DIY animal print maxi

When it comes to animal print, I find summer maxi’s are completely appropriate…… and no one does an animal print maxi better than Roberto Cavalli.  When I spotted this animal print jersey, Roberto Cavalli is the first thing I thought about.  What’s perfect about this fabric is the ultra drape that makes a jersey dress fantastic.  It’s currently sold out but the product code is 303128.  Here are a few others on moodfabrics.com that are just as gorgeous.

The pattern used for this dress is Vogue V1102 with the following pattern alterations:

Added 4.5″ to the length of the bodice pattern which creates a plunging open back
Added 2 25″ tie straps across the back

For the skirt, I cut 2 pieces of fabric 30″x54″ and double stitched the pieces together at the sides. Attached the skirt to the bodice and pleated the excess fabric in the back, leaving the front flat.

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8 Comments

  1. June 17, 2015 / 3:00 am

    Gorgeous dress. I am not too crazy about animal prints, but this is a really pretty & classy one. I'm not inspired to make one myself.

  2. June 17, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    I have seen that pattern and wondered, "Why?" Now I see why! You have a good eye and created a beautiful dress.

  3. June 18, 2015 / 1:03 am

    Wow! You are the queen of pattern manipulation! I have a similar fabric in a woven. Love yours as a maxi!

  4. June 21, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Hello Nikki,

    Tres chic! The detail on the back is so glamourous.

  5. June 22, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Love this dress….because of you I never look at patterns the same way. I always see so many more possibilities. Thank you for always inspiring fellow sewers.

  6. July 5, 2015 / 1:13 am

    Love the dress, leopard print is my fav! Nice job, my sewing is calling, need to get to it!

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