Making this dress was quite a process. I’d originally planned to make the whole thing leopard print, and I was even considering making it a long-sleeved dress. But, after I’d sewn together the shell, I tried it on, and I realized that leopard print washes me out. Big time.
So obviously I needed to make a new plan. I’d seen a dress on Pinterest that was black with a printed fabric at the top, so I decided to take that idea and do the opposite!
I cut off the top of the dress I’d made and used a pattern for a shift dress to make the black piece for the top.
Somewhere along the way, I decided that I also wanted an exposed zipper on the back, so I found a super long one (at JoAnn, of course), and sewed that on, too.
Really, considering that I basically Frankensteined this dress, I’m pretty impressed by how well it turned out.
| Pattern 1 (for the leopard print part): Vogue Patterns 1004 | Pattern 2 (for the black part): Simplicity S0825 | Fabric: JoAnn (I actually flipped the fabric. The outside of the dress is the “wrong” side of some very shiny fabric I found on sale.) | Zipper: JoAnn |
When I finished this dress, I told Matt I was going to call it my Lucy the Leopard Dress. Because doesn’t that sound like a perfect name for a leopard print dress?
He told me that I couldn’t start naming my clothes until I designed the patterns, too. Conveniently, I ignored him. 🙂
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