An Ankara Ensemble


By now you know a few of us here at the Mood Sewing Network used the month of January to dive into a “challenge” fabric. Some know it as Ankara, some as African Wax, some as Dutch Wax. I know it as YES PLEASE.


I LOVE wax print. Love it, love it, love it. Did I mention I love it?


This is an Osikani print, which is printed with metallic gold foil overlay. Although I always pre-wash my Ankara to soften it up, this time I decided to leave the wax in and use the stiff quality to play with shape and pleats.


Will my resolve to dry-clean-only hold? Time will tell. Upside is, if I throw it in the wash, I’ll simply come away with a softer ensemble!


The top is a Simplicity hack (I’ll have to check my notes on that pattern number for you–but it’ll be up on my blog in the next few days)…


And the skirt is By Hand London’s Charlotte, fully lined in stretch silk to give the cotton a little softness, with a back vent added. Of course, said vent is completely hidden by the hi-lo top. However, I plan on wearing these items as separates as well, so it’ll make an appearance IRL.


WOULD LOOKIT THAT. I tricked myself into making separates!

You want an enjoyable distraction? Grab a directional wax print, pair it with a simple pattern, and spend some hours deciding which way those birds will fly! (Pro tip: if it’s cold outside, and you’re insane like me, continue playing in Amateur Photoshop Hour.)



  • Sarah webb
    January 27, 2017

    Oh this is fabulous Marcy! I love the bird print and made a top for my friend in it with fabric we bought in Benin. I agree that using the wax to emphasise the design works really well.

  • Manju
    January 27, 2017

    Marcy you are looking magnificent!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    January 27, 2017

    Oh, I love it and you inspire me!

  • Ghainsom Kom
    January 27, 2017

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  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 28, 2017

    Marcy this is absolutely stunning – what a fun project! Making all those teeny tiny pleats with this beautiful wax cotton must have been just too much fun! I just love the shape of this dress and how it highlights the fabric. Such a perfect marriage of design and fabric it’s truly a work of art.

  • Loree
    January 28, 2017

    That’s just the prettiest outfit I’ve seen in awhile and you wear it well!

  • Sharon
    January 28, 2017

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

  • Marina Villalobos
    January 29, 2017

    A work of art! and you look totally and completely adorable to boot!

  • Peter
    January 30, 2017

    Gorgeous, unique, and utterly Oona/Marcy — hope I get a chance to see one — or both — of these pieces IRL!

  • Sallieoh
    January 30, 2017

    I love you. And this.

  • Fiona
    February 7, 2017

    This is truly outstanding Marcy! Its one of those projects which looks like you’ve turned the fabric into what it was always destined to be! Love every little detail about it and the photos are ace

  • Els van van Alfen-Koome
    February 21, 2017

    Beautiful fabric. You have chosen the right pattern for this great `”ensamble”. You made it for yourself and it suits you so well.