Prêt-À-Créer by Vlisco

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, 
but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

Hi everyone! Happy Valentines Day and Presidents' Day weekend. Hope you guys are enjoying your 3 day weekend.. Mine is a bit productive; full of cooking, relaxing, blogging, maybe some sewing, and staying on top of my reading (Bible, #GirlBoss, & A Perfect Recipe). So as you all know, I LOVE PRINTS... especially Vlisco African Prints. Every time vlisco comes out with a fabric collection, they also come out with a Lookbook full of fabulous garments made with the fabrics from the new collection. Like everyone else (esp. sewists) that loves Vlisco, I always wonder if they can show us how theses garments were made or give us the sewing patterns for the garments. 

Well Guess What! Vlisco has launched this exciting new service: Pre-packs gift sets that contains two fabrics (2 & 4 yards), two patterns, a zipper, and a Vlisco metal tag. They called it 'Prêt-À-Créer', which means Ready-To-Create. These pre-pack gift set allows you to create a Vlisco garment using Vlisco's amazing Fabrics. The sewing pattern is for a Top and Pencil Skirt design. If you can not sew, it's fine, simply hand the gift set to a tailor or seamstress to help you create the look. 

My Prêt-À-Créer, courtesy of Vlisco, is in this amazing shade of green that goes perfectly with my skin color. See below for the pattern review and links to the fabric and accessories I wore. 

Pattern Review: Prêt-à-Créer gift set

Pattern Description: Prêt-à-Créer pre-pack contains a combinations of 2 & 2 yards, or 2 & 4 yards fabrics, two sewing patterns to create both the top and the skirt of your outfit, a zip and a Vlisco metal tag.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the website once you were done sewing with it? I believe it does. ;)

Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were extremely easy to follow, especial for the skirt. Each step was explained in clear detail.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love that the skirt pattern is for a long midi pencil skirt. It's very chic and classy. I also love the subtle collar on the top and the dropped sleeves.

Fabric Used: My Prêt-à-Créer pre-pack gift set came with the fabric I used, so I didn't have to worry about trying to find two fabrics that are a perfect mix/match. But if you'd like to purchase the fabric individually, they are from the 'Think' Collection and comes in 2, 4, and 6 yards. You can find my Top fabric HERE and the Skit fabric HERE.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The patterns came without any seam allowances. So I traced it on a tracing paper first, so I can use it again, and added 5/8 of an inch of seam allowances before placing the pattern on my fabric. I also added about a 1/4 inch to the collar and gathered the sleeves a little at the shoulder seam. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?  Yes, I'll definitely sew it again. And I would recommend to others. For the beginners sewers, the pattern instructions do not have pictures for each step. But each step is easy to understand and clear.

Prêt-à-Créer gift set courtesy of Vlisco 

Photos by Jen of Hanuel


  1. Yetunde! I follow your blog all the time (and pretty girls sew) and I have been asked to sew some ankara garments for someone else. I generally sew for myself or daughter only, so I wanted to ask you some questions about working with ankara. I have made outfits with it before but I have a ton of questions. Would you consider talking to me? How can we speak offline? Thanks, Dawn

    1. Hi dawn! Thank you for following my blog. I really appreciate it.

      Please send me an email and we can exchange contact info.

      Talk to you soon


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