i never cared much about animal prints. ESPECIALLY leopards. when i got chickenpox only a few years ago, it was so bad and i was left with scars all over my body that made me look like a leopard. haha. ever since then, my husband & i started making jokes about buying pink leopard print cushion covers or blankets, just to cheer me up. but mind you, we never actually did.
the scars eventually started to fade away. some are still quite visible here and there, but anyway, the leopard joke continued on.
and then i saw Kenzo SS13 collection. i could’ve dissed it like any other animal print trends over the years, but the way they made it look fun and cartoony (meaning: not trying to actually look like real animal skin) made me feel like they are joining in in my husband’s & my jokes.
so when i saw the perfect fabric, i decided to give it a try. after all, i know leopard print would look good on me, since i already saw myself with my chickenpox scars. 😀
a few days after i finished sewing this, & Other Stories posted their leopard/zebra sweater on their website. this time, i swear i didn’t copy them! 😉
anyway, that fabric was just a great find! at first, when i was thinking of making some Kenzo-inspired sweater, i thought if i was lucky enough i’d probably land myself a crazy-coloured leopard print knit fabric… like in pink or purple. didn’t think i would get THIS lucky to find a leopard print AND peacock print in one knit fabric! 😀 so i call this sweater “Peapard”, from peacock and leopard. ha!
since the print itself is already crazy enough, i decided to just make a simple sweater out of it. i used a combination of pattern no. 123 and 124 of the April 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine.
since i don’t have serger/overlocker, i tend to avoid sewing stretchy fabrics like jersey and knits. but the coolest prints usually come in those fabrics, so i sometimes gave in and tried sewing them anyway. this was the first time i sew this kind of acrylic/polyamide knit fabric, and i must say, the sleeve cuffs and hem were tricky to do. but nevertheless i succeeded, and am so proud of the result!
but that’s not all with the animals. there are also some chickens. okay, they’re not wild, but can’t you imagine chickens running around freely in villages, or, well, small towns?
no? maybe i’m just too full of imaginations. because that’s what came to my mind when i saw 2 of my old fabrics in my closet. i bought the other one so many years ago, and the other one around last year, and seeing them together now just created another crazy idea in my head.
yep. a boxy (and oversized) blouse with small town/village and chicken prints, combined. seriously, would anyone even wear this, NOT to a kindergarten? *raises hand* i know, i think i’ve lost my mind as well.
it’s just that i had wanted to make simple blouses/shirts from these two fabrics, and then i figured… why not just make one with long sleeves? since neither of the fabrics were long enough for long-sleeved blouse, i had to combine them. the pattern that made me even consider about making such a blouse was this, number 127 B from the May 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine.
it didn’t seem that bad when i was making it. only after it was done and i tried it on did i see the problem: it was way too big. and i actually used the smallest size. the picture of the pattern made me believe that it wasn’t as big as it actually is. but oh well, it was done and i really didn’t want to start making it smaller on the sides and the sleeves… so i just cut the shoulder parts a bit to make some peep holes.
it seemed like a good idea at the time, but as i tried it on again, it made me feel like i’m wearing a Card Captor Sakura cosplay costume. gah. but WHAT-E-V-E-R.
wearing it with normal-looking trousers makes me look a bit more sane, thankfully.
hmm. i shall try wearing it outside the house and see how many stares i get from people. that should be fun. 😉
PS. the top most picture/collage and the images from Burda Style magazines are not mine. they are borrowed for my personal use only and with no bad intentions.