So apparently leopard is really trendy this fall… I can tell because I’ve been seeing enough of it that I really want more! And then my coworker asked if I could teach her how to sew – and the first thing she wants to make is a leopard skirt!
I’d never worn animal prints until my first time participating in Jungle January back in 2013! Since then, I’ve taken a deep dive into leopard, which I thought would be fun to round up here before I go sew some more!
First, the early makes that have worn out, no longer fit, or have been passed on to someone else:
2013: Leopard Lola! I loved this dress so much that last year a bought a similar black-and-turquoise double knit so that I can recreate this in my current size!
2014: Plantain with a huge cowl neckline. I loved this one too! I still wear it as pyjamas/lounge clothes. The rayon double knit is super cosy!
2016: I wore this coral swing dress a fair bit… and then wore it more once I shortened it into a tank! Now it’s pyjamas because the rayon fabric is faded and pilled. I think I have more of this fabric in the stash though!
2015: Jalie Bella dress: It’s such a fun shape, but I never loved the hip-and-belly-hugging style, especially when combined with light-weight rayon knit. I can’t remember if I’ve given this away or it’s sitting unworn somewhere. I did have two other items in this print though – a tank that got worn until it was stained, and a Jalie dolman top that… where is that top? Given away or worn out, I assume.
Now for some clothes that are still in rotation!
2015: Renfrew sweater: This one has held up surprisingly well for a polyester sweaterknit! It got progressively shorter, and I ended up putting a 6″ hem band on to lengthen it when I happened to find the same fabric again later!
2017: Pussybow Concord: This actually began life as a mini dress, and was immediately refashioned because it was way too short! I made Kristin a Lady Skater dress from this print over the summer, and she thinks of it as snake while I always thought it was leopard… but regardless, it’s animal-print excellence!
2018: You haven’t seen this whole outfit yet, but it’s my tribute to Janelle Monae! Black and white, suit-inspired, and featuring pynk. More on this once it goes up on the Cali Fabrics Blog!
2017: Ombre Ebony: This outfit gets plenty of wear! I love the border print and the rayon is nice to wear in hot weather.
You know, I’m actually quite surprised how little leopard is left in my wardrobe! Half the leopard pieces I’ve sewn have been loved, altered, and worn out over the years! It’s a nice record of the progression of clothes through my closet, from favourites to home clothes to pyjamas before I toss them out, while things that no longer fit get passed on.
When I started this post I thought I might talk myself out of buying any more leopard fabric… but you know? I think I actually need some more! Maybe it’s like stripes – you just can’t have enough. What do you think? What prints/fabrics are mainstays in your wardrobe?