Roses, Leopards, Comets and Burda 7301

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Ever wonder what would happen if Betsy Johnsonabc_betsey_johnson_

and Joan Holloway

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were trapped in an elevator and a comet struck the building and radiation started to melt them and …….ok. I’m about to let you know inadvertently that most of my science has been formulated watching Michael Bay movies. Oops. Anyhoo. The fusing of Betsy and Joan is my point. Here is what I think you would get: IMG_0648

Yup. Me in Burda 7301. It’s a little retro, a little sweet  a little classic. So it needed gaudying. Of Course.

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I’ve had this pattern forever- I think it’s even out of print now. Once more proving that I either make the dress EVERYONE has or the one no one has. Lets defend my choice:

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It’s perfect for a bit of gardening. Did you see? I touched nature!! It has these frisky little pleats at the bust and little useless pockets- I’ve pulled the belt down ‘undergut style’ so you can see the raised waist and nifty darts and breastal pockets. IMG_0669

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I can’t decide if I need to take in the upper body or just use a little more giving fabric next time. It’s boxy, but I think intentionally, but one can be too boxy, right? Perhaps not for my alter ego ‘Boxy Le Smut- ineffectual Spy Girl!’ IMG_0687

I’m fairly certain that the folks at work were a little overwhelmed by my floral predator action. They seemed not just nonplussed, but maybe even a little negativelyplussed. Deplussed? Reverseplussed? Oh, you know how coworkers are. Ouch! Got to watch those thorns!?

PicMonkey Collage

Photo credits: meadhawg, pattern review, google images. All images remain the property of their original owners.

61 thoughts on “Roses, Leopards, Comets and Burda 7301

    Anne W said:
    October 4, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    I love your photos & your expressions! :D Great little dress, that fabric really works. You’ve definitely got something there, florals & animal print together – fab!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you! It was hard to find a dress with any detail that could stand up to so much print!

        Anne W said:
        October 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

        I like the way this pattern is chopped up in the seams & re-arranged – it’s really cool!

        prttynpnk responded:
        October 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        It was a fun sew- it just went together so easilly!

    mrsmole said:
    October 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Killer fabric…not so killer pattern. Boxy is not bad if it works to your advantage and this may be even nicer in a knit or stretch fabric but for the time being, throw in some narrowed shoulder pads and take in under the arm from armpit to elbow. Not digging the breast pockets unless they could be covering up some dandy side bust darts which they are probably not doing. Even is baggy tops like this one with cut-on bat-wing sleeves, I throw in side darts so at least I can remove some excess fabric and get the right shape to my boobs. Pin out the excess like a dart and see what happens and if you can still raise your arms to accept floral bouquets and presents from the hubby you are OK.

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Alright- now I have a plan! Thanks for the tips- as always you are ready to save us from fitting schlumpitude!

    theresa said:
    October 4, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    That fabric is YOU! Love it and the pattern is one of the few Burda offerings I’ve even looked twice at. I have to agree with mrsmole, it’s those cut on sleeves that can be a grinch to make look right especially if it is a crisp fabric and not a knit. I like the seaming details and the higher waist seam. When I look at it I see tunic, not dress but it sure does look nice with heels. Kudos to you!

    sewexhausted said:
    October 5, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I just wanted to say you have a darn fine pair of legs! (I know I know off topic but I noticed!) ~Laurie

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Aw shucks! Thanks!

    Shar said:
    October 5, 2013 at 1:52 am

    While the pockets are not my favorite (although you could definitely fit a Hershey’s Miniature or two in there), I do like the neckline and high waist. The print is perfect – I expect nothing less from you! I wish I could have seen your co-worker’s faces (some people just don’t know style). I just realized your belt has the cutest bow closure – I want!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 6:04 am

      They try to be supportive, but this one was just too much!

    tanya maile said:
    October 5, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Definitely a Betsy/Joan baby that only you could pull off. Those peeps at work just didn’t know what hit them!

    Valerie said:
    October 5, 2013 at 2:52 am

    I was thinking along the same lines as Mrs Mole – take in it under the arms a bit. But I love the useless pockets and the fabric is great. It reminds me of the heady days of Jungle January.

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 6:05 am

      Ah, special times- we will prowl again in 2014!

    Gjeometry said:
    October 5, 2013 at 3:49 am

    Very cute dress! The fabric is just fabulous, I love it! “I’m touching nature” LOL. The only thing I can think of to de-boxify it some, besides what folks have already said, is to make the side seams bigger on the bodice/sleeves. Not sure if that would impede movement or not. And, duh!!!!! Those tiny pockets are so Obviously for kitty treats!

    PS, I am patiently awaiting your response on my blog re: Andy’s funeral!!!!!! OK, not patiently at all…..I’m vibrating and sweating a lot.

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 6:05 am

      I will email you my foolish story!

