3. Pu-ma n.: A woman in her sexual prime between the ages of 30-39 who prefers to date younger men. The term “puma” does not apply to women before their 30s, and should never be confused with the titles “Cougar” (ages 40-49) and “Jaguar” (ages 50+).
OK, so it’s really more leopard than Puma, but I’m not old enough to be a Cougar…
Pumas enjoy variety: alternate styling!
Oh God, please spare all from the wrath of the Puma.
A snowy Wisconsin back yard is highly appropriate for Jungle January.
Though, this dress made me feel like I should be hanging out on the Jersey shore…
Photo credit: Posh 24
Turns out, all that separates us from the savages is sleeves. Thank goodness for sleeves.
Sometimes the cat-like tendencies come off a little apathetic. Though, there’s nothing more cat-like than apathy.
Holy leopard print! Holy white-ass legs! You totally thought I was wearing tights or pantyhose. Nope.
It’s really all in the details.
I had originally envisioned McCall’s 5752 for this dress, but after opening it up, I realized it bears many construction similarities to Vogue 8825, which I made last year. I love that dress, but I wanted to try something a little different. I just hit the fabric store last week for new patterns and happened to come home with McCall’s 6713:
I quickly decided that view D (AKA Winter’s friend) would become my contribution to Jungle January.
I knew that I would need to do something in the way of a full bust adjustment (FBA), based on the way some of my past knit garments have fit. So, I started out using the approach shown here. However, since this pattern has a bodice lining (weird, right?) with a dart, and a dartless bodice, I quickly realized that I had no idea how to accurately alter them separately so they fit together. Especially given the approach here, which seems sound (in a wrap bodice you need to adjust bust fullness to the opposite side of the pattern as well). So instead, I did a cheat FBA – added 1/2″ to the bottom edge of the middle bust and trued in to the side seams. Works for me!
The whole thing went together fairly quickly, based on how many pieces there were to it (5 or 6 hours in total). Of course, I would’ve saved some time if I hadn’t sewn the motherf*ckin’ sleeve INSIDE OUT:
Speaking of the inside, here it is:
And because I think it really tops the whole thing off, here’s the color thread I used for the sewing machine:
So, there you go. A whole lot of Puma, constructed with gramma sock and cougar red thread. Rawr!