African Wax Print Pussy Bow Dress!

Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-1Happy New Year! With a new year comes new things. And African Wax Prints are new to me. My Instagram feed is constantly filled with all sorts of African Wax Prints and Ankara Prints in the accounts I follow. I love looking at them. I’d never had a desire to try them out because I find a lot of the prints to be overwhelming since I’m not the biggest lover of big, bold and colorful prints. But when I saw the Black and Red Geometric African Wax Print from Mood Fabrics.com, I knew that was the one that would make me want to experiment.Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-3When I received my fabric, it felt pretty stiff. I wasn’t sure if it would work for the design that I had in mind. But with research, I discovered that the fabric softens with washing. And as I was pressing the folds out of mine, I noticed that the steam was also softening the fabric.IMG_0755While using a print like this, I didn’t want to look like I was wearing an ethnic costume. I wanted to keep my look contemporary. I decided to use Simplicity 8214. I love the style because I’m a fan of modernized 70s fashion. I felt this print and this design would be a good marriage. Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-9I cut the size 14. I lengthened the bodice by an inch and the skirt by 3 inches. No other modifications and alterations were necessary. This fabric sews just like any other fabric with a crisp hand, such as a dupioni or a shantung.Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-4For interfacing, I used a medium weight. The necktie is made onto the blouse which is a really cute detail.Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-6I added the cuffs to my sleeves and turned them up. I really like the way they look.Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-10Pockets on a dress is always a winning detail. I rarely put anything in them other than my hands. But I love knowing they’re there.Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-8I love the additional length I added to create a midi length hemline. It’s just perfect for wearing with over-the-knee boots.Simplicity 8124 - African Wax Print Dress - Erica Bunker DIY Style-5Surprisingly, I really enjoyed working with this African fabric. It wears well and it didn’t wrinkle like I assumed it would. So in the future, I definitely won’t rule out this kind of fabric and I’ll be on the look out for more prints that work for my taste.

 

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Comments


  • coco
    January 4, 2017

    Beautiful! and I love how you’ve styled it. Great use of the print and fabric.

  • Peter
    January 4, 2017

    I just love this, Erica. As a fan of African prints, I enjoy seeing how people use them. Your photographs of this outfit are also amazing!!

    • Erica Bunker
      January 4, 2017

      Thanks Peter! I took it for a spin at The Birmingham Museum of Art!

  • Karen
    January 4, 2017

    Quite chic, Erica, and well styled as usual. I’m surprised that the fabric doesn’t wrinkle.

  • Fiona
    January 14, 2017

    Now this is definitely a type of wax print I can get on board with! The combination of only two colours definitely makes it more modern and wearable! You’ve chosen a great pattern for it. I’m amazed by the amount of drape in the skirt as I always envisioned them to be much stiffer. Lovely

  • Cennetta
    January 25, 2017

    Great looking dress, Erica! It’s bold and sophisticated all at the same time.