        Gjeometry said:
        October 5, 2013 at 6:20 am

        I am on the edge of my seat!…..and I’m not even sitting…..

        prttynpnk responded:
        October 5, 2013 at 10:16 am

        Thats impressive!

    poppykettle said:
    October 5, 2013 at 4:52 am

    I’m sure you could squeeze an oreo or two in there… although it would make for an awkward outline!! Ha. Am really liking this dress on you – screw those coworkers!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 6:06 am

      They are just holding me back, right? I must ride the gaudy plains on my mission!

    ooobop! said:
    October 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

    ‘Roses and leopards and pockets… oh my!’ That fabric is amazing! I love the high waist on the dress and the cutaway and I love when co-workers give me ‘that look’. Makes me feel I know more than they do! ;-)

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

      We are so ahead of their rahs, arent we?

        ooobop! said:
        October 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

        We so are! x

    rachsews said:
    October 5, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I don’t this looks overly boxy – but maybe that is because I am distracted by your fabulous fabric and vibrant wit… the folk at work clearly have no panache

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

      I tend to fear the close fitting- I know you cant hide your size in bigger cloths, but I try!

    sewruth said:
    October 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    Staggering fabric. Cute dress and a great make. You need matching shoes!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Oh….matching shoes…..ahhhhhh

    Joanne said:
    October 5, 2013 at 9:45 am

    That’s a great print for you. And I really love that little neckline detail.

    Donna said:
    October 5, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Well I think it’s fabulously you – a great fusion of styles!

    Sewbussted said:
    October 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

    A dress that Betsy would be thrilled to call her own. Well, she would probably chop it off and some how add a petticoat, but let’s be realistic, most of us have to live in the real world ;) Didn’t
    notice the pockets until I saw M. Moles comment, so obviously, they didn’t bother me!!!!

    coco said:
    October 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Oh, I like this Anne! Hope you have more of the fabric for Jungle time…

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      Fabric.com got some feline ordering today! I am scheming in the tall grass!

    elaineoc said:
    October 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    This fabric is ridiculously good :)

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Isnt it marvelous? I love some floral crazy felines!

    ksgentry said:
    October 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    All I can say is WOW. Your fabric choice is insanely cute, pair it with a perfect pattern selection makes for one hell of a dress. It definitely is a Gold Medal winner. I love your photos, they tell us about you. Perhaps your co-workers just have no sense of style or even jealous. I would have stood up and cheered!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Aw thanks! I think a little fit tweaking and Betsy-Joan and I will be very happy!

    smittenness said:
    October 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Boxy Le Smut! I love how you write, you always get me laughing. That dress is well fierce! (this is a compliment, I heard it on a bus). Any excuse for a bit of animal print – it’s practically a neutral, right?

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Practically? I hppe Pantones next collection is by breed!

        smittenness said:
        October 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        Ha! ha! By breed! I’d love that would make the Pantone Palette thingy irresistible.

        prttynpnk responded:
        October 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

        Perhaps we need to make our own…Jungle January

    Beth (sunnygalstudio) said:
    October 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    can I say it? you look FAB!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      Oh you are too kind!!!

    gingermakes said:
    October 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Gah! This is so you! Fabulous!

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      Oh thank you- I have had some doubts!

    BeaJay said:
    October 5, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Wow – roses and cats. Two of my favourite things. Love the dress. Looks fabo on you.

    All Patterns Heather (@KnitNBee) said:
    October 5, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    HAAA HAA HAAA! Breastal pockets! You crack me up. But see what happens when you touch nature? It’ bites you back. I think this is pretty cute, probably snug up the kimono sleeves a bit if it was my dress. But I know that Boxy Le Smut and wear anything with panache.

    stirandstitch said:
    October 5, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    that is so betsyjoan, it’s amazing! great frock.

    Judith said:
    October 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Killer fabric! I am torn between the gentleness of the ‘so-you’ fabric, and the fierceness of the savage thorn? Wonder if you need to stick with prowling through the jungles and not the rose gardens in future… (love the dress, by the way) … J

    Barbara said:
    October 6, 2013 at 11:11 am

    You have absolutely done both Betsy and Joan proud!!! Just lovely….alas, the thorns come with the job!! Great photo shoot!!!

    velosewer said:
    October 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    This is a killer dress. Great styling!!

    Amanda said:
    October 7, 2013 at 3:45 am

    You.
    Rock.
    My.
    World.
    That is all :D

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Heeheee…..but I forgot to do a cat pose..

    Cari Homemaker said:
    October 7, 2013 at 5:09 am

    That fabric is more you than you have ever been. You look gorgeous.

      prttynpnk responded:
      October 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

      What a wonderful thing to say! Thank you!!

    Lynn said:
    October 7, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Gorgeous dress! Animal print and roses. Wow! Are you sure you didn’t steal that from Penelope Garcia?

    missjoiedevivre said:
    November 4, 2013 at 2:22 am

    The fabric is gorgeous! Floral leopard, my new thing I didn’t know I needed but now I do need it. Its a great dress, love the raised waist. But I’m mostly impressed you saw past the fact the envelope cover had a woman wearing a dress made of rubbish bags.

      prttynpnk responded:
      November 4, 2013 at 10:41 am

      She does look water repellant, doesnt she!!!

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