Chiffon With Teeth (and Beaks)

silk georgette pinted dress

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.

silk georgette pinted dress

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…

silk georgette pinted dress

No center back seam on the very no-fancy-pants pattern…

silk georgette pinted dress

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?

silk georgette pinted dress

Armadillo-zebra-caped-parrot, just chatting it up with an average bird.  As you do.

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Comments


  • Erica B.
    April 30, 2013

    I think your simple design was perfect for the wild and crazy print! Just fantastic!

    BTW: you’re great on “Nurse Jackie”!

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      thanks erica! it was fun to shoot. and i do get to wear some scrubs almost as colorful as this print 🙂

  • Lauren
    April 30, 2013

    Ahhhahaha I can’t believe you bought this! I’ve been lurking it for MONTHS, trying to figure out what the heck could be made with such a large and in charge print. I think you hit the nail on the head, although I’m dying to see how you end up refashioning it too. Well done, my friend, well done.

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      the laurels everywhere are killing me. i almost downloaded and hacked this dress in the two spare hours i had today…

  • Kacie
    April 30, 2013

    I love the simple shape with this wonderfully wild and crazy print, but i know you, and I know you’ll ROCK the re-make! Two posts of mutated animal print garments? Heck yes!

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      one can never have enough mutated animals!!!! wait…

  • Carolyn
    April 30, 2013

    I agree with Erica and Lauren that you should leave this be! This is a very cute sundress that will look awesome strolling the wild streets of NYC this spring and summer!

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      i dunno, the desire is QUITE strong… i predict it’ll be a new dress by our next lunch date.

  • Janine Whisler
    April 30, 2013

    I love it! From a distance people will think, WOW amazing color, then at a closer look, POW it’s a birdzebraarmadillo! HAHAHAHA.

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      it sneaks up on you, doesn’t it? i danced with glee when i saw the bolt IRL.

  • Kay
    April 30, 2013

    You are cute and sassy enough to pull the print off 🙂 It is a cute dress!

  • Lori
    April 30, 2013

    Love this on you and the style of the dress is perfect for the pizzazz of the fabric.

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      thanks lori! i do wish it were just a bit chic-er…

  • Amanda S.
    April 30, 2013

    This is so you! It’s very fun and playful, which I totally get from your online personality. Also, I think it was smart to use such a simple design for the busyness of the fabric.

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      fun, playful… and maybe a leeeeettle tipsy. 🙂

  • lsaspacey
    April 30, 2013

    oooh, I like the idea of full-on palazzo pants, perhaps with a slit on the outside of both legs? I can see you sipping something (alcoholic, of course) at an outdoor cafe in those and some cool high heel sandals.

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2013

      i KNOW, right? and i’d need a serious umbrella in that drink!!

  • Ginger
    May 1, 2013

    Wow! I love this! That fabric is killer– I had to drag myself away from the bolt a few months ago myself! So cool!

  • Sarah Gunn
    May 2, 2013

    I hope you can enjoy this fun dress through the summer before ripping it up and making something else!

  • Sue K
    May 2, 2013

    I think the simple pattern is perfect, so the print can be the star. It looks like a dress you’d pull on often, as it’s very flattering and easy.

  • june Lovell
    May 10, 2013

    okay, so i just ordered 2.5 yds: caftan/shirt over wide/skinny pants. love the dress…