DIY Purple Africana


Hello fellow followers. The outfit of the day features a flowing v-neck dress in purple Poplin cotton accented with multi-color Ankara print. We found this purple fabric at Hancock Fabrics shop, of course, on sale. The Ankara African print were located and purchased at The Afrocentric Network, a store located in West End Atlanta. This store features many different colorful fabric prints as well as other health, body products and clothing. It is one of my favorite plaaces to visit when I have time.


I used Simplicity 1105 Commercial pattern, view B but made alterations to the neckline. I wanted a v-neck instead of a crewneck. I placed the tie in the front of the dress because the front needed a bit more color. I also cut a size 14 for the pattern. The model did an amazing job showcasing this item with her long flowing hair.

The outfit is accented with handmade bracelets made of paper and glossed as well as earrings that were made by What’s She Creating? She wore brown wedges and looks fabulous.

This pattern was not too difficult for a beginner sewer and easy for the intermediate seamstress. The only time consuming part could include the neckline and armhole binding, which are not my favorite processes on any garment. I probably will not make this particular dress again but I like the way it turned out so I will rock it.

Until next time . . . . create your style!

Nec Harmon