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Lipstick pink zebra print


I bought this Just Cavalli lipstick pink zebra print from EmmaOneSock.   Just for fun.  Just because I could.

To keep it fun, I chose a very simple pattern, Vogue 8552.  The fabric arrived at lunchtime.  I washed it, dried it (well almost, it was still a tad damp) and had it sewn up before dinner and still found time for a swim and to read stories to my children.   I omitted the back zipper and cut the back on the fold.  I left off the pockets, even though they were the reason I bought this pattern.  There was enough going on with the zebra print without adding pockets.  I used a neck binding rather than facings.  I cut the sleeves double with the bottom edge on the fold, so that I would not have to hem them.

The dress construction is a little atypical.  Instead of back darts, a wide tuck is sewn down on the outside.  This is difficult to interpret from the pattern drawing.  Some of the other reviewers found that this caused the fabric to bubble above and below the tuck.  It worked fine in this knit fabric.  At the front neckline, the facings are added before the pleats are formed.  I didn't like this idea when I read through the instructions, but it gives a frilly sort of effect in this knit.


The fabric was a generous width, but in getting the print to sit where I wanted, I was left with strange shaped remnants.  I didn't want to waste any of this gorgeous fabric.  Which led me to...........zebra print knickers.  But of course!


This knicker pattern was adapted from the centre back seam bikini pattern at Patternschool.


19 comments:

  1. Cute! And those knickers are so much fun. I bet you feel very bubbly when you wear them ;-)

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  2. I like it! The neckline is really quite groovy. The fabric wasn't at all what I imagined - much nicer. The back of the knickers are very fun.I have just spent the evening creating a new blog for my art group. Check it out: http://sardinelimousine.blogspot.com/

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  3. Sorry, that last comment was from me (Bernice). I need to learn how to switch between the 2 sites.

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  4. LOve it! The fabric says it all.

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  5. I made a comment on PR, but had to check your blog out as well. Love the matching undies. Too cute!

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  6. very very cool - how cool is that - dress and matching knickers.. now you can safely get hit by a bus, no wait, maybe not, say - face a wind gust with pride? It's so cute - I wonder if they add the facings before pleating to stop the weight of the pleats pulling the facings out? very impressed you made this in a day AND read the children their stories.

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  7. Fantastic!!! Good move leaving the pockets out and letting the print shine! Your matching knickers make me smile- they remind me of do you know that 70's film The Poseidon Adventure? When they have to climb up the Christmas tree to escape, Susan Dey's character has to whip of the long skirt of her ballgown, and underneath she's got matching hotpants in the same fabric!
    Happy birthday to your son! How did the Stormtrooper cake work out? You'll have to post pics :o)

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  8. Fantastic all right, the dress and the fabric. The knickers are great...very cheeky!

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  9. I heart that pink animal print! The dress looks so cool and comfy. Perfect for a hot day.

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  10. You really know how to use these stunning designer fabrics to their best advantage. The dress looks fabulous, as do the matching knickers!

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  11. Very cute dress, but I just love the knickers, most thrifty!

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  12. Love the fabric and the style, yet another winner!

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  13. I really admire your ability to take a modern large-scale print fabric and combine it with a pattern to make a great garment. Though I love these types of prints, they stymie me when it comes to using them. Both this dress and the top in the last post are wonderful.

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  14. Nice dress...and love the undies :)

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  15. oh it's gorgeous, simple and beautiful.

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  16. I was trying to decide if I should get this pattern, thank you for the really helpful walk through, and the pictures!

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