It means it’s JUNGLE JANUARY 5! #junglejanuary5
Seriously, I never wore animal print until I “met” Pretty Grievances on WordPress. I always thought that animal prints were used for those lycra tops and pantsuits that Carol Burnett used to wear on her show! (Do you remember Mrs. Wiggins?)
I was wrong! So wrong! Pretty Grievances, and her JUNGLE JANUARY Challenge, has bought me out of my shell, or should I say skin. If you would like to meet Pretty Grievances too and find out all about JUNGLE JANUARY 5, head on over to her blog here.
Way, way back in the beginning of December, in anticipation of JUNGLE JANUARY 5, I purchased two animal prints, one was a Ponte de Roma Grey Cheeta, 96% polyester and 4% Lycra Spandex and the other as a 100% Rayon Challis (ivory, black, mocha).
Hopefully I can get both of them sewed up and shown to you before the month is out.
For my first animal print garment I used the Ponte de Roma Grey Cheeta, 96% polyester and 4% Lycra Spandex, and the same pattern I used for my DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER top. This pattern was meant for a woven, so I knew that there would be adjustments for a knit fabric. The pattern envelope (McCalls M6896) said it was “EASY”, but I couldn’t have made it less EASY on myself.
Because I was using a knit fabric, I cut my fabric a size smaller than usual and yet … I still altered the bodice three times before it fit me … and it still might be a bit big!
The rest was smooth sailing though … well, until I just about finished all the hemming. I used single fold bias tape to hem the bottom and the sleeves and I ran out right here …
But here I am. I survived. You can’t keep me out of the JUNGLE JANUARY Challenge. Bring on the animal prints!
One JUNGLE JANUARY 5 garment down and one to go! And it’s only half way through the month! AND I was so clever (pat on back!) I even planned my next JUNGLE JANUARY 5 garment into my #2017makenine Challenge on Instagram! It’s going to be the dress in the bottom left corner, in the 100% Rayon Challis (the ivory, black, mocha). Fingers crossed!
Are you taking part in JUNGLE JANUARY 5 on WordPress and Twitter or are you doing the #2017makenine Challenge on Instagram?
It looks like it’s going to be a busy month no matter what, so Happy Sewing!