When it comes to fabric, I’m typically drawn to solids. Nothing too complicated! just a great quality fabric that will stand the test of time.
But a while ago my SO who happens to be African gave me a bag filled with fabric. The most beautiful prints and color all in one bag. I’m still trying to decide what I plan to make with the others, but this dress was one I thought would be perfect.
If you’ve never worked with Ankara, it’s a crisp thin fabric with a wax-like coating that sews, cuts and irons like a dream. The only downside for me is zero stretch. So when I see these elaborate tight fitting Ankara dresses, I’m really in awe. How the hell are they walking is the first thing that comes to mind.
This dress was made using vintage Mcalls 8755 withe the following pattern alterations.
-Added a puffy sleeve
-A 3 1/2″ band at the hem of the dress