Going wild for leopard print

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Hi there lovely readers! I hope you are well. Please excuse the pun in the title – it had to be done!

I was a bit apprehensive about posting this one as it’s the first home-sewn piece I’ve chosen to feature on the blog so far. But that also makes this quite a special moment!

So without further ado, here it is… my home-made leopard print bias skirt! What do you think?

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You may already have guessed my inspiration for this piece. This kind of floaty leopard print skirt was a huge fashion trend last year… or wait, make that two years ago (Hey, this is a slow fashion blog, right? 😉 ). The most coveted version was this one by Realisation Par. This design is so simple but so elegant and beautifully wearable. You can instantly see how it became such a big hit. But with a price tag of £175.00, it slightly exceeded my budget! I am all for investing in life-long wardrobe staples such as this, so I would recommend picking it up if you love it. But alternatively, you can very easily make one for yourself at home.

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Enter the Evie Bias Skirt pattern by Tessuti Patterns. This is honestly quite possibly the easiest pattern I’ve ever made. If you’re new to sewing, this would be a great place to start. It only has two pattern pieces and two seams. Then you just add the waistband and hem – and you’re done. It really doesn’t get much simpler than that. The trickiest part is cutting the fabric on the bias, so that you get the nice flowing drape you want from this design. But there is info on this in the pattern & online. It’s easy once you know how!

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I have to say, I’ve worn this skirt so much! The texture creates a great contrast against a nice chunky knit jumper. So it’s a simple way to glam things up over winter, when a chunky knit is what you reach for pretty much every day. Thanks to the elastic waist, it’s unbelievably comfortable and it looks like you’ve made more effort that you really have. That’s probably the biggest selling point a piece of clothing can offer for me!

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This leopard fabric I found from Stoff & Stil is a bit different from the Realisation Par print, but I chose it for it’s lovely crepe texture. That means it wasn’t too slippery to sew with, but it’s still nice and floaty. So I’d really recommend it if you plan to try it yourself.

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I’ve styled my skirt here with this relaxed T-shirt from Joanie Clothing and a pair of chunky lace-up boots. I often wear it with a jumper in moody navy or khaki green and a pair of trainers, or style it for a night out with a black tee, layered necklaces and heels.

You may also have seen the trend for silky bias skirts in chic pastel colours, which has been all over the high street over the past few years. Again, this is a really stylish look and something which could have a secure place in your wardrobe for years to come!

So, as you may have seen in my #MakeNine 2020 post, I’m going to be attempting this pattern again this year in more of a silky fabric. In terms of colour, I’m thinking a pale sage green or pearly pink. The slippery finish will definitely be more challenging to sew, so I’ll let you know how I get on with it. Watch this space!

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Alice xx

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