I just can’t leave the jungle!


A mauve zebra is:

A. A popular cocktail during the 50’s containing Dr Pepper, gherkin pickle juice, vodka and a maraschino cherry soaked in grain alcohol. ‘Boy did I love fleet week! I got so tight on mauve zebras the sailors declared me a friendly port!’

B. Sir Edwin Quagshires political career was ruined when it was discovered that he belonged to a discreet club for gentlemen that liked to dress up as their childhood governesses, cane young men and then read Pilgrims Progress to them while enjoying tiny sandwiches. He was almost able to squash the rumors  until a member of the press reportedly yelled, ‘Password, Nanny Quagshires!’ And he immediately blurted out ‘mauve zebra’ and gave truth to the tales. To this day, your grandfather may refer politely to particular gentlemen as ‘a bit of a mauve zebra’ with a knowing wink.

C. My new Vogue   8710    Knit top.


Ok, all answers are technically true- because you can put anything on Wikipedia, but let’s just talk about the top.


I made this several years ago in a paisley and it gets worn more than most of my casuals. I like that it is slightly fitted, but roomy, the sleeves are poofy and it’s just comfortable. I’ve been saying another one will be made soon, but it’s been 4 years! So, here we are!


I had just enough of this left from a Burda frock to make this. There was a back seam for no reason that I could fathom and I had enough fabric to skip it. No one hates print breakup more than little me- it makes me cry, like ASPA commercials and French dip sandwiches served without horseradish sauce. Seriously? What’s that about?!


I must admit to a little crazy- but I’ll bet no one here will think it’s odd- I totally hand colored every track of thread that went over the black stripes. I just couldn’t leave it glaring like that! All poop in the punchbowl as they say……..


 But I am far from alone out here on my picnic. Check out my other kindred zebra, Jay! We really do flock together, don’t we?


Over by the fencing- I see another fluttery bit of fauna- who’s hair I am most envious of- look at how it behaves in the wind- not like the crazy chicken on my head. Lara!!!


Ok,  it’s totally unfair to bring out the vintage guns like this- go see this outfit!!!!!!!


Symondezyn- you are the cheetah bomb, baby!


Swap update!!!!! Want to see some fab animal jammies? Go see Sewforfun!


photo credits: pattern review, little me, Lara, Jay,  Seamracer. All images are the property of their original owners.

The Native Drums are Madly Beating!

Ready? Lets go!

Meggipeg brings us a very flashy Inari! I love this one…..


Jammies- jammies that have racoons on them! Pennylibrarian knows how to take the bins out with style!


I think I like ocelot quite a lot. Especially on our Linda.


Josephine? Can we see the coolest pencil skirt ever?

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Mrs Bewley– please reassure the audience that I didn’t cut your head off- I love this jacket too much for that!


I knew a Material Lady wouldn’t forget me! Here she is!


Pattern Review has brought me so many new friends this month! Here’s Lisa Laree:


This is how I feel in pink leopard, too.  I love this Andrea!


I just know I could be classy if I had this, Ellegee. Come on, sharing is caring!


Fee Fii Faux Fur! Yes, this fabulous!!


Ahem, lets now raise the culture level here at the Grievance Point, with poetry and stripes! Take it away Mads.


My fabric envy is very strong right now, thank you Sara!


Leila is back! Bolero bravo!


From the overflowing stash of an amazing stylista!


Well! That was quite a lot of inspirational predator action! I’m not done yet- I have a top of my own to post and of course the spotted carpet wrap party!

Happy weekend all!

Photo credits: youtube, pattern review, Meggipeg, Josephine, Andrea, Mads, Sara, Niekemieke, Penny, Ellegee. Leila,Pia, Linda. All images remain the property of their original owners!

Wearable Wednesday Louis Vuitton

I know why the model is sad.


This wouldn’t even be a nice purse.


This would look so pretty on a girl!


Hey, don’t get mad at me- I didn’t dress you!


Can no one save us from leather booty shorts that hang like diapers?


Is this made of auto filters? Are those poison dart gloves?


Car mats! I get it now! It’s an auto theme! They’ve all been in an accident!


photo credits: Vogue.com. All images remain the property of their original owners.

