Sunday, January 15, 2017

DIY Blouse using Ankara and Lace Fabrics [McCall's 6962 Pattern Hack]

Hey have you heard about Ankara and Lace's Fabric subscription? If you’re like me you probably buy fabric all the time. Wouldn’t it be a nice surprise to get a package delivered to you each month? Not only that but you get a mystery Ankara print! The steps are super easy. 1. You pick your subscription 2. Take your style quiz 3. Your profile is made and fabric will be shipped! Yes, it's that simple.
What is Ankara and Lace?

Ankara and Lace sends a unique and beautiful selection of African fabrics. Depending on your subscription you can get 3, 6, 12 or 18 yards of beautiful African fabric chosen and delivered to your doorstep every month or every 3 months! (All fabric chosen is based on color and pattern entries from the style quiz. You will get the link to the style quiz after subscribing) The yardage starts out at 3 yards and goes up to 18 yards. Pricing starting at $21.99.

With subscriptions of 6 yards and over, every 6 yards is a different pattern of fabric. Whether you are decorating your home or designing stunning fashion, our African print fabric, Ankara or Kente cloth will give you the inspiration you need. Still not sure you want to subscribe? Maybe you want to see what they're working with? You can order fabric swatches, yes swatches! This way you can see exactly what they're working with.

I took the Style quiz and weeded out the fabrics that I didn't like and my profile was made. I was pleasantly surprised when I received this bold purple and orange print. They sent me three yards and I just had to nail down exactly what I wanted to make with this print.  Oh yeah did you peep this packaging? I am all about details and when I received this tube of fabric I was definitely impressed. How cool is this packaging?
I decided on McCall's 6962 yoke neck Bubble Blouse, that's what I'm calling it anyway.  [I made view D] This is a summer pattern that I had to hack in order to make it wearable for the fall/winter. I also wanted to let people know that Ankara can be worn in colder weather. I added a cowl neck and sleeve bottoms.
I wanted to add a little interest to the textile by wrapping cotton rope  with the fabric and sewing it together to make the front yoke. I like this application but this fabric is super busy so it doesn't do the technique justice. I will try it on a sold fabric next time around.

Shout out to the snow that started falling as we left to take our photographs! Mori was a champ and yes those are flakes in the photographs and yes my baby was cold but she worked it out. This last shot is her running to the car, the struggle was real out there today.

I'd like you to take a second to visit the Ankara and Lace and consider a subscription, you don't have to leave the comfort of your own home to get fabulous Ankara prints. The best part of this whole adventure is that you will have a special treat each month! 

[This is a sponsored post but as always I tell like it is!]
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  1. Very cute! I'm going to try this pattern! I really like your addition of the cowl neck. I want to touch the roped yoke!lol, it looks beautiful!

  2. The top is very cute and I think you can see the work you did with the rope front yoke very clearly. Another amazing garment!

  3. I love the fabric from Ghana! It really works well with your pattern choice! Beautiful job as always...😊

  4. Great job with this Michelle! I actually thought she was wearing a cowl neck sweater under the top. Why in the world would I think that? Of course that's too darn simple for you. Of course you added the cowl and sleeves. Genius! You're just a darn genius! I LOVE what you do! Amazing!

  5. I am glad that I happened upon this page. This is very beautiful. I am one year and two months into sewing, I have a lot of Ankara Fabric, just not sure what commercial patterns can be particular skirts.....any suggestions?? Thank you so very much!!

    1. Hey Lynette!
      I'm glad you happened upon my page too! You can use your Ankara with any pattern, the only thing is that depending on how sturdy your fabric is you may have to add lining. But don't limit yourself use it for any pattern that requires woven fabric. Butterick B6060 is a great skirt pattern.


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