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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!


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




  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)


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


Great DIY Valentine’s Gift Ideas!

Gifts from the heart matter the most!

So there is just one more day until the big Valentine’s day holiday! Now many people say the holiday is totally for women, but there is no reason to leave your better half out. Your lover will appreciate a gift from your heart and what better gifts are from the heart than a do-it-yourself.In this video, there are 5 really amazing ideas that are easy to make, affordable and get the message across to your sweetheart.

Christmas Nail Art: Santa & Rudoplph Nails

Get in the holiday spirit with some festive DIY nail art

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Now that the holidays are literally right around the corner you can definitely begin expressing your joy for the season. Some may showcase their spirit through their clothing and hair, but others who want to show off a holiday manicure are out there too. In this tutorial nail guru “The crafty ninja” brings us an easy DIY Santa and Rudolph manicure. All you need are the correct nail polish colors and a nail art dotter (If you do not own one of these tools the end of a bobby pin will work just fine 🙂 ) Check out this beautiful nail artwork and try it on yourself for the season!

DIY Ankara Rope Necklace

Make multiple ropes for a chic and unique look


A new trend in fashion is the ankara (african fabric) rope necklace. Ankara is a traditional fabric that is used in many different fashion accessories, but it really stands out when accenting an outfit as a necklace.

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Love the looks above, well gather your materials and watch the following video to create your own masterpiece.


1/2 Nylon rope

Cardboard template ( 50 m by 6.5 cm)

Loop turner

E-6000 Adhesive


Crimp ribbon ends

Jump rings

Lobster clasp

1/2″ Copper tubing


Rotary Cutter

Sewing machine (Can be handheld)

Now watch the instructions below


There you have it, how to make a beautiful ankara rope necklace. The video teaches you how to make a simple necklace and with your creative design you may design many other beautiful creations.

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25 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is coming around the corner 

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With Halloween  so near there are so many ladies with absolutely no idea what to wear to that costume party. Divas out there have a budget and also want to look fabulous, so Tribe Appeal comes to the rescue with do it yourself costumes that wont  take a lot of time or have you breaking the bank.

1) The easiest costumes are made with headbands. You may find bunny ears, cats, mouse, witch hats etc applied on headbands. All you need to do is put the headband on and boom there goes your costume.

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2) a maxi skirt, bra-let, colorful makeup  and under the sea inspired gold jewelry can create an easy DIY mermaid costume.





3)Lover of Audrey Hepburn?, well grab your little black dress, long black gloves and other accessories to create this Breakfast At Tiffany’s look.

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4) Helga from Hey Arnold is a super easy and fun costume, grab a blonde wig, eyeline, a white tee, pink  dress and hair bow and create a Arnold necklace with a printable picture and string and there you have it costume complete.


5) Black Swan Costume only requires a black tank and tutu or dress, ribbon and a great hand with makeup.

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6) The Lashed beauty bar owner Blac Chyna has been making headlines as of recent. Dress up as her with a blonde wig with bangs, formfitting outfit, a big rock on your finger, long eyelashes,  stick back rhinestones (for the dimple piercings, and some cushions or cotton balls to recreate her insane body.



6) Become an instagram selfie with a posterboard, print offs, glue, scissors and box cutter.




7) Fashionistas can create a costume with a spare fashion label bad and a magazine (Harper’s Bazaaar and Vogue are best.


8) Candy Crush Saga is a big craze in or day and time and you can become it . Check out the tutorial below


9) Become a greek god or goddess with a simple flat white bedsheet and accessories to give it some flavor.




10) Sexy burgular only requires a black hat, mask and a money bag



11) Katy Perry costumes requires a blue wig, 2 cone party hats, cotton balls and 2 red felt balls along with glitter sprinkles and blue shorts


12) Miley Cyrus costume



13) Pixel Naked lady costume requires posterdoard, cut out colored squares and velcro




14) Playboy bunny costume only requires a set of bunny ears, cotton ball tail and a black one piece


15) Bring out your inner Tyra Banks and become a Victoria’s Secret Angel with your best lingerie, victorias secret bag and angel wings.


16) Gumball machine costume only requires assorted color felt balls and fabric glue. grab red bottoms to complete the look.


17) Candy corn queen costume may be created by just glueing candy corn to your  chosen outfit and pairing it with a tutu.


18) Country western girl with a plaid shirt, denim shorts and a cowboy hat YEE-HAW!


19) Jack Daniel’s girls with a Jack Daniel’s box and attached straps.


20) Poison Ivy costume with green plant garland and green paint


21) Ying and Yang Costume with cutouts and craft store jewels


22) Minnie Mouse Costume created with minnie mouse ears, white felt and a hair bow.

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23) Party animals costume can be created with your stylish outfit and face paint in animal prints


24) Become a paper doll with a quick stop to Kinkos/ Fed Ex, a posterboard, glue, scissors and velcro


25) Become Princess Leia with the purchase of two hair buns and a chic white dress.

Style Heist: DIY Swarovski Jeweled Trenchcoat

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



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.



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



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.


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


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.


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 . . .



Even add some to the back of the coat


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