Look one: Simplicity 6820 (1966), fabric c/o Style Maker Fabrics
Y'all, I love leopard. I know that some people wear leopard print year round, but for some reason I just think it deserves that perfectly autumnal combination of glamour and coziness. Spring can have its preppy florals, and summer can have its nautical stripes, but fall means leopard! (That leaves winter with, um, three months of solid black.)
As part of the Style Maker Fabrics fall style blog tour, Michelle generously allowed us to pick a couple of fabrics to showcase our fall style, and probably thought I was totally crazy when I picked two leopard prints--but how could I choose when they were both so perfect! The first is this gorgeous sweater knit--it's 100% poly but it is so soft and snuggly. The second is a beautiful drapey rayon.
@_amandajbrown_ on instagram mentioned during "print or solid" day for #sewphotohop that her general rule is "Sew a print to let the fabric shine, sew a solid and let the pattern shine" which I think is a great way to think about it (although she also said that rules are made to be broken!). I decided to let the great leopard prints shine here and picked a couple of simple patterns, one vintage and one new! In addition to showcasing the great Style Maker Fabrics, it also showcases how versatile leopard print can be. Right? Right??
The dress is Simplicity 6820, a "Jiffy" pattern from 1966. I'm thrilled with how this pattern showcases the fabric and I expect this will be a tried and true pattern for me--I love it! I cut a bit off the bottom and shortened the sleeves, but otherwise, this is unchanged. You can see it is quite voluminous without something to cinch the waist, but looks equally cute with the self-fabric sash or a coordinating belt. I love this look for work or play and since the soft, swishy rayon is the perfect pair to this pattern, I immediately went to check out the rest of the Style Maker Fabrics rayon selection.
The top is the Seamwork Elmira, a sweet ballerina-style wrap sweater. I was a bit reluctant to use a Seamwork pattern as I'm frankly unimpressed with many of their samples, but the example they had for this one was really nice. Luckily it turned out wonderfully! This one in sweater knit is lovely and cozy, perfect for wrapping up in with a book and a cup of cocoa. I've been wearing mine with a black tank and my Sewaholic leggings (seen here) or my black cigarette pants, but it would also look great over a full skirted dress in a coordinating solid. I'm thinking I need a black version of Simplicity 4475 which I just made in navy... (That would be version #4... another tried and true pattern!)
Thank you to Style Maker Fabrics for providing the fabric for this post. Be sure to check out all the other fall looks--there's a great line up of participants. Next up, Erica!
ps: my husband asked if i would be wearing them together, or maybe with my leopard print coat? and the answer is no.
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