When I saw the above on Closet Case files I was most intrigued. I immediately thought about the pride of Hillsborough, NJ- Shelley of Cuckoo Chanel. She is sassy, girly and wears a lot of dresses. I started pestering her. She let me and soon I was giggling magically over a box at the post office- thrilled that she would play with me. Indeed she did play! I received this:
and also the most fabulous animal print floral gaudy gorgeousness! Shelley- you have been paying attention! She didn’t take me out of my comfort zone with a blazer or chainmail- she really thought of little me- Shelley, you are a dear!!!
Ok, first off, I didn’t initially notice the cool cross over shoulder action- tiny, tiny tech drawing- now I am thrilled with how it repeated the sleeve crossover and takes it a step away from ‘oh, gee a boatneck, how fascinating‘. I crossed it over in the opposite direction from the instructions after walking around Ms Holloway and seeing how the print looked various ways. I liked the way the zebra laid best from this angle. After all- whats the first rule of the jungle, kids? Thats right. ‘Don’t be a zebra’.*
I immediately thought I should belt this, but I got to really like how the drape was without it and hell, I didn’t have to suck in all day. So that really appealed too! By the by, we had to drive around quite a bit to find a photo spot that didn’t clash with little me!
Now, Shelley, if you think that I am just being gracious and made the top just for the pics and probably never planned to wear it again, let me share a little secret from the Closet of Infinite Textile Hoarding……I just might have bought 4 yards of this material myself unknowingly because I just couldn’t resist it! Lady, you have made this gaudy gal quite happy!
Thank you Shelley and Closet Case Files- I really enjoyed being sew bossed around! *Thats Jungle Cruise humor- yes, this top will see Mickey- another garment test passed- it will go Mousing well!
photo credits: meadhawg, Pattern Review. All images are the property of their original owners.