Vogue 1232 – Not Your Typical African Wax Print Skirt

This was a fun project.  I enjoyed researching possible skirt styles and the sewing process.  For months I’ve thought about making something with a African wax print fabric.  So when I received the e-mail  about the January challenge, it was a welcomed surprise.  Perfect in that it would help me to decide on a print waxed cloth garment.

My print, of course, was this beautiful orange, green, and blue clothe with a diamond motif.  The fabric was so easy to work with. It presses with the slightest of ease.  I actually finger pressed the hem as I sewed it with no trouble at all.  The clothe is smooth to the touch and has a lot of body.  Perfect for the drape of the skirt.  There are several beautiful prints and colors to choose from.

I follow a few people on Instagram, who post pictures of all types of garments.  Then one day, I saw a picture of Queen “B” in a printed skirt and a striped cold shoulder top.

I liked it a lot and thought it’s not your typical skirt.  Of course, I had to bring the sexy down a bit.  But it’s definitely a winner.  So I searched through the many boxes of patterns I own and decided to use the skirt of Vogue 1232.

The pattern is described as:  Close-fitting, lower calf at center back length, lined dress has front darts, front and back princess seams, lapped fronts, shaped lower edge, gathered flounce, armhole overlay, collar with collar band, left side invisible zipper, self-fabric flower with large and small petals and pin back, self-fabric belt and thread belt carriers.  It’s out of print, but still available on the website.  For my skirt, I used a straight size 16.  No real fit issues.

 Most of the pattern pieces are from shoulder to lower hip area.  So I cut it at the lengthen and shorten line just above the natural waistline.  I chose this location to give me a little more flexibility in determine where I’d like to where the skirt on or above my natural waistline.  The front overlapping panels are about an inch shorter than the other panels.

The majority of my other changes were centered the construction of the skirt.  I decided to omit the zipper converting it into a wrap skirt closing at the side front.

NOTE: There is an error on the pattern guide sheet.  The illustration has the joining of skirt 17 and 18 in reverse.  I sewed french seams on the skirt for a clean finish on the inside.  After sewing the entire skirt together, I attached the lining where the flounce and yoke are sewn to conceal the seam.  Then I based the lining and the skirt together at the top of the skirt.  Instead of a facing or waistband, I attached petersham ribbon to finish the waist.  To finish it off, I sewed a hook, eye, buttonhole, and button for the closures.

I really like how the skirt turned out.  It is a unique style for an African wax print skirt. I don’t know if I will make another skirt.  We will see. ;-)

My likes about the pattern:  the flounce and the fitted yoke.  No dislike, other than the confusing illustration for the skirt construction.

In conclusion, I really enjoyed the process of making this skirt.  I’m thinking about making the dress.  I like the style of the dress.  It would look great in a linen or challis.

Happy Sewing!

C



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Comments


  • Sarah Gunn
    January 26, 2017

    Great job of modifying this pattern into a terrific skirt! Glad you didn’t bring the sexy down too much :) I agree in that this fabric is a pleasure to work with!

    • Cennetta
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you, Sarah.

  • Amanda S.
    January 26, 2017

    This is great! It definitely has the flavor of other African wax print garments with that big ruffle, but should fit into a regular wardrobe seamlessly. Great job!

    • Cennetta
      January 26, 2017

      Thanks, Amanda.

  • Connie Turner
    January 26, 2017

    Your skirt is great looking, Queen B better look out.

    • Cennetta
      January 26, 2017

      Thank you, Connie.

  • sallie
    January 27, 2017

    This turned out fantastic, Cennetta! Such a unique skirt! I love the fabric you chose as well! And the way you’ve styled it with a smart white shirt and matching head scarf is so fun yet polished!

  • Cennetta
    January 27, 2017

    Thanks, Sallie

  • Peter
    January 30, 2017

    This is so beautiful, Cennetta — it looks terrific as a flouncy wrap skirt. I love watching how people are using these fabrics!

    • Cennetta
      February 7, 2017

      Thanks, Peter.

  • Fiona
    February 7, 2017

    This skirt is a real celebration of sewing! Love the whole outfit with matching headband and where your inspiration came from! I always think of wax prints being quite stiff so its amazing to see how well it drapes for the ruffles

    • Cennetta
      February 7, 2017

      Thanks, Fiona. This was a fun project and I’m gold it turned out as well as it did.