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How To: Make An Ankara Skirt And/Or Dress

Elle Varner ankara styles

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.



The NY Times is on a roll…and NOT in a good way


Last night Shonda Rhime’s newest show “How To Get Away With Murder” premiered on ABC with a whopping 14 million viewers. Those 14 million viewers made #HTGAWM the highest rated show of the Thursday lineup, surpassing “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy. The star of the show is SAG award winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis. Mrs. Davis did an excellent job playing Annalise Keating (the sassy and sexy attorney/college professor). Her performance was critiqued by a New York Times writer and in this piece Viola was described as “less classically beautiful than [Kerry] Washington”. This is the same paper that has been under fire after one of their writer’s referred to the show’s  producer, Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman”. Viola Davis addressed this writer’s comment on the daytime show “The View”  calling it an attempt to “erase” a person. If Viola’s performance continues to be as great as it was last night (which we are sure it will be) then The NY Times is going to have to come a lot harder than that if they want to make her invisible. Listen to Viola give a brilliant response to the paper by clicking the picture below.


“Being a dark-skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb,” said Davis. “And ‘classically not beautiful’ is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you”, a powerful statement from Mrs. Davis who brings the issue of the absence of dark girls in the media to light. Maybe if dark women were included in the videos, tv shows and magazines a new form of “classic beauty” would manifest. Then there goes the magic question “What/who determines beauty?”.  Women from all around the world had a lot to say about this topic and expressed themselves with the #LessClassicallyBeautiful.




Viola Davis arrives at the 18th Annual S




ABC Upfront 2014 Entertainment Weekly Party - Arrivals

Love yourself ladies! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder