The idea for this dress started after I visited MOSI – Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, where you can find out about the manufacture of African Wax Prints. I also managed to find some wax fabric in Manchester itself in Abakhan Fabrics, located in the Northern Quarter.
The colours of wax fabric are vivid and bold and I used just a small quantity of it as an accent to my dress - I wanted it to be something I could wear in a British summer. I also wanted a dress that had some kind of African design element to it and so I chose this pattern with a neckline that reminded me of African beaded collars. The fabric carries through to the tab details on the waistline.
For the main body of the dress, I managed to find fabric in a similar colourway in the haberdashery department of John Lewis. It also has printed motifs on a smaller scale to those in the wax fabric and the two together are harmonious.
The dress went together quite easily and I achieved a flat collar with some stiff interfacing. I love the shape of the dress on me and is a lot more flattering in real life than in the photo.
I have lots of the wax fabric left and I think I’ll make a bag to match the outfit …