Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Leopard Simplicity 1666: Cat Lady Sewing Challenge #2



And now for something completely different... my second entry into the Cat Lady Sewing Challenge!


This time, with 100% fewer creepy vintage cats and 100% more leopard print goodness.
Thanks to Erin for such a fun sewing challenge!


This is my second iteration of the Lisette Attache peplum blouse (also known as Simplicity 1666)... love it!  I wear my first one all the time and decided it was high time I made a new one.


Same approach to sewing the blouse I took for my first: skipped the zip (cut the back piece on the fold, minus seam allowance), tiny hem to maintain the length (I considered lengthening it just slightly but decided it might be a pain to lengthen it across all the bodice pieces), bias tape neckline instead of facings (I like the sleekness of bias tape). 

Love the shape of this blouse! Must make the dress version at some point, too.


The fabric: It's yellow, it's leopard, and it's totally outside of my comfort zone. 

And yet I couldn't leave it behind. In fact, I walked away from it after fondling it for several minutes, but ended up looping back around to buy it several hours later. Couldn't get it out of my head!  

It's a quilting-weight cotton print from Belleboo fabric here in Bangkok.


The verdict on the fabric + pattern combo: awesome. Leopard is a bold step for me as far as prints go, but I dig it. I was worried it might veer into trashy territory, but I think it's maintained its classy/cool edge.  What are your thoughts on leopard print?


Bonus cat pic since you made it to the bottom of the post. My cats love lizard stalking:


8 comments:

  1. This is so awesome! I love the print and the pattern looks great on you. :) Yay cat lady sewing challenge!

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    1. Thanks, Andie!! And I second your "Yay!"...

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  2. Completely cute! I love it! Nice to,see that pattern made up...I've debated about it in the past....perhaps I need to jus t make it up already!

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    1. Thanks! I definitely recommend the pattern... I'm excited to make the dress version next!

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  3. This looks fantastic! Perfect paired with a pencil skirt but I bet it looks great with jeans too. I think the print looks great on you too! Woohoo for crazy cat ladies!!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Yeah, I bet it would look cute with jeans, too... hopefully it will cool off enough here in Bangkok in the next few months for me to wear them!

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  4. Oh what a great look! And yes, very different for you. I have leopard print shoes and I'm never sure if they are too trashy. What accessories are you going to wear with it??

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    1. Thanks, Colleen! I think leopard print shoes = sweet. Just the right amount of leopard. Hmm, accessories. Here I am just wearing silver hoops to keep it simple. Any other ideas?

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