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Faithful Feral Followers, our January ran by at cheetah speed and brought new friends, new undertakings and many great makes from across the animal- loving Sewcialist universe! I have to admit that I didn’t think that my silliness would catch on and I expected to be alone at the primal inn a good bit, but many saw the opportunity to wrestle or relish the untamed and I think that we are all the better for it. Sniff, sniff. I hate to see it end, but will it really end? NO! It cannot! Wherever there is spotted or stripey textiles, we will be there! In our hearts, on our heads and even on our knickers- the show will go on! On New Years Eve when we turn the calendar to 2014, remember to get your cat on- because January is Jungle time!!!!
Now, as promised, it’s time to award some of our players and reflect once more in our Special Awards segment! YAY!!!! Wait- who’s this? Why its Byrdie Couture in an amazing Minoru! Not late- because animal print never goes out of style!
Isn’t that right, Bolts, Bobbins and Blunders?
I’m so pleased that this lady joined the party, too- it’s Cation Designs in a twirl-worthy leopard dress!
Now I know there is another awards show tonight, right Tempest? But now we are getting down to the most important one! Yes! The Official, First ever Awards for Excellent in Animal Print…..The Annie Awards!!!
My International award selection panel led by myself, 3 dachshunds and a Mole have laboured intensely to select these names- they do not sum up the whole of our event, merely some of our notables- all are honored for their work and I thank you- each and every one of you for your inspiration, your style, your willingness and your indulgence! I’ve had a ball seeing this grow from my foolish idea to wooly-mammoth sized online foolishness!
In no particular order, because all of our participants were FABULOUS:
Most Meetings at the Watering Hole: Maria
Gorgeous things requiring discretion: Sewforward
Most ready to hibernate: Sew Exhausted
Phew! I’m exhausted! Now I must ready for that other award show and lesser carpet event.
**Winners- if I do not already have your address, thru various fabric stalking activities, please email me at bmoviemouse(at)gmail(dot)com and a gorgeous certificate suitable for framing will be sent your way!!!
Again, as I and my amazing team here at Grievances Central thank you and wave goodbye until next time….remember- It’s better in the Wild!
Photo credits: All images remain the property of their original owners, google images, meadhawg, Dachsund UN- by Bennett Miller- musueum of Contemporary art in Sydney
I think I’ve had too much caffeine this morning, but I think these models look much angrier than usual.
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Whoo! We are having a blast here at the Spotted Carpet as more and more of our favorites pop in to celebrate the call of the fashionable wild!
Coco!!! Over here! Who are you wearing? Why it’s Grainline Studios Scout Tee in a very desirable print!
Coco, do you follow any celebs as fashion inspirations? none. Do not follow. My mother rocked in her zebra print capris in 1954! Gee, I’d planned to ask you if you will play again next year, but you have never left the habitat, have you? well, you’re talking to the girl who bought a giraffe-print swing minidress in Filene’s Basement in 1967… God bless your work, Ma’am!!
Well, look who has emerged from her Oscar viewing to join us briefly between shorts and cartoons- it’s Tempest!
So, while we have you- If your fabric stash were a tree, what kind of tree would it be? A lava-tree. Sorry, you can’t ask me a tree question and not expect me to resort to toilet humour. Seriously though, a truffula tree from the Lorax….very colourful, quite furry and all over the place (well, until the Once-ler turns up and helps me with some stash-busting)
Those amazing animals- just accessories or full-on textile dominance? Why? Full on textile dominance….I’m a firm believer in matchy matchiness. If you’re going to wear something most women shy away from you might as well go for it. You only live once and what if you get to 82 and suddenly realise how many years you wasted not wearing that snakeskin/leopard print/faux giraffe ensemble.
Here’s Chris in my favorite Tiramisu- the zebra one! How about a question or two?
What does animal print mean to you? How does it make you feel and how did this challenge move or change your destiny? Oh I’d have to be a tiger as animal print makes feel sleek and sexy
What is your spirit animal and do you follow its grain? Again I’d go with the wild tiger and underneath this facade there’s a wild sleek and sexy woman lurking about inside and in the dark of the night she lets loose LOL
Who’s next? Oh, it’s little me! Well tell us, Anne, how do you feel about exotic animal prints? Really, they just aren’t for me. I prefer subtle solid colors. Sewing is about expressing ones maturity and reserve thru needle and thread. Its not for foolishness!
Jess– I just bought this pattern and I hope I can look half as ferocious as you do!!
Now, here’s one of my favorite people working leopard as only she can. Be inspired to bring a little animal into your everyday as she does!
In Rachel Pally….
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Welcome back to the spotted carpet, everyone! As your host I’d like to take a moment to mention that at the end of our preshow event the awards will be given out and if you are one of the most honored winners, please email me with your address- your custom certificate will be mailed to your home or that of your agent!
I missed this gorgeous apron from Sharon and invited her to share it and tell us who her Spirit animal is: When my daughter was little, we used to read a lot of Winnie the Pooh and one day my husband said ‘You’re just like Rabbit’. Unfortunately I think he’s right! I would prefer if my spirit animal was something way cooler like a jaguar.
Sew Ruth! Welcome to the show!
Having you here is an honor- would you like to answer a question for us? What does animal print mean to you? How does it make you feel and how did this challenge move or change your destiny?
Trash; trashy and traumatized. You may be hearing from my lawyers…
Um, Ok. How about another? Would you do this again next year? Do you have a plan?
Currently I’m in re-hab and taking it one day at a time.
