Grrrrr! I made a dress! I do love a bit of leopard so Jungle January is easily one of my favourite Sewalongs. I made this a couple of weeks ago but life has been hectic so I only just managed to get it blogged in time. Last year I made Gertie’s pencil skirt in stretch leopard denim-y stuff and it has become one of my wardrobe staples. This year I decided to step it up a level and make a whole dress. I don’t have time at the moment to perfect the fit on a new pattern so I decided to revisit the Disparate Disciplines Dandelion.
Okay, confession time. My other two Dandelions hardly get worn. I know why. Facings. I am finally going to admit that I bloody hate them. They stick up, poke out, lie wrong… I just can’t get on with them. Actually both my dandelions could be made wearable very easily by just hand stitching the facings down, and I must do it because I love the shape and otherwise they are perfect. I wasn’t going to make the same mistake with this one though. Remember how one of my plans for this year was to finish things properly? Well I did it! This is the first fully lined dress I have made in aeons. I just cut one dress in fashion fabric, this gorgeous stretch cotton from Minerva, which I can no longer find on their site, and another dress in lining fabric then attached it at the neckline and sleeves, then top stitched to keep it in place.
Look, you can just see the pretty innards! None of the actual innards photos came out, and the dress is now in the wash (yes, it gets worn a lot) so you’ll have to take my word for it about how tidy and professional it looks.
Unfortunately I then made a really stupid mistake. The lining fabric, from my stash, frays like a bastard. I pinked the seams, which with hindsight wasn’t the best way to tackle this, but I obviously cut too close to the stitching. And when I tried it on this happened:
I have managed to bodge it by stitching a bit of black satin bias tape over the seam, but I will take more care next time, I promise. Right, some more pics, because I want you to appreciate how much I love this dress:
I have already worn it loads and I can see it becoming another wardrobe staple. Because animal print is a neutral, obviously, and therefore appropriate for any occasion.
Thank you Anne for another Jungle January. You can never have too much animal print. In fact I am working on another leopard dress right now.