Animal prints can look either sexy or sleazy. More on latter in many cases. That is why I have been a bit hesitant to start a sewing project on this leopard like animal print fabric which I found at the fabric store a while ago.
Use of an animal print can be very tricky. I obviously did not want to make anything that looks sleazy, but I wanted my project to be more on the “cute” side than “sexy” side. So how do I do that?
In order to make animal print look less sexy, tacky, or sleazy, the design must not be a tight fit to the body, and adding some frills can take some edge off. So my conclusion was to make a peasant / gypsy style top.
I could not find any commercial pattern, and I don’t own any tops to make a pattern out of. So I had to do some guess work.
The beauty of using discount remnant fabric is the guilt free experiment : ) Fabric is 40” (width) x 55” (length) – $1.99 CAD
I cut a part that becomes a “ruffle collar ” that goes all around the neck. I fold ½” inside, stitched, and run a thin rubber band(30″) in it. Then I realized I needed to double the length to make my collar look more frilly. So I cut one more of the same size piece.
I cut out two ruffle collar pieces, front, and back pieces. (Front and back pieces are outlined by laying one of my existing tops)
Connect two ruffle collar pieces by stitching to make one big circle. Fold ½” inward on the edge, stitch all around to make a loop to run through a rubber band(30”).
The collar looks like this when you finish running through the rubber band.
Lay the front piece on back piece, right sides facing. Stitch the side seams.
Fold the arm hole hem allowance to wrong side and stitch ¾” from upper edges.
Turn front and back pieces inside out and attach the wrong side of ruffle collar to the right side of front and back. Stitch over the wrapped neck part in front and back. Finish lower edges of front and back allowances together.
I should have done this earlier, but I also finished the lower edges of the collar.
Now you can show off your sexy back without being too sexy with this leopard print top…ha ha ha.