Friday, 25 January 2013

Jungle January!

The fabulous Pretty Grievances blog has managed to bring out my love of animal print again. Who knew. I'm a shy and retiring wallflower don't you know. 

Sure I've dabbled in the past... 



...But it hasn't always been a happy partnership....See that murderous look I'm getting from my husband? The one that is a little bit American Psycho (with facial hair). OK yes he's smiling but he's really eyeing up the tiger as fresh meat. He likes to destroy all that is animal print. He nearly succeeded with the other dalliance I had. A cotton 3/4 sleeve cardi, a leopard print beaut that would go with everything, a true beige and black neutral. Well add maroon jeans into a wash (his maroon jeans I should add, the maroon and I were never friends but this meant war) and you get a PINK tinged number and the love was never there again (for the cardi, I'm not callous enough to divorce for a washing malfunction...just).

So yes, animal print has been known but it wasn't at the forefront of my mind when I was planning my sewing year. But then BOOM, Anne threw a party and I wanted to join in.

ooh armpit baubles
I decided fairly early on I'd be playing it safe and would limit my dabbling to a simple top, or possibly a skirt, but if this dabbling was to be of ernest then I would not fall short on quality of material. I scouted my usual stomping grounds for the fabric in question, but it seems good quality animal print is not a common occurrence, certainly not in my region of the world. I stumbled across Tissu fabrics, who had the widest range of animal print on the interwebs, they even have their own category, and fortunately also feature reviews, very helpful indeed. I took a gamble on 1m of modestly priced cotton jersey leopard print and was surprised to find it beautifully soft and drapey, this was exactly what I was looking for.


The Salme Kimono sleeve top was intended as a muslin, but I think the style would be a tad too loose-fitting in jersey even if I went down a size. So instead I went for MariaDenmark's kimono sleeve top (got to love those kimono sleeves!), a pattern designed with jersey in mind.




This being the third item of clothing I've ever sewn, jersey may seem a tad ambitious. But I don't know, maybe the spirit of the jungle told to me to be bold!

caught in the act of posing (animal print killer was busy sniffing out his next prey)
















The pattern was a real delight. The neck seams were finished with self-fabric ribbing. I even dared to use a twin needle for the hems. I cut between a size XS and S. I'd be tempted to repeat again using XS. But hell yes I'll be making more of these. 







And dear Jungle, you sure have got your claws in me now....


back away from the washing basket darling. And pass my cigarette holder


xxx

18 comments:

  1. This is great! It's not overly animal print, either, because of the grey/black mix, and it being a smaller size instead of large spots all over. It seems like a neutral and a print and a stand-out garment, all in one! Lovely dear! :D

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    1. Its proving very wearable. Cheers dear!

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    3. Its proving very wearable. Cheers dear!

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    4. Not quite so good its worth saying three times. Just a damn phone to blame

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  2. Oh get you, sewing with jersey! This is lovely Katy, am sure you'll be making more of these.

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    1. Your jersey sewing tips were invaluable. Its a good pattern and as it only uses 1m of fabric there'll be many more to come

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  3. I absolutely love that last picture!! All those animal prints look utterly fab together..... FAB!!

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    1. Hee hee thanks! It was a means of trying to become more comfortable in front of the camera. But i was quite tickled when i realised there was a whole animal print ensemble awaiting in my wardrobe!

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  4. I love it!!! Can You email me? Bmoviemouse(at) hotmaildotcom.....

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    1. Have replied on your blog leader of the jungle!

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  5. Animal print, on animal print, on animal print... And you look drop dead gorgeous. Would that be a Galloise for your cigarette holder!

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  6. PS How's your Sewlution coming along! You've been Sewlutioned over at my blog!

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  7. I'm with Carolyn--That last pic is priceless. Love this top. So glad you're in the jungle with us. You are too cute for words!

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  8. I love this look! It's way, way cute! Mixing the animal prints is so fun and chic!

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