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African wax print + 50's Party Dress

Added Jun 29, 2012

by heatherlou

Montreal, Canada






I was totally inspired by a fellow Burda lady for this project (this dress is so great: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/1950s-dress-with-african-fabric). I mixed two different wax prints on this dress – I intended on using the acorn print all the way around but 2 yards wasn’t enough.

I was really drawn to the psychedelic patterns of these prints – eyeballs and acorns, how can you go wrong? I used a Butterick reproduction vintage pattern (5748). I also lined this one with voile at the bust and poly organza at the skirt to give it more fullness. You can read more about the process here: http://closetcasefiles.blogspot.ca/2012/06/wax-prints-party-dresses.html

Material Notes

cotton African wax print, white cotton voile (lining – bodice), poly organza (lining – skirt), invisible zipper




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Romantic, Vintage
Cotton, Organza

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    Jul 2, 2012, 09.27 AMby Martch

    I love african prints, too. The dress looks great on you!

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    Jul 1, 2012, 03.24 PMby lizajane09

    Those african wax prints are amazing. I love the combination of the retro pattern with the funky fabric.

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    Jun 30, 2012, 04.30 PMby nattyjane

    The inspiration dress you linked to is in my favorites too! And yours turned out beautifully!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 04.44 PMby melonhead

    Beautiful dress! I love the print!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 02.51 PMby MissHickory

    Love the color!!!!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 11.30 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    colours look amazing on you! what a fun and great dress

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    Jun 29, 2012, 07.50 AMby kess

    love this! I really love hoe you “tamed” the african fabric and made it totally wearable!

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