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DIY Ankara Shift Dress

DIY Ankara Shift Dress

Hola Chicas,

I’ve wrapped up my Summer sewing projects, wishing I finished this project weeks ago so I could’ve worn this bad boy on my vacation!!! 😠 If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post of a look I found on Pinterest, several weeks ago.  I recently had some time to finish up some UFO’s that had been taking up massive amounts of space in my sewing room and this dress was the first in my list to finish.

DIY Ankara Shift Dress

A bit about the dress…  To create the dress,  I used my favorite hack-able pattern, Vogue Pattern V8840.  Similar HERE & HERE, I added 7-8 in to the length and ended with a 3 in hem, which I actually ended up loving!  I created a v-neck & added a facing to clean up the neckline.  I cut the back bodice away from the FOLD, creating a center back seam.

DIY Ankara Shift Dress

With only 5 main seam lines, this dress is extremely easy to complete!

My fabric choice was THIS ANKARA PRINT, which I’ve used similar fabric HERE & HERE.

DIY Ankara Shift Dress

If you’ve never worked with African Wax Print, you should know this isn’t your average knit, fashion fabric.  It’s definitely fashionable, but as we all know, fashion doesn’t always mean comfortable.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like wearing sand paper, but this fabric isn’t fluid.

Again, it’s not a fashion fabric.

DIY Ankara Shift Dress

DIY Ankara Shift Dress

I’ve definitely had an infatuation with shift dresses this year and I’m happy that I finally finished this one and added it to my collection!

Now it’s time to start sewing for Fall… I’ve got a few patterns I’m wanting to make in the near future.

What’s on your sewing table?

Until next time….



  1. October 12, 2016 / 11:18 AM

    Wow, I have that same fabric. Love seeing traditional styles made from Ankara.

    • afashionaddict
      October 12, 2016 / 11:36 AM

      Thank you, Robbie!

  2. October 12, 2016 / 12:53 PM

    yyyyaassss hunty! All the way YES! Great fabric selection!

    • afashionaddict
      October 12, 2016 / 1:16 PM

      Thanks, Sis!!!

    • afashionaddict
      November 9, 2016 / 4:52 PM

      Thank you!!

  3. Desi
    May 4, 2017 / 2:41 AM

    I love the dress, the pattern seems easy enough. Just to clarify in your statement that ankara isn’t fashion fabric… maybe here is the state’s. If you Google ankara you’ll find it is a main fashion fabricin other parts of that world. Yes, it’s not jersy, ity or knit… what it is is fabulous 100% Cotton sometimes with viscose to make our more delicious. To work with it, you need to wash it first like all Cotton to get the most out of it. I personally find it easier and more forgivable to sew with compared to knit.

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