7.28.2018

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

Although I'm usually in the minority when it comes to what I consider to be "neutral," in recent years, a commonly held acceptance of "animal-print-as-neutral" has developed, and the “rule” is: animal print is a neutral so long as you don’t pair it with another print. (We watched an old episode of "Friends" last night, please picture me "air quoting" everything ร  la Joey.)

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

This "rule" is where I juke left; I have several coordinating pieces of various wildlife in my closet, and I swear they go with EVERYTHING! However, my wardrobe was lacking a full-on leopard print dress, for those times when you need an easy, solid basic--something quick 'n classy. Because quick 'n classy go together.

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

I scooped up this hybrid leopard/python/giraffish rayon jersey print at Mood Fabrics for my MSN July allowance, and informed Rob I was going Full Florida. I don’t know why I associate a leopardish maxi dress with Florida. But in my head, when you arrive for the 5 o’clock early bird buffet, you’re wearing this. QUICK 'N CLASSY.

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

This is McCall’s 7745, sized down to accommodate for jersey. I didn't have much luck with it in the recommended woven. It was sort of baggy on top, the darts as-patterned are kind of gigantic--but I thought a nice stretch fabric might take the wrinkles out. (I find that if you take a woven pattern down two sizes, you're good to go for jersey. But be ready for some shucking and jiving, it doesn't always go swimmingly!)

The bodice is fully lined in animal deliciousness as well, all seams are enclosed, and therefore reversible. This gave me the option to decide which side I preferred before attaching the skirt. I love using fashion fabric as lining for that reason, you have double the choices when starting to sew! Especially when using haphazard prints. Which I usually am.

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

I lengthened the ties, and made it a true wrap dress by leaving a gap in the right side seam of the bodice.

McCalls 7745: Advantage, Jersey | oonaballoona by marcy harriell

Now, if you’ll excuse me, Rob's making pancakes 'n bacon for my birthday week! PANCAKES 'N BACON!!!!!! I might throw this on and pretend we're at a "super" early bird buffet.

(ps: no tennis courts were harmed in the taking of these photos. I trod lightly.)

24 comments:

  1. Wow! Gorgeous dress! Everything you make is always fabulous but this one rings bells! Oh, and thanks for not harming the tennis courts. ;)

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    1. Thank you! As for the green...๐Ÿ˜I looked at the pics and I was like...heels?! What was I thinking?!

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  2. Beautiful! I agree, animal prints are neutral

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    1. I am so glad the rest of the world finally caught up with this fact.

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  3. Ah, I'm picturing you in all your glory at the early bird buffet!

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  4. Leopard/python/giraffes made me LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚. Beautiful dress, and the print is lovely, no matter what animal it wants to be.

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    1. I asked Rob what animal it was, and that was his answer ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. Wonderful. Aren't animal prints and florals TOGETHER a neutral? LOL.

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  6. Stunning! Hope you’ve had a lovely birthday weekend, starting with those pancakes xxx

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    1. Thank you! I think this birthday extension is going to be about 13 days long this year ๐Ÿ˜

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  7. You look Gorgeous in that beautiful dress. Your smile can light up the world - Happy Birthday.

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  8. I am basically anti-animal print, but you do it splendidly!

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  9. Looking gorgeous and I did imagine you quoting a la Joey :)

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  10. I love it! I didn't have much luck doing that pattern in a woven either, but now I might have to give it a try in jersey. Good work!

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  11. Beautiful, and it suits you so well.

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