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Upcycled: African Wax Skirt to Strapless Dress

Added May 27, 2009

by tatuswelle

City, United States






I was feeling adventurous even though I’d only made 2 dresses to date.

This was a skirt made from african wax print by a tailor in Nigeria and sent to me. It was a 6 piece skirt…pretty; but it didnt fit right & the top was horrendous. Decided to make into a strapless dress (sorry…I forgot to take pics w/out the sweater). Also forgot to take “before” pics of the skirt…I hope my drawing makes sense. LOL.

I tried to use everything that was already on the skirt the seams and zipper, etc to make it easier. So the waist band became the top of the dress, the hip part of the skir became the bodice…and so on and so on.

It didnt take too long to do and I really like it.

Material Notes

Ankara, African Wax Print Skirt





Whoever the tailor in Warri, Nigeria - that did the original skirt

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    Oct 17, 2009, 09.30 AMby BeYou TiFul

    Very nice I like the print of this fabric.

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    Jun 7, 2009, 12.14 AMby evette

    Great job!

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    Jun 2, 2009, 08.14 AMby beccabe

    that’s such a fantastic print!

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    May 28, 2009, 12.50 PMby mechic

    I loove african wax prints! and it was really cool how u turned the skirt into a beautiful dress its really cool!

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    May 27, 2009, 11.26 PMby lauriana

    I love it! I wish I could see it without the sweater, but what I can see is great. This is the kind of shape you can alter into a dress just by taking in some of the vertical seams. I love african wax prints and you can really wear them (I tend to use the print only for skirts, or the bottom of dresses, I’m a very pale girl and would look washed out when wearing such a strong print all over) Congratulations for seeing the potential of the unflattering skirt!

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