It’s pretty cool for zebras, too.

Good day from the Jungle Observatory! I’ve got the telescope trained on some lovelies this morning! Check out Cuttlefish in her corner- working the two’fer! This is her 3rd stop at the watering hole this year- she is a real trooper!



Sharon is probably skinny dipping with the monkeys again- I found this dress by the waterfall-


I want Hammer pants. That is all, Leila. Please admire the new Jungle Cruise captain uniform:


Oh look- there’s Katie! Snow Leopard- brrrr


Ok, I have found a new species- tentatively called- Sal‘us-Awesomus- curious? Well, this is all you are getting- go see it live- err, well- in blog liveness.


Jean Margaret brought her own foliage- thank you ma’am! Looking good, by the way!

Named Kielo Zebra6

Now here is a sewist who’s range I have admired for quite a while- Sixtiesgirl!


Valgal is quite the predator in Mccalls 6886- a must have pattern for me now that I’ve seen hers!


Sosat is definitely a lover of feline couture- 2 pattern reviews to envy!


Had I known we’d get snow this week at Grievances Hall, I’d have tried to steal Donna‘s Vogue loveliness!



One last group- Sewforfun had a real Jungle January event- go see!

photo credits: pattern review, Katie, Sharon, Cuttlefish, Pattern Review, Leila, Jean Margaret, sewingforfun. All images remain the property of the original owners.



Wearable Wednesday Giamba

Sometimes even cheetah tights can’t refresh a look.


I think her eyebrows and her skirt are both yak….


Ok, send me the fabrics for research purposes of course- well, hold the yak, m’kay?


Contestants- you have 5 minutes to make a junior prom frock from flocked tissue and  3 bicycle tubes- you only have a grommiter to help you- GO!!!


Does anybody else miss Squeeze? I loved that band….


I also miss Big Country. Where is all this coming from? Hmm….


After Andy’s accident, Raggedy Anne got really dark.


Involuntary squeal….I’m sorry- I can’t help it!


Does Miley Cyrus know this exists and that it could be unzipped?


photo credits: Vogue.com. All images remain the property of their original owners.

Growl, hiss, clap!

While the crew checks the tires and adjusts their pashminas- grab the clipboards under your seat and fill out the usual waivers and take this quiz! Big thank you to Cari!

Buckle up, get your binoculars ready, we are headed deep into style country this morning!

Margaret didn’t realize that the Jungle January goddess (me) demands a toll for passage- I WANT THAT TOP!!!!


Whats that I hear? A distress call from across the plains- Lynn is in an animal print quandry-  come on ye Jungle Scouts- lets help her !


I’m thinking the Pretty Grievances staff has a new uniform- Melissa, you inspire me.


Check out this dress- it is quite pettable- Thanks for playing, Mamie!


Not ready for full body commitment? Ok, I get it- head over to see Sharon’s gorgeous accessories!


Maybe a little discreet animal is better for you? Inge


Fadanista– it totally counts! I love an animal inspiration print!


Ready but not shopped up? Here’s a Mood sampling:





Hey! Hey there Myra– don’t run off- you look fabulous!



photo credits: Sew,Jean Margaret, Lynn, Mamie JR, Sharon, Katie , Inge, Melissa, Fadinista.Mood. All images remain the property of their original owners.

Wearable Wednesday Kenzo

I know you girls want to help, but I think I’ll ask someone else to basket carry me to my lunch…..


ok, 2 words….movie? No, no, don’t tell me- Snakes on a Plane? huh…..Driving Miss Daisey? No….crap- give me another hint. Oh! Oh! It’s Face Off!!!!!


No Mr Bond- we expect you to DIE!


Seriously, damn it- you have no respect for my freshly waxed floor?!


I’m serious- I will totally drop these Hummells if you don’t get me something else to wear….NOW!!!


One of these models is holding a human head- can you guess which one before the police do? Tick tock….


Come at me bro! I’ll cut a fool!


Poor Louise- she was always getting her rings magnetically stuck to the plate in Irma’s head.


Wanda was truly excited about attending her first Tupperware party- almost too excited.


photo credits: Vogue.com. All images remain the property of their original owners.