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.
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.)