The Bette Davis Safari Frock


Name and Location: Anne B- alias prttynpnk located in the lovely and slightly backward South Carolina,USA

Blog:   Pretty Grievances- a humble place of sewing and sniping.

How long have you been sewing: Honestly? About 20 years off and on. But sewing effectively and with pride? About a year!

Why did I want to commit to the Sew Weekly Challenge: This group got me started on a deeper love and respect for sewing- a making of art and passing on of skills that my sewing lacked. A lovelier group of people I have yet to meet.

What do you love most about sewing garments: My body flaws are no longer  limits- a store size bias cannot hold me back from the styles and trends I’d like to try.

What do you hate most about sewing Garments: Oh, patterns are evil- tracing, marking, notching, etc. Blech. Bring on the handling of fabrics and the joy of seeing a sleeve appear!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regards to the challenge? I want to be fearless and push myself. Locally I have no sewing inspiration- I want the test.

Your Biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I’d like to push my jobs boundaries and get more involved.

What are your favorite sewing, fashion blogs: The Royal order of Sartorial Splendour, Fahr Trade, Puu’s Door of Time- so many more!!

And now….a little safari trip with Bette Davis I made in November when the weather was just started to get big cat worthy:

The Facts

Fabric: a Lush cheetah hprint corduroy that was even on sale!
Pattern: Simplicity 2174- the most convertible dress ever!
Year: 2011 this was my first winter frock
Notions: a seriously unnecessary zipper and 2 fab buttons- just for show
Time to Complete: 4 days- with lots of pauses- lots of hem avoidance!
First Worn: Surgical Services meeting- it was a chilly morn!
Wear Again: I love this- its swishy and even a little flashy for corduroy- I wear it whenever a cheetah is most needed!

Total Price: .99 pattern, 6 yards of endangered corduroy on sale at Hancock, 2 very fun buttons from the big fabric sale in Iva- about $15. Less than Bette would have paid!





Prttynpnk lives with her overly indulgent husband their 3 orange cats and 3 dachshunds. Much creativity and merriment ensues.