fabric




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Bohemian, Ethnic, Preppy, Rock, Vintage

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    Oct 8, 2013, 08.35 PMby olele

    Your dress is really beautiful! it’s a pity the fabric’s not ageing so well… I usually work with wax prints (I make fans out of them) but never tried to sew one of the strongly waxed. It’s really easy to tear them apart, so I guess they’re great for creating loose garments but not so good for small details… The print is gorgeous, though!

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      Oct 9, 2013, 07.50 AMby bethmaryharley

      Wow! Your fans are SO beautiful! I love the pink and blue one in particular – just think of the clothes you could make from that! It’s really interesting that you say strongly waxed ones don’t sew well; the other wax print I had was much softer and I’ve had no problems with it so far… I think you must be right! Do you mind me asking where you source your fabrics from? I would love to get my hands on some of them! ;-)

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    Oct 8, 2013, 09.45 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    It’s so sad that such a gorgeous dress would meet such a sorry fate…I know so well what it is like to have a fabric finally find its destiny, it’s such a pity to fall apart so soon after! Perhaps with gentle hand washing it will last longer? I have a few lovely vintage dresses that ripped at the seams, with no allowance left for me to take in further. Underlining the weak area worked for a while, but for me it was often a global problem, with the rest of the dress just waiting to rip. Crossing my fingers that won’t be the case with yours!

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      Oct 9, 2013, 07.45 AMby bethmaryharley

      Hmmmm, yes, I think I may have to do some hand washing! (I am SO lazy!) But I think it won’t last forever, so I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can! :-( I can always recycle the fabric into something else once it’s beyond repair, so I will always have a part of my dress with me!

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    Oct 7, 2013, 02.29 PMby kisses

    The Anna dress is perfect for you and the fabric is indeed lovely. Very pretty dress and you look great

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      Oct 7, 2013, 02.42 PMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you very much, Kisses! I think I might have to try out the pattern you used for your latest dress because it looks so great! :-)

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    Oct 7, 2013, 02.10 PMby liliv-1

    Anna pattern is very much your style!! I like the pattern of the fabric as well. Pretty dress my friend:)

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      Oct 7, 2013, 02.38 PMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you, liliv! I think Anna is fast becoming my favourite pattern so I’m very glad you think it suits me! If only I could more fabrics like this…! ;-)

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      Oct 8, 2013, 03.34 PMby liliv-1

      I just took a fast look at the story (unfortunately I don’t have much internet time these days). Having clothes at your bag is a funny idea:) I had had many accidents in my life with both homemade and rtw clothes so I don’t blame my sewing:) Anna is really your pattern!!

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    Oct 7, 2013, 12.26 PMby fidgetfingers

    The fabric is absolutely gorgeous! And what a sad story!

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      Oct 7, 2013, 01.32 PMby bethmaryharley

      It had a (sort of) happy ending though! The fabric is seriously beautiful though – I wish I could find more like it!

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    Oct 7, 2013, 11.24 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Dear Beth, Love your story:) – and you did a great job with this unusual dress and lovable fabric! I hope you can still wear it for a long time because it’s a very lovely dress and suits you so well :-) Cheers!

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      Oct 7, 2013, 01.31 PMby bethmaryharley

      Thank you, Ellen! I’m definitely rationing the times I wear the dress to make it last longer! Very glad you liked the story! :-)

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