Tulip Ankara (African Print) Cape

Hey hey hey!!! Happy Monday lovely readers:)

I know some of you are like finally, a real post!!!! Yes? No? Maybe I’m hearing my guilty conscience. But I should not feel too bad though, I’ve been doing a lot, including working on the blog redesign which we have finally debuted. I hope you like it 🙂 If anything is broken or askew, send us a quick message please:)

Ok, back on track now. My super cape! I love this thing. I actually started it in December but travelled for Christmas and did not pick it back up until about two weeks ago. I managed to have it done in time to wear it in Houston for the Worship and Arts Explosion event. I got my nephew to take the photos and he did a great job. 20150131_GaAAnkaraCape_25

I’ve noticed that I don’t really care for drafting my own outerwear so I found a Burda pattern to use as a base for this cape. I’ve never used any of their patterns so I thought it would be a good time to try it out. The markings were good, directions adequate but not overflowing with information. I like the pattern but I will be modifying it.

I already knew I wanted to use ankara (African wax print) for this but because it’s a medium-weight cotton I needed to add structure. I chose a navy-blue cotton twill for an underlining and sewed all the pieces together as one. The coat is unlined and I like the contrast of the blue with the print – not matchy but a nice complement.

I almost cut this fabric upside down on purpose. When I bought it, they reminded me of a Japanese style drawing of girl with a bob. But then I realised I might be the only one seeing that 🙂

I finished all the seams with bias binding from the outer fabric. I also did regular machine buttonholes in gold thread instead of bound buttonholes because of time. I planned to change that later but I already stitched down the facing and it really wasn’t that deep. Future versions will likely be bound though.


I got the buttons from a local sewing store and I love them. The flecks of gold and hint of pink in the grain are so perfect for this coat.

After rocking it in Houston, I have a few people wanting their own – so I have some more sewing to do 🙂 It’s the perfect weight for cool California nights, and worn over a sweater it holds up for chillier temperatures.

How you like me now? 😉



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    Begum Sen

    February 10, 2015

    Wow, what a lovely cape with awesome fabric! I didn’t know Ankara meant African wax print. When you say Ankara, I thought u were talking about the city I live in (capital of Turkey) 🙂 Nice coincidence, lol!

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      Lady ID

      February 10, 2015

      Hi Begum, Thanks for the comment!!! I know what you mean – I thought it was very cool when I realised there was a city called Ankara. I tried to find out if there was a link but it seems like a chance occurrence. I still have Turkey on my “to-go” list

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    February 10, 2015

    Wow, your use of color and print is consistently impressive! I love the way the outer fabric and lining complement each other. Your sewing is always to such a high standard as well. Thanks for sharing your work, it’s inspiring!

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    February 10, 2015

    Super cute and I absolutely love your fun choice of fabric! Beautiful!

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    It's me

    February 11, 2015

    Hi! I love it so are you saying you will make one for me? (smile) I would love to have one.

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    February 11, 2015

    So cute!!

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    February 12, 2015

    This is so fun! I really like it!

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    Lori B

    February 13, 2015

    Wow! Great fabric, gorgeous cape, and you look absolutely beautiful in it. Well done!

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      Lady ID

      February 14, 2015

      Thanks Lori 🙂

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    Berry Dakara

    February 17, 2015

    GORG! Kindly add that to my list :p

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      Lady ID

      February 18, 2015

      Lol. Added.

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    May 30, 2015

    lovely, totally love it. wow, I must say, you really inspire me to go back to fashion school to “sharpen” my skills. what i love most about your work is the neatness! your finishings are so neat! i just pray i find time to fit that in what with work, crazy Lagos traffic and a small biz on the side. God dey sha.
    P.S- you should so organise an online sewing workshop.

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      Lady ID

      June 3, 2015

      Thanks!!! You know I’ve never thought about a workshop. Maybe when I learn more of the things on my list 🙂

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