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. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!