Askaki Ultimate pencil skirt

African fabrics are very similar to Brazilian. They are bright, bold and made of natural materials. It’s a wonder that it took me that long to actually sew it. The curious thing about many african design prints is that what their names means.

Emily of the elephant fabric company contacted me to know If I would try some of her fabric. I been toying of with the idea to sew waxed cotton since I shared a flat in London with the queen of african print: Vicki. And the idea had grown stronger after inspecting Aj’s closet during our #Fearlessfriday group shoot.  It was just the little push I needed. I picked Askaki, an orange, yellow and navy diamond shape.Did I mention the meaning of Askaki is “beautiful”? Very fitting I would say.


The pattern: Sew Over it Ultimate pencil skirt. A high-waisted pencil with a vent at the back.

Size: Straight size 10, no alterations. Feels comfortable and wearable. So much fun to wear a classic design in such a bold print!

The pattern was so easy and straight forward to complete that I didn’t took me very long. I didn’t read/follow the instructions besides the clever vent tip.  Glad to learn something new!

I would say this project can also be categorised into my meat and potatoes+ fancy gravy: basic- not boring category, right?

* Disclaimer: Fabric and pattern were both gifted. All opinions remain my own.
  • A pop of color midwinter! Looks great, love the print and it works well with the simple lines of a pencil skirt.

  • That print is amazing! I’m off to go look at their other fabrics now…

  • Love that you’ve got this bold print in a really classic silhouette. Really cool!

  • puu

    vicki would love this! i’ve also acquired some wax prints since that weekend with vicki 🙂

  • Wow it’s like an amazing curry dish in a world of shepherd’s pies!

  • Love the skirt! I’ve been toying with the idea of sewing with some wax prints – finding them has been the issue. Thanks for the link

  • Such a great print for the skirt!

  • Okay, I am sold on this pattern. This is the second I’ve seen in only a couple of weeks that looks like it hits all the things that’s kept me away from pencil skirt patterns in the past (boxy and unflattering has always been my sad experience in the past…just the opposite of what it’s meant to be). I absolutely LOVE how bold and beautiful this skirt is on you!

  • It’s certainly beautiful!

  • Kat

    My sister visited our family in South africa las year and brought me home some beautiful fabrics. I just can’t decide what to do with them! Your skirt is stunning. I love the colours of your fabric.

  • Perfect splash of colour for cold grey days.

  • Fab! The Ultimate Skirt is next on my sewing-for-me list!

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