DIY Ruffle Blouse feat. Ankara and Lace Fabric + Simplicity 8636

Pattern: Simplicity 8636 // Fabric: Ijaewele from Ankara and Lace (sold out) (similar here)

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Can I just say that I have missed blogging looks! I spend 99.999% of my sewing time designing and testing patterns for Style Sew Me Patterns behind the scenes that I have an unimaginable backlog of pieces that I want to make from other designers.

If you’ve been around for a while, you know I have a love-hate relationship with prints. I love the idea of prints, and have seen them styled beautifully on almost every other woman on the planet. But they’re just not….me.

But, when Ankara and Lace reached out, this cotton ankara stuck out to me immediately. I almost instantly knew that I’d want to make Simplicity 8636 with it. That pattern has been on my “I’m dying to sew this and soon as I can, it’s happening” list forever. Be warned, it’s hella gathering involved.

I initially thought to make the dress version, but at the last minute, I decided to do the top. I thought it’d be super cute with white jeans or with denim shorts and sandals for the summer.

This ankara fabric is super easy to cut and sew with. This particular fabric has a matte finish, not the waxed ankara fabric. Cutting and sewing with it was an absolute breeze.

I’ve used Ankara and Lace ankara fabrics before here and here. They’re an authentic african fabrics store with a variety of selection. The fabrics go quickly, so if you see something and want it, grab it! Case in point: this fabric that I used is already sold out. I’ve linked to similar.

To this day, those fabrics have maintained their color beautifully. I was actually surprised because I expected a lot of color bleeding, but it never came. The only difference is that the fabrics softened a bit, which is to be expected with cotton.

As far as the pattern goes, it was a very easy make. It just has a lot of gathering. The instructions and illustrations were clear and I definitely see me making the dress version sometime this summer. There is supposed to be more gathering at the neckline, but I didn’t want a lot of bunching around my neck from the elastic. So, I cut my elastic a bit longer than the guide called for.

I’ve got a spring pattern coming in the next couple of weeks that would look amazing in a bold print like this, so take a look at what Ankara and Lace has available!

*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and are complete.*

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