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I Dream of Africa Skirt

Added May 14, 2014

by saxsilverain

Espoo, Finland






i’ve been wanting to make something from these lovely African wax cotton fabrics that i have, and only now do i get the chance to do so.

i combined 2 different fabrics together for this skirt since it needs about 2 m of fabric (and i only got a bit more than 1 m of each fabric, both only 1,2 m wide). i made it using the size 36, which is one size smaller than usual for bottoms, because i usually feel too much looseness in the waist when i use size 38. since this skirt has very wide hemline, i thought i’d be okay with 36.

but yeah, i was wrong yet again. the skirt ended up a bit too small even on the waist area, which resulted in a small alteration on the front part. and this is why i couldn’t make the graphics on the center front of the skirt align with one another. thank God i don’t have OCD.

and i still love it, no matter how imperfect it is! the brilliant colours just make me dream of a summer holiday somewhere in the African savannas.

Material Notes

about 2,5 m of cotton fabric in total (1,2 m wide),
8 snap buttons.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Ethnic

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    May 16, 2014, 08.51 PMby SassyT

    Gorgeous. Can you machine wash? I have some African wax fabric but no idea how to treat it.

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      May 17, 2014, 05.14 AMby saxsilverain


      i washed them in 40C degrees before sewing them, seems to work perfectly. :) some of the African wax fabrics have glitter/gold prints, i’m pretty sure those can only be hand washed (or use the hand wash program if your machine has it), but otherwise you can treat it as you would a normal cotton fabric.

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    May 15, 2014, 03.14 PMby aalaberge

    I Love african wax. Beautiful skirt, great style!

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      May 15, 2014, 08.36 PMby saxsilverain

      so do i! :D thank you for the kind words!

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    May 15, 2014, 10.40 AMby liliv-1

    Fabulous skirt!! The two fabrics are great and the shape of the skirt is wonderful!!

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      May 15, 2014, 08.35 PMby saxsilverain

      i can’t seem to stop mixing 2 print fabrics together :D prints are really my weakest spot in terms of fabrics. thanks so much again for your lovely words, liliv!

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    May 15, 2014, 10.10 AMby martinK


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    May 14, 2014, 10.12 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Colorful and Fabulous!! Great work dear friend! :-))

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      May 15, 2014, 08.32 PMby saxsilverain

      thanks again, Ellen! these fabrics are super easy to work with, i’m so in love! :D

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    May 14, 2014, 09.05 PMby kisses

    Lovely skirt…like the mixture of fabric, it really works together

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      May 15, 2014, 08.32 PMby saxsilverain

      thank you, kisses! i’m sooo happy to finally be able to try to sew something out of these beautiful fabrics… now i just want to get more African wax fabrics! :D

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    May 14, 2014, 08.57 PMby maggieg5

    And again, what a wonderful skirt and the pattern and colours of the fabric bring a smile to my face. Love it :0)

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      May 15, 2014, 08.29 PMby saxsilverain

      aww, that’s so nice to hear! it’s great that they bring smile to your face, because summer is coming! i’m hoping they bring warmer weather here too (i think it’s working…it’s gonna hit +21C this weekend). ;)

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      May 15, 2014, 09.08 PMby maggieg5

      lets hope we both get the nice weather :0) !! for a change we have been told that the sun will be shining this weekend !!

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