I’ve never seen an animal that looks like that!

Ahoy there! Happy Jungle January

almond rock jungle january jersey dress


I’m not sure this qualifies for Jungle January because I’ve seriously never seen an animal that looks like that.

almond rock jungle january jersey dress

I got this jersey fabric from the Regency Rags ebay store, but it did have a tag of “animal print” on it.

I love RR. I’ve bought loads from them since Sarah got me onto them so expect to see their name a bit more going forward. They have so much lush viscose and crepe plus great printed jersey!

The dress is another dixie diy ballet dress (yes sorry I’ll stop soon) with a circle skirt added (cos circle skirts are dah bomb and aint too bad to hem in knit).

almond rock jungle january jersey dress

Add a couple of midi-sleeves and easy peasy it’s a new dress!

If you can name the animal that this looks like you’ll impress me massively.

I wore the dress to my Dad’s 60th birthday party. This was actually the party two of three because my Dad is like a party king. When I get to 60 I might follow his lead and have a month of parties too.

almond rock jungle january jersey dressI went over on Friday to help set up but my parents had already done a lot of work. I helped make enough sandwiches to feed an army.

Mum made an epic spread: four types of sandwiches, choux filled with salmon and mackerel mousse, prawns on toast, Victoria sponges with strawberry cream, chocolate ganache cakes, chocolate chip brownies, fruit cake with cheese, crisps, lemon syllabub, plus I brought fruit scones and a family friend made a carrot cake.

almond rock jungle january jersey dress

almond rock jungle january jersey dress

almond rock jungle january jersey dress

Add to that 12 bottles of bubbly and about 50 house guests and we were in business!

I’ve got to show you the Birthday cake as well. I might have mentioned my Mum makes cakes for a living.

Here are my dad’s four favourite things in one photo: 1) Golf, 2) Fishing, 3) Hull Tigers football club and 4) CAKE.

almond rock jungle january jersey dress

It really was a brilliant day. My Dad was so sweet to wear the shirt I made him to the party. And I got to catch up with lots of people!

My Dad’s actual birthday is this week so hopefully he’ll like the present I got him. No handmade shirt this time.

I’ll be back soon with my finished Sew Over It pussy bow blouse!

(50) Comments

  1. Aw this looks lovely on you! I can’t name the print, or the animal, I’m afraid, but I can see how it would qualify for the “jungle” January.

    In fact, I was wondering if my own dress would qualify… It looks vaguely jungle-ish, but I face a similar dilemma.. What do you think?!

    Also, it looks like a fabulous party!! The cakes look absolutely delicious.

    1. almondrock says:

      It totally looks a bit snakeskin like, I love it

  2. Lovely dress. Happy birthday to your dad. What a great spread and cake!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! It’s tricky living with mum. There’s always cakey temptation!

  3. That is some spread, looks so tasty! I love all your lady skater dresses and I can definitely see this fabric as animal-like but just not sure what animal!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! Skater dresses are very satisfying to make. I’m thinking it’s a alligator butterfly hybrid…

  4. Cute dress. That style is so easy to wear. And I am soooooo impressed with your mums spread! Amazing.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It’s super comfy. Mum works magic in the kitchen.

  5. You look like the mockingjay! Lovely dress and that cake (and the whole spread) looks delicious!

    1. almondrock says:

      Ahaha brilliant!! Going to tell my other half that. Thanks!

  6. Looks animal enough to me 🙂 Would comment more on your dress, but the cakes far too distracting! Wow, your mum did a great job!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! My mum is a cake wizard. Plus we get to help taste test. Mmm yummy

  7. I think that looks like some kind of badass snake print myself. Happy birthday Papa T, and nice work on the cake there Amy’s mum as well! What a talented bunch you all are! xx

    1. almondrock says:

      Ooh yeah that makes me look a kind of badass snake print wearing biker thug. I like it. In reality I’m like a wimpy field mouse heheh. Mum’s a cake magician, it’s always made for good birthdays!

