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A 50’s party dress with African wax print

June 29, 2012

This dress has been percolating for a while, ever since I admired this project on Burdastyle. I love 50’s dresses but making one with such an unexpected print felt much more modern and wearable for me.I used a mix of two rather psychedelic African wax prints. Both have a fuchsia batik background but with large silkscreened acorns and eyes superimposed on top. Trippy AND awesome.

I used Butterick 5748, a reproduction pattern from the 50’s. It was super easy to make. I lined it with cotton voile and poly organza to make a nice full skirt that wouldn’t need a crinolone (as per Gertie’s suggestion). You can find more photos and info at my blog here.



























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  1. Love this! Where did you get the wax print fabric, if I may ask? I really love African wax prints, but I don’t know where to get them in the US/online.

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