I knew my fall wardrobe needed something big and leopard, finding just the right fabric was easy while shopping online at MoodsFabrics.com. I just put “leopard” into the search box and ta-da!, up popped this fabulous fabric: Italian Leopard-Print Stretch Cotton Canvas
The pattern was an easy on for me to pick, Vogue 8884, which I had made for a spring coat back on this Mood Sewing Network post. I used the same construction techniques from the spring coat and knew the fit was good. That is such a benefit when using a pattern again.
I’ve read that “leopard is the new neutral” and I thoroughly agree with this. My jacket will go with so many things in my fall and winter wardrobe. I can dress it up, dress it down but this leopard jacket will give whatever I pick a classy look.
I saw many leopard coats on Pinterest and like how they look with jeans, sweater and pearls, so that is how I styled mine for today
This fabric does have quite a bit of stretch, so when I made my buttonholes I used a corded buttonhole to help the buttonholes keep their shape.
Now let’s talk about the lining. You can see a peak of it here, thanks to the fall breeze:
It is Mood Fabrics’ Mandarin Silk Crepe de Chine . Talk about a treat! This fabric feels so fabulous and Mood has many colors to choose from. I went with the mandarin for that fall feel and I like how it looks with the leopard, but remember leopard is the new neutral and it will go with anything!
Now for a full view of this lining:
My coat will be worn so much this fall. Doesn’t it look good with the work truck in the background?!
Or, with all the fall foliage around. I have to show this picture below, because it is the prettiest this tree has ever looked:
Have a happy fall and hope you sew something leopard!