Beach Animal Danielle
Added Sep 17, 2011
This coral and tan animal print is such a strange fabric. It’s like Lisa Frank went to the beach and watered down all her paints. Danielle is one of my favourite dresses, and I accidentally left my “Leafy Danielle” at my sister-in-law’s when we went to the beach this summer. At least she’s happy—she says it fits her like I’d made it for her! Of course, that meant I needed a replacement. I had originally planned for this version to have a slim short sleeve, but I didn’t have enough fabric. Modifications to the original pattern: a wedge taken out of CF before cutting to narrow the neckline slightly and the straps cut to the smallest size on the edge nearest the face to further reduce that opening, which is just too wide for my narrow shoulders. This is cut at a 38. The 36 is too small, but this size leaves me with more than 1" seam allowance at CB, so I took advantage of it to insert a lapped zipper, since this fabric begged a little more formal detailing.
Cotton sateen, 1€ for the whole piece; a zip rescued from an ugly Ikea cushion cover handed down from my s-i-l, thread leftover from other projects—-Result, a 1€ dress :).
I wouldn’t suggest using something as thick as this fabric for Danielle. It’s pretty for the bodice, but the structure makes the pleats balloon out a bit.