Jungle January

My lovely friend Teresa aka ‘Girl from the Naki’ asked me if I would take part in Jungle January.  For those that aren’t aware Jungle January is when you hunt down some fabric lurking in the stash and create a garment that reminds you of the jungle.

I did a quick search of the hashtag #junglejanuary in Instagram to see what others had made. My search revealed a huge amount of garments mainly using leopard. In my stash I  found this lovely stretch knit fabric that I sourced from a Trelise Cooper sale way back when she sold fabric. The length of the sleeve and the print makes me feel somewhat like a pretty/sexy Air New Zealand hostess.

Here we are trying to be tigers rah! Trees is wearing a Salme Pussy Bow. You can read more about her dress here.

Trees and Emma Jungle Jan 01

My finished creation is made using the Rachael Wrap Dress from Maria Denmark. It’s a lovely lady-like pattern that can be whipped up in an evening using an overlocker. I used cotton tape across the shoulder to stop it from stretching out.

The pattern is low cut which means it makes me feel a tad uncomfortable to wear it to work. In my attempt to make the dress more modest I doubled the neckband width. At the centre back I topstitched the band down leaving the rest flowy. The finished product drapes beautifully. Because the knit is hard to finish well I stitched the hem up but left the overlap side unhemmed. It works perfectly and so far has worn well.


Pattern: Maria Denmark Rachel wrap dress

Fabric cost: $10


Here’s another version of the dress.

Happy sewing xx


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