  8. Love that title! I reckon this could count as snake-like, or a black & white bird. I reckon it’s a Black & White Warbler print:)

    1. almondrock says:

      A bird! That’s clever. Like mottled feathers! Thanks

  9. Wow Amy. We know where you get all your creativity from!

    1. almondrock says:

      Hahah I’m sure she’d agree

  10. Your photos are making me very hungry. Wow what a spread your Mum put on. Great dress too, loving the snakeskin print.

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! Mum knows how to feed an army. It was all delish!!

  11. These photos… It looks SO delicious, now I’m hungry. What a great spread! 🙂
    And your dress is stunning! The shape is perfect on you and the fabric is just incredibly amazing!! 🙂 Good job. I love it!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thank you! It was so tasty. I was hoping for leftovers but most of it was eaten! I love this shape of dress and so comfy

  12. Agreed, that food looks yummy! I think it’s a snake print or some kind of black and white close up of a butterfly wing, repeated lots haha. I wonder how the fabric designer comes up with it?

    1. almondrock says:

      Haha maybe they had some kind of traumatic woodland experience!? Butterfly is a good suggestion

  13. bimbleandpimble says:

    Ohhh! A mystery animal! I wonder what it could be? And what a lovely spread- it makes me hungry just looking at it!

    1. almondrock says:

      Alligator/magpie/butterfly hybrid!? I’d be scared to meet it in the wild!

  14. Your dress is cute but the cake is my favourite piece in this post! 😀

    1. almondrock says:

      Heehee thanks! I’ll let mum know. She always wows me.

  15. […] Shall we pass the binoculars around? Ever see a Gator Skater? Show ‘em Amy! […]

  16. That print definitely looks reptilian. Love it and love your dress. That food looks mighty fine too.

    1. almondrock says:

      Ohh yeah like a gothic alligator heehee. Love that idea

  17. Great dress, though I’m with you in not having ever seen an animal with those markings! 😀 looks fantastic though. Oh and that cake is amazing!

    1. almondrock says:

      Hehe it would be a fearsome beast to encounter! My mum is a cake wizard!

  18. Lovely dress, and great spread! Happy birthday to your dad!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks so much!!

  19. I love this print on you! It’s so sassy! And WOW, that cake! And the party! Yum!

    1. almondrock says:

      Thanks! It’s eye bogglingly fun. I can definitely say it was yum!

  20. Happy birthday Amy’s dad! (And what a talented mum you have!)
    I think your dress looks a bit like snake/reptile skin so, yeah, qualifies for JJ

    1. Why do smiley face emoticons not show up on here?! There was one in there I promise!
      🙂 🙂 🙂

      1. almondrock says:

        Haha its old school and you have to type them in as characters to appear, like the ones you did above!

    2. almondrock says:

      Thank you! She’s a real cake magician, it wows me regularly. Happy to be a snake in the grass in this dress 🙂

  21. There must be a butterfly with this pattern on – there are so many! I bought some fabric from Regency rags a few months ago and was amazed how decent it was for so cheap. I’ve been trying to work out if they have an actual shop in Cheltenham or not too…

    1. almondrock says:

      Butterfly is a great shout. Or a moody moth! It’s a great shop. I’ve got loads lately. It’d be brilliant if they had an actual shop because I only wish they’d show the scale of the prints in their photos.

  22. I can see where you get your ‘joy of life’ from. Love your dress.

    1. almondrock says:

      Aww how sweet. I’ll pass that on!

  23. Emilia says:

    I love the dress, you look beautiful. But your mom sounds like an incredible cook. Would she share her recipes? My husband is going to be 60 this year!!!

  24. Emilia says:

    Trying again: any chance your mother would share her amazing recipes? Please…

    1. almondrock says:

      Hi Emilia, I can ask!

      1. Emilia says:

        Thanks! Tell your mother my husband is going to be 60 this year! He is a wonderful man and I’d love to surprise him with something nice. (Your father is lucky: talented wife, talented daughter.)

      2. I still hope she might agree to share at least some of the recipes one day…

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