First, I tried to get away with using the lion shirt I created by selling it as animal skin, lion skin is uni-yellow right? Although my entry was condoned, I felt I could do better, much better. So I googled animal skins and found one that I actually kind of like and could even love, giraffe skin. Coincidentally, giraffe skin is relatively easily created with some brown fabric and some bleach. I used an old water pen of my kids and filled it with bleach. Although not perfect, it did give me quite some control on the drawing process. When I started bleach coloring I didn't immediately got the right result (why would I practice right... just ignore the left upper side of the dress), but after drawing a while I was really satisfied.
The fabric I used was from a old short sleeved shirt from myself (which ironically already had two small bleach spots on it). The shirt had a ruffled front neckline and ruffled sleeve seams which I both salvaged for the final dress. I also kept the original bottom hem. This meant the dress sewed up very quickly. This is the best picture I have of the original shirt. I once plannend to make a bigger project of multiple shirts, although I did not actually start that project I was smart enough to make a before picture than.
The pattern I used is from Ottobre 3/2012, but I decided to ruffle the front of the dress instead of pleating. I cut a 62 width and a 80 length. I think she looks amazingly cute in the dress and I assume it will be worn a lot this summer.
Besides posting this animal inspired project today I also post at the Kids Clothes Week blog! Check it out here, I have written a post on how to make animal inspired clothes without featuring the actual animal or any of its parts.
I love to hear what you think of my creations. Feel free to leave a comment in the language you prefer (although Google translate might have to assist me if you choose something different than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian).