Sew Bossying Myself In Jungle January


Hooray for our fearless leader and jungle guide, Anne, who not only runs Wearable Wednesday flawlessly every week, is on her second year as the ultimate Jungle goddess, but was also a fabulous Sew Bossy employee. How does she do it all so well?

When I ordered this Butterick 5815 for Ms. Jungle, I guess I liked it so much that I ordered one for me too, plus mayyyybe a few extra yards of this bright and shiny wonderfulness to keep for myself as well. I think it was labeled as crepe de chine, which goes to show you I still don’t know my fabrics, coz to me it’s all slippery and crazy like a charmeuse.

So there’s really not much to say about the construction. It’s an easy pattern, but of course my shoulders are way too poofy, and I’m afraid to mess with them too much because I don’t want to pick the fabric more than I need to. I’m just going to go with my usual I Meant To Do That attitude, and hide the poofiness with my hair. The sleeves on this thing are to die for, all flowy and feminine. I highly recommend this pattern for its ease and loveliness. It can be a top, a tunic, or a dress. Yay versatility.

Okay… pics, coz that’s what Jungle January is allll about! I could whine about it being winter and being stuck with shitty indoor photos, but–oh, I just did. A thousand pardons for the dodgy photo quality. Maybe by some miracle it’ll get above freezing and I’ll get some outdoor shots.

Butterick 5815

Butterick 5815

Of course my beautiful jungle cat/accessory Teddy had to get involved.

Photo Jan 19, 10 09 24 PM

Photo Jan 19, 10 09 34 PM

Photo Jan 19, 10 10 07 PM

And I had to go out on a mini date at Fruity Yogurt so I could actually wear it somewhere

Photo Jan 19, 9 46 51 PM

In its fully jungle-y accessorized state:

Photo Jan 19, 9 45 12 PM

Have a wonderful remainder of Jungle January, and definitely check out Anne’s version of this pattern. Her pics are a zillion times better than mine, and her shoulders infinitely less poofy.

Hugs to all you wild thangs out there!!

Bonus, semi-professional jungle-at-work photo. Wish you could see the purple tights better:

17 responses »

    • Thanks, Nikki!! You’re a doll. So glad I spotted it on It feels light enough to wear in warm weather, but with tights and a blazer I’m getting away with wearing it on a January day. Definitely a keeper.
      Thanks for the feedback!

  1. My comments never publish due to some weird kink in my computer, but I will keep trying. I love the fabric and the dress. The colours are really great on you! Bravo!

    • Thanks, Penny!! I couldn’t resist. That work restroom mirror is always calling me when I’m frolicking in new me-made gear. 🙂 Nothing like a bathroom selfie to class things up.

    • Thanks, Dia! It’s always fun to try to snap a selfie before someone walks in and finds me posing. The fabric feels amazing. What a bonus that it should be light enough to carry me into early summer. Love those rare and magical multi-season dresses.

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