9/3/15

Ankara Dress

Since last year I've been inspired by all the Ankara print garments being rocked by so many and last year while on a sewing excursion with friends, purchased a few prints.

Honestly, as I stood before the fabrics, I was at a lost as to what I really wanted, there were an abundance of prints, which were dazzling me with their multitude of rich colors.  Finally after some back and forth, I purchased a few prints.  Once, I got home, I couldn't think of what I wanted and just stored them away.

Fast forward and the inspiration & presence is still as strong as last year.  With that I finally trekked down to the fabric room and pulled out this vibrant print of cranberry red/yellow/mustard yellow/ n. blue & creme fabric.



As I trekked to the fabric room, I knew immediately what I was going to make with it and just needed to pre-treat the fabric.  The fabric was waxy & stiff, but once I washed and dried it, it was so much softer and the vibrant colors stayed true.



 After ironing, I immediately went to cutting the fabric using modified McCalls 7121 ... yes agaaaain.... lol  Did my usual calisthenics of basting the whole dress together to check fit.  The try-on resulted in the dress only needing bust darts.  From there on, I did a lil play with adding a contrasting midriff piece, but the end result was not what I liked.  So unbasting ensued and added pockets from New Look 6351.  Construction was easy, since it is my fifth dress from this pattern or is it my sixth?




Fully lined the dress with tricot, machined stitched the lining to the dress, flipped to the inside, secured lining from bowing to the outside with a final stitch.

Tried it on again to check hemming and if the sky isn't blue the front neckline was gapping... what the &?#$& !!!  With the dress one step away from being completed, I was not... repeat not ripping a &?#$& thing out.  If one looks very closely, there is a center dart right at the center neckline.. it worked like a charm.




Tried it on again and all was right with the world, and machine hemmed the lining and finished the fashion fabric hemline with my ride&die adhesive...Heatn'Bond.





When I said the Ankara print inspiration & presence is still strong... before I could make it to work... this dress was complimented on several times ... Wow... 




I even received a quick lesson on the difference between Aso Oke fabric, which is reserved for special occasions and Ankara fabric widely used for everyday wear.  I tell ya'... I learn something new everyday.


Until then, 
Have A Great Day!

22 comments:

Audrey said...

I love these types of prints, but can never envision them used for a garment, I would wear. Your dress looks great on you. The simple dress style you chose really highlights the wonderful print.

Sheila said...

Thank you Audrey !

SD Cunni Designs said...

Beautiful Ankara print and dress. I am so in love with Ankara prints. Trying to figure out a way to mix them with my fall garments.

Rhonda Buss said...

I love these prints and your choice of a shift works beautifully with the fabric.

Dr. Fun (AKA Sister) said...

Hadn't heard of these, but it's gorgeous on you, and even coordinates with your glasses! Beautiful dress!

alethia said...

Another fabulous dress!

Alethia said...

Beautifully done! Sounds like me thinking of creative ways to NOT use my seam ripper, LOL!!
I love the simplistic choice you made for this fabric, yet it's true to you-classy and elegant! I like the fact that you can dress this up for the work place and wear it casually...great!Thanks for sharing!

Carolyn (Diary of a Sewing Fanatic) said...

Beautiful dress out of beautiful fabric!

Andrea said...

Looks great!! I have some Ankara fabric, I was thinking of leaving stiff...I like the feel. Mine is red and yellow, with a very bold print. I am not sure what to make of it...yours is really nice.

Sheila said...

Thank you SD Cunni ! You could definitely mix them in your Fall warobe. Sheath dresses paired w/ a cardigan or blazer, even a denim jacket. A skirt paired w/ a fitted pullover sweater. Even a vest or blazer over a solid colored dress, or long sleeve tee with pants or skirt. The possibilities are there.

Sheila said...

Thank you Rhonda !

Sheila said...

Thank you Sister !

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia !

Sheila said...

Thank you Alethia ! My modus operandi is when ripping ain't easy... dart it.

Sheila said...

Thank you Carolyn !

Sheila said...

Thank you Andrea ! What about a pleated fit & flare dress or pleated skirt w/ a wide waistband? The stiffness would have those pleats on fleet...lol

L said...

Thanks for the tip on the difference in fabrics. Your dress is great!

Sheila said...

Thank you L.

Frenie Agbayani said...

These sewing patterns designs are fantastic. Love the simple twist and the colors are perfect!

Aminat said...

Hi Sheila,
Beautiful outfit, love your dress. I have some Ankara fabric in my stash with plans fall. Thanks for sharing

Sheila said...

Thank you Frenie.

Sheila said...

Hi Aminat and hoping all is well. Thank you.