Friends, do you remember the leopard print pants I made at precisely this time last year? Oh, if I had a dollar for every time some stranger emailed me asking if I would make them a pair of these pants, I'd have enough to buy a large coffee from Starbucks with muffin!
Well, I was fabric shopping/wandering aimlessly in the Garment District yesterday, and at my new favorite craptastic fabric store, Nahir (renown for its grumpy owner, lousy service, and unpredictable prices), I found this stretch denim leopard print -- in a vivid cherry overdye -- for just $2.99/yd (from a 60" bolt)!
Now you might be wondering why, with all the wonderful fabric stores at my disposal, I should frequent a place like Nahir. Friends, I can't explain it; I like a challenge, I guess. What's the fun of going to a place like B&J and finding exactly what you're looking for? You'd never be looking for cherry stretch denim leopard print in the first place, so you'd never find it. Do you know what I mean?
Wait -- could this be cheetah?
For me, fabric this loud and (let's face it) tacky has strong associations, none of which I will share with you. But if you told me it was a remnant from the Material Girl line at Macy's or something that fell off the Forever 21 delivery truck, I wouldn't be at all surprised.
That said, it's fun, and the price was right. So today I'm deciding what to do with it. I'm leaning toward jeans, but I don't know...maybe it calls for something wilder, like a hooded jumpsuit!
In any case, as you can see, this is the week of the mindless sewing project. Nothing of substance till 2012 -- though you never know when inspiration will strike.
Speaking of inspiration, I bit the bullet and bought this Simplicity dance hall girl pattern. It has some cool elements I think will be useful down the line, even if I never do an homage to Angela Lansbury in The Harvey Girls.
Friends, that's all for today. If you have strong feelings pro or con about a man in leopard print stretch jeans, please let me know. I think, paired with a simple white dress shirt, it could work. Or no shirt at all.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!