I have never owned or made anything for myself in animal print before. In fact it just has not been my thing . When Pretty Grievances challenged us to sew from animal print I could feel my insides protest, but I am glad I said yes. It has actually been fun thinking safari and animals.
I thought the dark parts were black, so I ordered black fabric to go with it ( turned out they are dark brown).
Me, the wimp, I was going to color block the animal print, so I could soften it.
Still, I ended up making it simple. Just the animal print, nothing else.
While I was sewing I was making “escape plans” for myself. Maybe I could alter it, so my daughter could have it??? I was really a little frightened by the whole thing. When I was finished though I liked it. I wore it to church today. In the future I will use it as a tunic. It is nice and comfortable, a good everyday outfit. I love soft jerseys.
For this project I have used lekala 4136. After discovering that lekala.co has better descriptions of these patterns than other places have, I wanted to try them again. The descriptions are not perfect, but at least you get a sketch of both front and back views. The written descriptions are better, not perfect.
Close ups of details:
Maybe some other person working on this dress would like a close up of how I solved details, here you are:
After sewing the side seams of the front and back pieces together I added the “self belt”. I divided both the self belt and the belt in two halves. Then I sewed the self belt parts on. Then I threaded the belt halves into this casing, gathering them all into the center back seam. This way the belt always stays in place.
Here you can see a close up of both the pocket and front of belt area. I used clear, flat swim suit elastic to help me shape the pocket. After making my center pleat, I zigzagged it arround the pocket. I did not pull the elastic, just let it lay flat, so my fabric did not stretch.
Alas I am happy with this project. Now I have one more “sort of” animal print fabric. I know some might think I am stretching it, but you know, beggars can’t be choosers. It does sort of look like an animal print doesn’t it???
I also have a left over dress and a jungle safari hat planned in my head. I will keep you posted.