All the techniques, step-by-step instructions and patterns you need to make 25 African wax print garments and accessories.


African wax prints are colourful designs created by dyeing cotton fabric using wax-resist techniques, and then overprinting. The result is a fabric that is bright, colourful, and super-easy to use. Adaku Parker has developed 25 step-by-step projects to make a wide range of stylish pieces with this fabric. There are instant wardrobe classics like a shirt dress, A-line skirts, and culottes, as well as wonderful accessories such as tote bags, a zip purse, and a headband. The basic techniques you will need are all explained, so you’ll feel confident with essentials like attaching waistbands, gathering, pleats, making buttonholes, and adding linings. There are projects suitable for all skill levels so all you need is some gorgeous African wax print fabric and a sewing machine, and you’ll be on your way to updating your wardrobe with unique pieces that will help you stand out from the crowd.

'I really hope you enjoy using this sewing book. I exhibit at many of the big fabric and craft shows in the country. It was at these shows that I would often hear: "These fabrics are just beautiful. What can I make with them?" This is when I decided to write a book showing people the variety of handmade items that can be sewn in these fabrics. Mix and match your favourite Ankara wax prints with plain fabrics from your stash to really express your individual style. Happy sewing!'

Adaku Parker was born in 1979 in London. After more than 15 years as a criminal barrister, she launched her own business selling African wax print fabrics in 2017. She regularly exhibits at many of the big fabric and craft shows around the country. It was at these shows that she met people who were unfamiliar with African wax print fabrics and were unsure what to make with them. It was following these interactions that she decided to write a book about sewing with these fabrics in order to provide much needed inspiration to Ankara lovers everywhere!

She has made regular TV appearances on Channel 4's Kirsty Allsopp's Handmade Christmas in December 2019, The Sewing Quarter Shopping Channel (2019) and Hochanda TV (2020/2021). She has been featured in Simply Sewing, Mollie Makes, Love Patchwork & Quilting, Love Sewing, Gathered, and Sew Magazine as well as the Voice Newspaper (Online).

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