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Ankara + Lace Dress

Added Jan 8, 2014

by Temitayo Olu...

Abuja, Nigeria




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A gown I made for my sister

Material Notes

Lightweight Cotton Lace and Ankara ( a local fabric)




Garment Type

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    Jan 9, 2014, 10.17 AMby martinK

    realy nice dress, I like the combination of traditional fabric patterns and modern fit of the garment!!!

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    Jan 8, 2014, 03.54 PMby Mary Athey

    This is lovely and what a great combination of colours x

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    Jan 8, 2014, 02.32 PMby sewneenee

    Lovely dress, I really like your fabric combination and added details!

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    Jan 8, 2014, 02.06 PMby Temitayo Olufunmi

    Hi. I didn’t create this gown with any Burdastyle pattern or project in mind. However, you’ll find it’s a common enough design. The top is a bustier-top with shoulder and the bottom is a semi-circle skirt. The uniqueness may not be in the structure but in the combination of fabrics. In my country, Ankara is a common fabric, in short, most African countries, so you could say it’s an indigenous thing. But recently, the fabric (Ankara) has been combined with other ones like silk, lace, chiffon, denim etc to produce elegant dresses, jackets and tops that can be worn as office wears, dinner/ evening gowns etc. I decided to try and make one and see. I drafted the pattern from scratch. I used two types of ankara one is for the band on the lower waist and also used as frills at the edge of the circle and another type for the skirt and piping at the edge of the sleeve.

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