Kitty Cat Border Print Wrap Shorts

I try to steer clear of juvenile fabrics since I’m in my *cough* late 30′s and don’t want to appear like I’m desperately hanging on to my youth, but this fabric just begged me to buy it. It’s a purple and red cat print bamboo twill from Moodfabric.com, and is still available as of this morning. Mood labeled it as being a “Famous Designer” fabric but I’ll just spill the beans and tell you it’s from Anna Sui. It’s long and thin with a border of maroon and red stripes and I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Inspiration hit while perusing the Burdastyle pattern book and I settled on a wrap shorts style, 6771.

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I ended up needing all three of the panels I bought. These are a few inches shorter then the original design due to the narrowness of the print. I cut a size 38/12 and made no adjustments for fit.

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I finished the edges and pre-washed my fabric so that I could wear these guilt free during the hot Texas summer. This bamboo twill is thin and mostly opaque. I’m living dangerously and will have to avoid getting my picture taken with bright flashes but I really didn’t want to add a lining or underlining. Time will tell if I regret my decision.

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I had to carefully line up the cats at the center front and back seams, but there are no side seams to worry about so that was nice. These kitties do like to change their direction from time to time.

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I used an invisible zipper at the back and cut my facings from a remnant of lavender lining. All exposed edges were finished with the overlocking stitch on my sewing machine. The hems are all narrow and topstitched carefully.

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Mood has a yellow color way of this exact print that I was tempted to get instead (as I love all things yellow) but I am trying to branch out and add other colors to my closet. I’m proud of myself for finding a way to use this unusual fabric, but I can’t tell you how many interesting border prints I have in my stash that I’m still scratching my head about how to use. I have a hard time passing up unique fabrics.

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Comments


  • carolyn roemer
    July 7, 2016

    Cute, cute, Such a creative way to use a border print. Who said animal prints are for kids?

  • Renee
    July 7, 2016

    I’m sorry I most likely missed this. The pattern, is it for sale? I can copy a pattern but not draw from how I believe it should be on my own.

    • Amanda S.
      July 13, 2016

      It’s Burda 6771, and still in print as far as I can tell. I think it’s a pretty new pattern.

  • Fiona
    July 8, 2016

    Ah I’m so excited to see that you used this fabric! I’ve been eyeing it up for so long, it was calling to me to but I had no idea what to use it for! You’ve found the perfect thing to take advantage of the panels

    • Amanda S.
      July 13, 2016

      Thanks Fiona! It’s an Anna Sui print, so if you do a Google image search for it, you can see what she made. Might get the creative juices flowing.

  • Lisa
    July 8, 2016

    These turned out great! You did an awesome job. Love the fabric.

  • Ann T.
    July 8, 2016

    Purr-fect! Great use of a delightful border print.

  • Irene
    July 8, 2016

    Wonderful shorts! Perfect for the hot weather. Everyone needs something in their closet that puts a smile on their face, and I’ll bet these do it for you.

    • Amanda S.
      July 13, 2016

      Yes, you are right. I like a bit of whimsy every now and then. Thanks Irene!

  • Yve
    July 9, 2016

    Love this lady’s fabric choices. She has the natural glamour of the real film stars like Rita Hayworth and has reminded me just how awful the shop clothes are these days. Given me the kick to get sewing again.

  • sallie
    July 11, 2016

    Amazing job, Amanda! This is such a perfect use for this panel print! The shorts look so nice and breezy too, which I’m sure will be perfect for the hot Texas summers!! Lovely!

    • Amanda S.
      July 13, 2016

      Thanks Sallie! I loved the dress you made in the yellow color way. It took a lot of self control not to order it as well.

  • Lori
    July 11, 2016

    Those are such fun shorts, you look great.