African Wax Print Dress

Yesterday, I upcycled a homemade Muumuuu-style dress I found at Village des Valeurs a few months back. The fabric looks more African wax in flavour, similar to many prints I admired throughout my travels in West Africa. The design however appears to be a more modern day take on the m’boubou or kaftan, a traditional West African ceremonial dress, as the sleeves are short. I was lucky with this piece as it’s extra large size allowed me enough fabric to create something completely new and to cut it on the bias. There is no zipper in this dress, only the magic of angling the fabric on the bias for more stretch and ease. I used my Tashenka pattern for the design and some strategic angling to accommodate the print- voilà, my African Wax Print Dress!

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3 thoughts on “African Wax Print Dress

  1. My bf would LOVE this post….he refuses to be seen in public with me in kaftans, “moo-moos”, and fluffy dresses. I’m a thick, slightly overweight girl and don’t find form fitting outfits appealing on me like they do on you. Recently I had come across a dress with similar style to this one. I had to,unfortunately,shorten it too like you did. I loved the bottom part of the pattern. But short gals like you and me look better in shorter dresses. 😉 great job as always!

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