Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Leopard top and Lots of Options

Oh, Pinterest, I love you for inspiration!  Don't you like having the fabric and a bit of an idea for that fabric, then head over to Pinterest to see about that idea and you get the perfect idea.

I like it even better when the Pinterest plan/inspiration comes together liked you planned.

Well, that is what I did with this gorgeous Style Maker Fabrics' Leopard Rayon Challis and I found this pin.  It was just wanted I wanted, something a bit casual for this challis.  The knit neckband and sleeve bands were perfect for a bit of casual to this chic print.

I used black knit ribbing from stash to go with the Leopard Challis.

The pattern - Grainline Scout Tee and here are my changes

1.  I left the body the same but shortened by one inch with a 1-1/2 inch hem
2.  Measured the pattern neckline, subtracted the seam allowances and cut the ribbing at about 6 inches shorter than this measurements.  I usually experiment with this length by stitching up the seam of the ribbing and then pin it to the neckline.  I like to have the ribbing stretch, this seems to pull the neckline close to the body.
3.  I measured from my shoulder edge to the length I wanted the sleeve.  With this measurement, I lengthened the sleeve.
4.  My ribbing for the sleeve is 3 inches smaller than the bottom of the sleeve
5.  The ribbing for the neckband and sleevebands was cut 2-1/2" wide

As I have been doing, I want to see how many outfits I can make with my new garment.

The first is similar to the Pinterest one, distressed jeans and booties

Second - throw on my moto jacket

Third is my McCall's 7445 culottes

Fourth - these Simplicity 8401 pants - not sure I like this one too much

Fifth, this Nita Wrap Skirt

And last - black jeans and RTW cardigan

This was a fun project and quick but it has lots of possibilities for my wardrobe!  Which outfit is your favorite?


  1. I like the first outfit and the last one best. Really cute with the cardigan.

  2. I love all the ways you've styled this -- I also adore leopard print. I think I like the last outfit best but then I do love a good cardie. Pinterest is fun for inspo - but so is your blog right here :)

  3. You looking absolutely incredible. this tops was suites you very well. and the fabric was also good. nice to see you. I found some excellent fabrics from Fabrics World USA in NYC near me which was a nice weight, not too beefy.