Jungle January and a black & blue Ocelot!

I love starting the year off with #JungleJanuary at Pretty Grievances!  (Above image property of Pretty Grievances.)  I usually don’t add jungle prints to my fabric stash, but I am always inspired by Jungle January.  This year I have found two fabrics – one being a black & blue Ocelot.  It’s called a Harmony Jacquard, 58% cotton, 37% polyester, 5% spandex.  It is a thick soft fabric, warm for when the office gets too cool.  The fabric might be to soft for the pattern I am using but I love the blue!  I decided to pull out my untried Sewaholic Davie dress.  I like the size range of Sewaholic patterns and they always fit me well.  This pattern has cap sleeves though so if I sew it up as is, I will have to keep a sweater handy to keep my arms warm.

I love the blue – the camera picked up the fabric’s true colours.

This is a pattern meant for knit fabrics and it was easy to sew up.  I did decide that the neckline was too high though and I wanted a little contrast. An easy fix – cut the neckline down an inch or so and add on a contrasting neckline band.

So I grabbed my neck facings from my Butterick B5988 top pattern and cut out some black ponte knit and interfacing.

I interfaced the front and back pieces and sewed all of them together.

I attached the interfaced piece to my dress neckline.

Interfaced piece sewn on my neckline and back of facing pinned on and ready to sew.

Finished contrast neckline – I like it!

Now for some stiff, uncomfortable shots of me and my new dress… with Simon!

What do you think?

With the belt?

I really need to find myself a belt. Might look better than this tie belt?

Simon stealing the show.

Or without the belt?

Me looking at the cobweb in the corner of the room.

I have another offering for Jungle January but I am seriously running out of time!!!  I’ll finish it anyway and post it here.  I don’t know how January could possibly have been busier than December, but Hey! That’s Life!  (Do you like the Frank Sinatra version or the Michel Buble version?)

Happy Sewing!

42 thoughts on “Jungle January and a black & blue Ocelot!

  1. Loved the spider web shot – I have those!! Your dress is seriously cool. That fabric! I suspect that this one will be in constant rotation and it will see you through the trans-seasons too. Simon is adorable BTW.

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  2. Lovely dress. The blue is a fab shade and I like the black detailing. I like both versions of how your wearing it, with and without the belt!
    Without even listening to the songs, I’ll always be a Frank fan!

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  3. Laura says:

    Great dress, fantastic fabric! I love buying prints but haven’t found a lot of good animal print. I am a magnet for hounds tooth, though, it always seems to end up coming home with me despite my best intentions.

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  4. jvandervlugt says:

    I love the fabric, and although I’m not a Sewist, I think the black neckline brought out the print even more. I smiled when I saw you mauling Simon. I do the same with my miniature Schnauzer, Ozzy.

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  5. I think your black neckline makes the fabric print really sing. I like the dress with and without the belt – I’m sure there will be occasions when a particular way is called for.
    I love your pictures! Photographing the garment is the hardest part of blogging in my opinion. I never seem to be able to get a picture I really like. Perhaps I could borrow Simon?

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  6. ellegeemakes says:

    The blue is fabulous! I would like to steal this dress for my blue dominated wardrobe :). I think your clever neckline modification was spot on. The belt is nice but I like it without too, obviously a versatile dress. Random cobwebs can be so distracting.

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  7. Rose says:

    I like the neckline as well. I like contrast on a dress but I can never find a belt I like. I think my problem is that I once had “the ideal belt” and have never found one that can take its place. I do enjoy that Simon gets to be part of Jungle January….but why not Sophie, is she somewhat shy.

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