I never thought I would actually be saying this – but I made myself a pair of leopard skinnies. Wheee! Grey leopard is a neutral… right?!
I love seeing people wear funky colored/patterned pants, and while I’ve always wanted to try the look myself, it’s hard to find a good fabric that really calls out to me (*and* is a suitable bottom-weight for pants!). So when I saw this leopard print stretch twill at the Mood Fabrics site, I knew I’d found the perfect piece for a lil’ toe-dipping.
Seriously, though, this twill is pretty awesome. It’s got a nice stretch, but it’s hefty enough so you don’t see any lines underneath – a must if you’re making these into tight pants like I did. The Lycra content keeps the seam allowances from shedding too much – which is good, ’cause this pattern had me going crazy over the fitting, 1″ seam allowances and everything. Not a good time to start unraveling! Since the twill is a brushed cotton, it’s even a little bit fuzzy. Love it!
Sewing this fabric was very straightforward and easy – I didn’t even change my needle, just plowed ahead with what was already in my machine (which turned out to be one of those tiny Microtex needles… oops. Oh well, I guess now we know that a denim needle isn’t an absolute necessity with this particular fabric ;)). Since the fabric is white on the wrong side, I went with white thread and white serged edges so the stitching would be mostly invisible. The waistband is interfaced with a lightweight fusible and faced with the same fabric (I love it when that works out!), and the pants are finished with a black invisible zipper.
For my pattern, I used McCall 6440. This pattern is… ok. I love love love how the finished pants turned out, but it took a bit of tweaking to get to that point. This pattern tends to run pretty big – I sewed mine a couple sizes smaller than what the envelope told me to – so check the finished measurements on the tissue before you start cutting, to make sure you’re not making something that will end up huge when you put it on. On the flip side, this is a pattern for pants-fitting, so there are lots of instructions on tissue fitting, fitting-as-you-go, and construction tips. I’ve personally sewn many many many pairs of pants, but I still managed to pick up some new tips during this sewing process.
Also, check out how high the waist is on these guys. I’m a fan!
My favorite thing about these is how well they go with so many different colors. Red, purple, kelly green, coral – all look good with this pattern. Looks like I might need to go knit shopping soon and make myself some new t-shirts 🙂