Hot! The “Lilly Alligator” Dress

The Facts

Fabric: 2 yards Lilly Pulitzer “Alberta Gator” cotton, $38 last year from ebay; 2 yards cotton lawn, $16 from
Pattern: McCall 4440 (5th use, $0)
Year: 2004 (out-of-print)
Notions: Invisible zipper, $0.58 from Atlanta Thread Company (now Wawak); vintage linen lace, $9.25 for 3 yards from ebay, vintage nylon lace from stash
Time to complete: 5 hours or so
First worn:
June, out to lunch and running around the local campus
Wear again?
Yes! This has our planned Florida vacation written all over it.
Total cost: still a huge savings at ~$64 (compared to $200 – $300 for rtw Lilly Pulitzer)

Considering a dive in the University’s fountain – the temp was over 100F!

When I saw this challenge, my mind immediately went to camping and fishing.  This was odd because I’m not one for either activity so, the theme had me stumped.  Luckily, a certain clever someone reminded me of the quirky dress I had started some time ago for the Pantone challenge (before I was distracted by that wild floral).

The fabric is by Lilly Pulitzer, and in the designer’s usual fashion, it is covered in cutesy outdoors images.  In this case, flowers and alligators.  I had ordered this eccentric fabric last year for our Memorial Day trip to New Orleans but, when I couldn’t find the right color zipper or any lace I liked, I decided to stash it. (I’ve since found a suitable zipper and my lovely blog readers helped me pick the dot lace trim.)

McCall 4440 is definitely my most tried-and-true sundress pattern. I made three dresses from it last year and always planned to use it for this fabric as well. It was quite refreshing working with a TNT pattern for this challenge. Rather than jumping into the unknown as I have so frequently lately, I knew this pattern inside and out. All necessary alterations had been made and it’s such an easy pattern to sew, I could have done it in my sleep! (Which I practically did given our household’s very odd but, thankfully temporary, schedule.)  I’m quite pleased with it and can’t help smiling every time I see this silly print hanging in my closet. I’m sure it will always put me in a good mood when I wear it.  I’m grateful as always to Sew Weekly for pushing me to finish it and thanks to all of you for your continued encouragement!

See you next week! x



Jennifer took up sewing in 2008 as a new hobby after a move. Now, with endless ideas running through her head, she's making an effort to fill hers and her fiance's closets with custom clothing.


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  1. Love your dress. Looks so cool and comfortable.

  2. Great lace accent on the dress. It fits perfect!

  3. Very cute. You’ve done an excellent job of framing this unusual print with this very flattering fitted summer dress. I love the lace trim you added too.

  4. Super cute dress Jennifer and a super awesome saving. Glad to see you managed to finish her she looks great.

  5. Cute dress! I wish you would have taken a close up photo of the fabric. Would have loved to see those crocodiles.

    • Thanks! Oh, I wish I had thought of that. The alligators are so cute. When I get around to posting this one on my blog, I’ll be sure to add a close-up.

  6. That looks such a pretty sundress, the curves suit you so well.