DIY

Two of A Kind

Hi lovely friends! Choose to call it Ankara fabric, wax print cotton fabric or African print fabric, one thing is true, it is the reason for this passion! My passion for sewing started with needing to make my own designs with this kind of fabric.

Today I present my first fully made “couple” of dresses from this lovely wax print I got from Cameroon. The basic Kaba, is a very loose fitting dress with lots of gathers and a staple in Cameroon. When I saw this McCalls 6987 pattern I knew it would be perfect for that kind of dress with a fun twist, the high-low hemline. To be honest I had tried making this dress out of a test fabric and was sure it would work. I cut out all the pattern pieces from the wax print fabric which promptly intimidated me so I held on the cut dress for over a month before steeling myself and trying to piece it together. I am so happy I did and love the way it turned out. The dress is not exactly a Kaba, but is close enough. I will definitely make it again and maybe add a little volume to get a more flared look without making it too voluminous. Of course adding pockets was a no-brainer, there should be a law…lol

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I can see this dress going with me to church, work, parties, you name it. Styled right it would work in a wide variety of occasions.

The second dress, if you can even call it that, is made from fabric I had left over from making the first dress. I might eventually pull it apart and remake it but for now, it is comfy and works for what it is. I basically sewed the ends of a rectangular stip together, created elastic gathers on one end and hemmed the other end. Et voila, we have a dress in 20 minutes. Whew, I love it though. It was a little chilly so I styled it with this cute crop leather jacket. I love the stitching detail on it and it worked great with this dress. I stuck to my nude wedges and my fringe purse happens to work great with this look too. So many possibilities. 11129108

Lol the wind got me here. Who would have thought a leather jacket, a fringe purse and wax print fabric worked together? I love how fashion evolves and how style is timeless. Hope you enjoyed the looks today, until next time.

Peace Love ♥ and Kisses.

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