Walk on the wild side. Shadi skirt for Jungle January

Pretty Grievances host one my favourite yearly challenge #junglejanuary. An animal print lover extravaganza. I personally love the traditional cat prints so I tend to stay around that colour hue. The advantage of investing time in making something so classic is that the style is beyond fashion.

It does not age and a great foundation to any girl’s wardrobe. Besides wearing animal print gives such a glamorous/ old Hollywood vibe, doesn’t it?

Last year I went on a scuba buying hunt and managed to get a fun selection of fashion fabrics: windowpane, floral (Saiph dress and Nepture top retrospectively) but was struggling to find the right animal print. Perusing the local charity shops I saw the perfect fabric/print in the form of a body con dress for £4. I will have that, thank you! 

The dress fabric was re-cut it into Named Shadi knit skirt. The pattern is easy to make and beautifully drafted so It wasn’t hard to pick as my pattern choice. Omitted the waistband.

I overlocked the elastic directly on top of the skirt and folded inside. That’s the method I seen in all the RTW scuba skirts. Works well when there is a lot of negative ease.

Went one size smaller than the lace one because of the amount of stretch of the fabric.
I should make everything in scuba. Love this stuff!
The skirt stretches horizontally. Something I didn’t experience with the previous scubas.

There nothing I can add in terms of construction or techniques. This is just one of the meat and potato projects I’m building in my closet. Basics-not-boring!

People stop to talk to me when I’m shooting. Does it happens to you?
Are you taking part of jungle january or any other sewing challenge?
  • Look at you – roar! I agree, this will be a classic in your wardrobe; it looks amazing on you :).

  • I love this- from styling to your environment- beautiful work!

  • oh you girls just keep tempting me w/ this scuba knit stuff!!! you look hot in this skirt!

  • looks lovely on you Happy New Year

  • Wow! Amazing! Out of a £4 charity shop dress! V classy!

  • I do love me some leopard print. Such an awesome skirt!

  • Cool, tmeless and sophisticated! Loving your work herebRachel.

  • Gorgeous skirt and you certainly have the figure to show it off. Great work sourcing the fabric too.

  • Great skirt. Rachel! Animal print really suits you (what doesn’t?). Useful to hear about the scuba – I’ve been looking at it but haven’t taken the plunge!

  • This is gorgeous! So much better than the original dress 🙂 Haven’t thought about doing that for a waistband so it’s a good tip.

  • You look amazing! Such a great classic look. I love your concept of not boring basics, something really worth exploring!

  • Great skirt, Rachel! I love big cat prints too and have been considering what to make for this challenge. Maybe I can see a skirt in my future as yours looks fabulous 🙂 Great basic; definitely not boring.

  • Love it! I have two similar skirts in my closet (same print, one storebought and one made by me) and wear them sooo often!

  • Love this skirt! Never would have guessed it was scuba from a first glance! I also love the setting in your photos, the colours in the background really complement the skirt well!

  • Love love love your outfit! That skirt is perfection!

  • Great skirt! And great refashion from the dress too! Love it!

  • What a great find, repurposed brilliantly, and very lovely on you!

  • Fantastic!!! What a nice refashion!

  • So pretty..The animal print looks pretty with your dark hair.

  • Love it!

  • Great skirt! I agree that this print is timeless.

  • You look fantastically classic!! And gorgeous!

  • I LOVE leopard print. Great pencil skirt.

  • What a great skirt Rachel. I’ve never sewn with scuba before but it does seem to be popular right now

  • I love this on you – very chic! How is the scuba for comfort and recovery? I thought it might be super hot to wear.

    • Scubas vary immensely depending the type and their stretch and comfort factor two. The kinds I bought I have loved to wear as they are comfortable. and yes i think it makes you feel warm which in my case it’s great

  • Ooooh love it. What a killer basic! I keep thinking I need to add back some animal prints to my wardrobe, I used to have several things but don’t seem to any longer.

  • Fabulous! You look stunning, and this skirt is TDF!

  • You look knockout in this outfit. What a find and transformation.

  • I am sooooo jealous of that beautiful fabric of yours! It’s the perfect animal print!

  • If anyone can pull off old Hollywood glamour, it is surely you 🙂 Super classic leopard print pencil skirt – love this – it’s perfect on you, especially with the little kid gloves and black sweater 🙂

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