Chiffon With Teeth (and Beaks)
Well, hello color. You may remember this looney bin silk chiffon print, mentioned last month as a hopeful mate for my pink lace. The match was not meant to be, they fought like cats and dogs. Or more like zebra-colored-leopards-with-butterfly-wings and parrots-with-armadillo-bodies.
Not even joking. It’s aaallll in there.
This fabric had another surprise in store for me: a LOT of streeeeetch!!! I was shocked when I gave it a tug pre-sewing! You see, I had bookmarked this print in my Mood online portfolio, without much thought to the fabric type (Must. Haz. CRAZYANIMALS.), so when the lovely Joshua led me to the silk chiffon shelves where it lived, we simply cut away. Turns out it has a healthy dose of Lycra in it (marked clearly everywhere, and even lovingly mentioned in the beautiful wee blurb on the site, but again, CRAZYANIMALS).
And the Lycra? Made it absolutely wonderful to sew with! Seriously. I had left it languishing on my desk, looking at it occasionally in terror, remembering just how careful I had to be on my last go round with silk chiffon–but this li’l piece of insanity was a piece of cake!! No seam rippling, no slippage…
No center back seam on the very no-fancy-pants pattern…
But yes pockets. We have pockets. Probably the most exciting detail of this very meh pattern, vintage Butterick 3100 sundress. Basically two rectangles with elastic. I thought the gathers would be fun, hiding and revealing my animal friends, but whaddayaknow, there aren’t as many gathers as I expected.
Honestly, I wish I’d chosen something a little more involved for this print, maybe some very wide leg flared lounge pants, but there was the matter of (unnecessary) fear of fabric, and tres tricky print. All too possible to end up with a leopard on the caboose. And, I didn’t get near enough to allow for careful pattern placement. Something to think about, yo! Always buy extra when you’re buying insanity on a roll!
Now that I know how easygoing this fabric is, my seam ripper is itching for some work. There’s an excellent chance you’ll see this dress reborn very soon. A mutation, if you will. Now THAT would be fitting for this print, wouldn’t you say?
Armadillo-zebra-caped-parrot, just chatting it up with an average bird. As you do.