Saturday, March 16, 2013

Jungle Boogie Dress

 
 
At first I was Jungle Crazed. Then I had a case of  Jungle Fever. Now I want to do the Jungle Boogie! I hadn't intended on making a trilogy of animal prints but after the first two, I figured three is always better.
 
 
 
I used McCalls 6278 to make this little number. I had stumbled upon this stretch cotton sateen fabric from Fabric.com and knew it would be great in this color block dress. I used a stretch black sateen for the solid color and white Ambiance lining, both from Fabric.com as well. I spent about $40 to make this dress.
 
Although the dress was tedious to make, it was relatively easy. You see how the black fabric comes down in points on either hip? Those could present a challenge to some. The pattern instructions would have you attempt to sew this inset all in one seam, pivoting at the corners. This is what worked for me: sew one straight edge up to a point. Take the dress out, repin the next edge and sew from where you just left off to the next point, and so forth. It really was much more easier this way and created those nice sharp edges. The pain in the neck part: the lining is cut from the same pattern and so must be pieced together in the same way as the body. It would be much easier if the lining had it's own, basic pattern pieces in the shape of the dress.
 
 
 
I am happy with the end result. This dress is a little more form fitting and short than I usually go for but it's fun to wear. The hubby loves it! By the way, I did not make any alterations to size or length. If you are taller than 5'4", check out the length of the dress on the model. If you want this to be longer, you will need to add some length.
 
 
 
~Jenny

9 comments:

  1. Very nice merge of animal print and a solid. You sizzle in this dress! Now you have my mental ears buzzing with the classic "Jungle Boogie" by Kool and the Gang.

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  2. Cute dress Jenny! Love the animal print!

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  3. I love it! The seams have made me avoid this, but your technique makes me want to try it- you look great!

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  4. Cute dress, I like how you styled it with the stockings and ankle boots.

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  5. Very nice! I like yours better than the pattern envelope.

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  6. Very, very nice! I've had this pattern for a while and now need to dust it off! Thanks for a great post on a beautiful dress!

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  7. This is such a cool dress you look AMAZING in it! Love the jungle fever!!

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  8. Wow, it looks amazing!!!!! Thanks very much for your comment on my pregnancy post the other day BTW, and congrats on your own! xx

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  9. The dress looks great, and it looks great on you. I'm about to make this pattern, and I was concerned about the "points" that you mention. I wanted to see if it worked for other sewers, and how it looked on a real person. Also, I'm 6' tall, so I'm glad to know I need to add some fabric to the bottom.

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