It’s Jungle January!

and I thank you, Pretty Grievances, for hosting this Adventure!

Jungle January
Jungle January

Pretty Grievances invites us all to join Jungle January so we can “add animal to our life”.  I don’t think I have ever worn or even owned any Jungle prints.  I almost thought I wouldn’t be able to bag anything before Jungle January was over!  Animal prints are about as common in my wardrobe as PINK! but Pretty Grievances’ Challenge was very, very tempting.

I hunted through my stash but came up empty-handed and having blown my fabric budget for the next few months already there was no way I was going to go near a fabric shop or on-line site! My sister, J.A.M. – JOANNA’S ARTISTIC MUSE, came to the rescue.  She hunted through her stash and  bagged a winner for me.  Just enough Jungle print for my favourite TNT pattern, Butterick B5988.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

My three easy pieces are cut out.  I add some thread and some bias tape and I am done … and with not much fabric left over neither!!

I had a bit of a scare though, I left my fabric bits and pieces lying around unguarded and the Big Cats moved in for the kill.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

My Jungle January is finished now and I plan on blending in with the Jungle, safe from all feline predators.

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!
Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

This is Sophie, the skittish one.

And on the right is Simon.  Yes, his tongue is sticking out, as it quite often does!

Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!
Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!!

I have made this pattern many times without problems.  This time i left out all the darts for a more casual top.  I have altered the length too sometimes.

For more Jungle Fun head on over to Pretty Grievances and have a peek at the wildlife!

Happy Sewing!

36 thoughts on “It’s Jungle January!

  1. Great top! I must try this challenge next year, like you I’ve blown my fabric budget recently 😉 Beautiful cats 🙂

    1. Thank you! I am sorry to say my stash has grown in the last few months. (Not really sorry though!). I am going to have to have a sincere but firm talk with myself, especially since I must go buy a zipper today!!

  2. Well clearly the Big Cats approve! (Similar scenes occur in my sewing room, too–such helpful creatures, aren’t they?)

    1. Thank you! And Thank you for organizing this! It has been fun!

  3. Love it! I’m not much of a jungle print person myself but that fabric is really cool. The colour looks great on you, and even Simon and Sophie like it. They’re getting involved in the jungle action! Prrrrrrr. 🐱🐱

    1. Thank you! I don’t know yet what they would do if they got their paws on some imitation furry fabric!

  4. Very nice, the top looks great on you and your kitty cats are so cute!

    1. Thank you! There was definately more fun than sewing going on this tme!

  5. I love your top! and the cats are beautiful! I have to get that pattern; quick and easy and versatile.

    1. Thank you! It is my TNT. They recommend using other woven fabrics, but I have always just used a knit and made adjustments to make it smaller/tighter. I don’t want it too tight anyway!

  6. Lovely top and excellent accessories!

    1. Haha, funny how the accessories are harder to take care of than the top!

  7. Great top. Love that fur. Both on the top and on the kitties. Gorgeous.

  8. That’s an interesting challenge – love your finished top! And I totally understand stash issues 😉

    1. Thank you! For the compliments and the understanding! 😉

  9. Great looking top! Makes feel like ROARing 😉 Like your take on the challenge – I have played it quite safe on prints but this has me thinking maybe I ought to be a bit more adventurous 😉

    1. Thank you! It was a fun challenge!

  10. I always say i’m not into jungle fun but i always like what other people make and your top is no exception! I like that the fabric seems to be a combination of different prints creating a new one combined together! Love the cat on your shoulder! 🙂

    1. Thank yoou! I like the print too. Thanks to my sis for it. Too bad she didn’t have more! (Sophie is fun too!)

  11. I never thought I would wear jungle print but you make it look good. I also like the concept of making the top more casual by not putting in the darts. Now “pink” that may be a different story altogether. I’ve met the cats and they are fun.

    1. Thank you! Funny we have similar tastes!

  12. I have one article of “jungle” clothing–a scarf. I always feel a little “out there” when I wear it, it’s a fun piece. Your top looks fabulous. I loved Sophie’s pose–arched back, the “I dare you to come here and take this from me” look. Who knew jungle prints could be so much fun!

    1. Ya, who knew! I might even get another one going next Jungle January!

  13. Lovely top, it’s nice to use a TNT pattern and be sure for the results. I’m new in sewing and don’t have a TNT just yet!

    1. Thank you! This one just sort of happened last year! I have yet to find a favourite pants pattern, but I am getting close, maybe this year? The rest … I am just all over, trying everything!

  14. Go Linda! 🙂 simple and quick.. 🙂 Stylish too

  15. Nice! I might try this pattern too – it looks like a nice easy one to tackle. My hubby said – you are not sewing this weekend again are you? I might have to sneak in a quicky while he is golfing!!

    1. Yup! That’s usually how it goes! I usually get comments from my husband that start or end with “you and your sewing machine” like she is a family member! BTW the pattern calls for a woven fabric, I used a knit. The woven might be easier to work with.

  16. What a beautiful top. Your fabric is gorgeous. I love animal print and always follow the lovely makes in Jungle January but have never taken part. Your cats are lovely. Xx

    1. Thank you! I’m excited for it this year. I have two animal print fabrics. Hopefully there is time for both! It is the only time of year I do animal prints!

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