Ok, well, thanks. Enjoy the open bar and free gift bag……Can I get someone else up to the podium….please? Oh, thank goodnees! Someone is treating this formal event with the respect it deserves!I love this top!!
Welcome Anna! Care to share a thought about your stash? If your stash were a tree, what kind would it be? An unusually fast growing grafted peach tree – one graft for knits (let’s call those white peaches) the other for cottons/linens (yellow peaches). Why peach? The peach season is in full swing at the moment here in Australia and I can’t get enough of them – kind of like fabric really!
Yoohoo!!! Beajay! Over here- behind Jane! No, no, you can’t ignore us!!!
Got a minute? We’d like to get your opinion- Posen of Korrs? Is this food?? Or maybe beers? I guess I am incriminating myself again!
Do you think Di Caprio would have been nominated if his character had worn more snake skin? I refuse to answer on the grounds it might incriminate me.
Lizzy, Hi, Welcome! Are you shopping differently now that you have been on safari?
I don’t run in terror from the animal print section. Does that count? I think the print sections should welcome you with open arms and sheathed claws now!
Alright, until tomorrow- as Jane Russell said, “No bows, Honey, just 8 bars and off!”
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wait for it….
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When your husband tells you in the middle of your serious photo shoot to wave your arms wildly, think before you do it. I guess you’d better just go to Pattern review for more detail- I can’t remember what I was going to say about this make!
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Shameless, just shameless gall to name your own award, but the award is to show off/thank/promote some of the best of Jungle January and just have one more round of joyous feral fellowship, so as the ‘Animal Awards’ sounded too unlyrical, Ladies and Gentleman- the’ Annies’ were born!
Look at this gorgeous trophy- that would only get lost in the mail, so a gorgeous certificate will be winging its way to each winners home the enhance and motivate the sewing areas of each recipient! I will guard and cherish it for you in my lair until my ungrateful nieces and nephews find it after my death and wonder, ‘WTF?!’ Of course, while going thru the bulk of my husband and I’s things, they will say that an awful lot…….
This event will be sprinkled over several posts- because of its epic richness- and feature the speckled carpet interviews of some of our participants and of course, a nostalgic ‘Look Back in Leopard’ ……..
Thats a good question- it’s Simplicity 2281 and it of course rocks some spots! Next time I will use a less slinky fabric (pun intended) it needs a little more body, I think . I also kind of hate the string tie closure in the back. It’s hospital gowny…..hook and eye next time.
But enough about little me! I’m so pleased to be on the spotted carpet today to greet some of our friends in ferociousness! We’re trying to keep security out of these shots, but of course, we travels with an entourage on par with a Beyonce or other regal dignitary. If you are curious, Flannery our spokesmodel cat could not make it today, prior engagement, but she promises to check her twitter at least once. Bitch.
Oh, here comes one of our guests! VickiKate, care to comment on the celebrity who’s animal style you most admire? ‘Ha, Lady GaGa because that woman has no boundaries and no shame when it comes to her wardrobe. Not that I’d wear any of it, I just love that she has the confidence to do it!’ Thanks Sweetie! Go find a seat for the show-
Laura also joins us today, she of the wonderful style tips and An Affair to Remember Welcome Laura….so, Wilma or Betty- who would rock a zebra stole better? Wilma, definitely. All the very best bombshells have red hair and an hourglass figure like hers. Plus Betty already gets enough attention from being married to a man so much shorter than her.
Hello, Maria! Glad you could make it today- may I ask- what is your spirit animal? I’m definitely a lion, through and through. I think we should have known that one- thank you for being here- please enjoy the buffet…it’s vegetarian!
Who do we have here? Why it’s Katie!
Do you have any thoughts on our favorite print genre? Animal Print (always capitalized) has been a favorite of mine since I was small. Growing up in the 80s, neon and animal went hand in hand. In fact, if I may reminisce for a moment, I recall a much loved tiered skirt with attached suspenders that my mother made me. It was in three colors of neon leopard – hot pink, acid green and luminescent yellow. I loved it so much, I later copied it myself in a more sedate green and black print, but it just wasn’t the same without the jungle goodness. Since I have long been a lover of leopard, a connoisseur of cheetah and a sucker for snakeprint, this challenge was a given for me to participate in. It was also such a pleasure to begin the process of indoctrinating my daughter into the sisterhood. Wha- HEY! You get out of here! This event is for serious style mavens only! SECURITY!!!! I knew we shouldn’t have had this outside! Anyone can just walk up!? Just NO!
We will reconvene tomorrow semi-live for more action and less riff-raff!!
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Psst! Hey- look over here! There’s a Pattern Pyramid Touching down at Gjeometry’s place!! The grail pattern Butterick 4699 is still in the pile, too, so hurray!
Oooooooh! Yes, indeed. Pattern Pyramid arrived yesterday from the lovely and talented Amanda at Symon Sez, so exciting! This pattern pyramid was originally started by the charismatic bundle of joy, Anne at Pretty Grievances. It has been quite the world traveller, visiting various continents and countries, enjoying cocktails, romps on the beach, did some shopping and even bought some cute souvenirs for the little pyramids, at home.The Pyramid began with Velosewer, as the first winner. It then went on to The Material Lady and next to Mrs. Mole at Fit for a Queen. After this, Pattern Pyramid enjoyed it’s journey to Tulle and Tweed and straight on to my predecessor, the previously mentioned Symon Sez. Fabulous!
Now, I also wanted to participate in Sew Grateful Week, hosted by My Happy Sewing Place, where bloggers can take the time to thank their readership and other…
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