the 50s meet Africa

I used a beautifull heavy cotton fabric brought from Africa last summer by a friend.
It was easy to sew and didn’t need any lining.
I used butterick b5032 retro pattern but chenged the skirt into a simple gathered one. I also lowered the neck line a bit.
have been wearing it almost every day since I made it last week.

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  • I love, love this dress! You did such a beautiful job of creating new patterns with your pattern matching in the gathers. You like like you could be enjoying a gin and tonic at some expatriate club in 60’s Africa.

  • An interesting (and attractive!) effect with all those vertical lines in the pattern….

  • I love it!!

  • I AM WORKING ON THE SAME THING!! I got a beautiful African wax print I sewed up using a vintage Butterick pattern – I lined the skirt with poly organza (Gertie recently suggested this for extra poofiness). I am just in the process of finishing it and posting it. From what I can tell, this looks awesome! But your photos are a little small so I can’t see the details :(

  • Hey, I’m working on wax myself, for me and my girl, on the very same kind of pattern! Funny!
    Your dress comfort me in my choice, the fabric looks ideal for such a pattern!
    Beautiful work!

  • I would never think of pairing this fabric with this dress but it looks great! Glad to have you onboard :D

  • thank you!
    next time I’ll try to post better pictures :)


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