Dashiki prints have been a part of African culture for hundreds of years, originated from west African. The Dashiki prints are used to make number of garments for daily and special occasions. In recent years, Dashiki garments have tremendously grown in popularity. Many celebrities can be seen sporting these stylish dashiki shirts/dresses. What's the attraction you might wonder?! Well, each print is highly detailed and printed on a breathable cotton ground with beautifully vibrant colors. You can wear this with almost anything! Lively summer dresses, or a cultural top paired with your favorite summer jeans, the possibilities are endless. This tutorial is extremely simply thanks to our unique dashiki fabric panels that are printed with precision to allow you to customize the length of your dashiki with minimal effort. Check out the tutorial below and if you need help, there is an easy to follow DIY video tutorial below.
First, take one panel of a dashiki print fabric, and fold it in half. Then fold it in half again. Cut out your desired neckline shape. You can use the pattern on the fabric as a guide to help you. I decided to have a slit in my neckline so I cut a straight opening on the front side of the shirt.
A dashiki is quite loose so add a couple inches extra when marking your bust measurement. Decide how loose you want the sleeves to be and cut a curve like this. You can always make it tighter so leave a generous amount of space if you are unsure.
Now its time for the neck facing. Take a scrap piece of fabric and pin it over the neck opening. Turn the dress the other side and mark the neckline on the scrap piece of fabric. Then unpin and make a one inch facing.
Now pin the facing on the right side of the fabric. Then turn the dress to the other side and sew it in place. Make a edge stitch to keep the facing down.I wanted a tie on the neckline so I made a strap with some of the scraps and pinned it between the dress and facing before sewing on the two together.
Then fold the facing 1/2” in and top stitch all around the neckline.
Now just sew the side seams. Remember if its too loose you can take it in.
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