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How To: Make An Ankara Skirt And/Or Dress

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Express your own style with a custom made skirt or dress

One thing about being a lover of African fashion is depending on what’s hot in RTW (ready to wear) it is very hard to find a clothing piece made of African fabric. We can not go to any store and easily pick up a gown made of Ankara or Kente cloth. So to a tailor and/or fashion designer we go, but this method can be very costly and sometimes the quality of the clothing isn’t what you expected. They say when you want something done right, you should do it yourself. Well Tribe Appeal has gathered some information from Fashioncadet.com and BritxBrat2Fashion to guide you into creating your own custom African fashion piece! Grab those materials and get to work!

Materials:

1) A piece of fabric of your choice

2) Your choice of skirt for pattern

3) A zipper

4) Sewing pins

5) Scissors

6) Chalk/pencil

7)Sewing machine or thread & needle

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Directions:


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  1. Place the fabric on a table or flat surface.
  2. Fold the fabric in half
  3. Place the skirt on top of the folded fabric to get the skirt pattern
  4. Mark the pattern using a piece of chalk or pencil
  5. Cut out the fabric according to the pattern and start sewing
  6. Pin the zipper to the back of the skirt (If you want the zipper to show, place it on the outside of the skirt)

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Now if you would like to make a dress, you may apply the same technique used above and also watch the video below.

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Style Heist: DIY Swarovski Jeweled Trenchcoat

add some pizzazz to that jacket sitting in your closet and create a new look

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Trenchcoats are great staple items during the Fall/Winter seasons. Now you can spice up your wardrobe with some Swarovski crystals and time. You want to use the best quality crystals due to the fact that trenchcoats are outerwear and will possibly endure harsh weather. Now grab the materials you will need and let your creative juices flow to create a your custom jacket.

 

Materials

  • a trench coat
  • Swarovski crystals
  • sew-on settings
  • toothpick
  • pliers
  • thread
  • needle
  • E6000

 

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Set the stones into the metal settings. Use a pair of pliers to close the prongs onto the crystals. Lay out the pattern to make sure it’s to your liking.

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Use masking or painter’s tape to mark where the crystals will be attached. Make sure the areas won’t be covered or placed in awkward areas – try the coat on to assess the placements

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Squeeze a dollop of E6000 onto a piece of cardboard. Use a toothpick to apply a tiny bit of glue around the metal setting. Be sure not to get the glue on the back of the crystal since you will eventually need to sew through the setting. The glue simply ensures that the crystals stay in place before you begin to sew.

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Use pliers and toothpicks to help adjust smaller pieces. Allow the glue to dry completely.

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Thread a needle with like-colored thread. Tie a double knot at the end and pull the needle up from the inside of the coat.

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Thread it from one hole in the setting to the opposing hole. Work in a criss cross pattern, sewing each crystal in place. This is definitely the most tedious part but just remind yourself it’s the final step!

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Add a few leftover crystals to the inside of the collar . . .

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Even add some to the back of the coat

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There you have it, a special jeweled trench coat created by you!

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Outfit of The Day: Menswear Featuring Moncler Edward Jacket & Acne Studios Adrian

Welcome the Fall weather with a fly outfit

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I created this ensemble with the Moncler Edward jacket being the main attraction. This jacket is perfect for the chilly weather that is approaching us. Whether someone is wearing this outfit on a production or just a random day out they will look great. The top is a snakeskin print Love Is Earth jersey from KarmaLoop.Com, sneakers are Acne Studios Adrian high tops, backpack is MCM and the denim and watch are Diesel. The grey, green and brown color scheme of this outfit is very different, but it is very pleasing to the eye.

 

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Outfit of the Day Featuring Balmain Embellished Leopard-Print Calf Hair and Leather Mini Skirt

Olivier Rousteing is a fashion genius!

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The above look is fun  and flirty with a cool balance. The balmain leopard print calf hair mini skirt is the focal point of this outfit, but paired with a bold orange top makes this ensemble and awesome one. I picked olive green as a contrast to bring the bright orange and leopard print into harmony. Marc Jacobs sunglasses top the look off along with the Burberry purse and JustFab.com heels.

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Balmain’s Pre-Fall 2014 collection features an embellished leopard print calf hair leather mini skirt that i fell in love with a while ago. The skirt retails for a whopping $10,800. Nicki Minaj can be seen rocking this beautiful piece in her sexy video for her hit single “Anaconda”. Mel B and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can be seen rocking this vogue skirt below.

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Balmain Paris has been causing quite a stir in the fashion industry with the strong support of many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell and Nicki Minaj. Balmain’s young creative director, Olivier Rousteing might have a lot to do with Balmain’s growing popularity.

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Style Heist: Steal Lupita Nyong’o’s Look!

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The world’s most beautiful woman, Lupita Nyong’o stunned beach goers in her white bikini. The Kenyan actress paired the look with a large brimmed beach hat and white waist beads.

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