It will come as no surprise to anyone that’s known me longer than 7 minutes: animal print is my basic black.
In recent years, a commonly held acceptance of animal-print-as-neutral has developed, and the “rule” is: animal print is a neutral so long as you don’t pair it with another print.
I think you know how I feel about that.
I have several coordinating pieces of various wildlife in my closet, and I swear they go with EVERYTHING. However, my wardrobe was lacking a full-on leopard print dress, for those times when you need an easy solid basic. SACRILEGE!
I scooped up this hybrid leopard/python/giraffish (that last animal is courtesy of Rob) rayon print online, and informed Rob I was going Full Florida. (I don’t know why I associate a leopardish maxi dress with Florida. But in my head, when you arrive for the 5 o’clock early bird buffet, you’re wearing this.)
This is McCall’s 7745, sized down to accommodate for jersey. The bodice is fully lined in animal deliciousness as well, in such a way that all seams are enclosed and therefore reversible. This gave me the option to decide which side I preferred before attaching the skirt. I love using fashion fabric as lining for that reason, you have double the choices when starting to sew! Especially when using haphazard prints.
I lengthened the ties, and made it a true wrap dress by leaving a bit of a gap in the right side seam of the bodice.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I gotta go find a buffet.