Hey, there, preening pumas! Hope you are all well! After finishing my coat project, I was in the mood for a simple sew, and I also wanted to get in on the Jungle January fun. I’ve been LOVING all the fun animal-print projects populating my blogroll these days– keep up the good work, duders!
This leopard-print sweater knit has been hanging out in my stash for a while, and I knew as soon as Jungle January 2 was announced that I wanted to bring it fabric to life! I bought it at Fabrics for Less for some crazy low price, but this is reallllly similar, if you fancy a gaudy garment as well. The pattern was an obvious choice, too. It’s the new (and FREE!) Deer & Doe Plantain T-shirt— go and download it, if you haven’t already!
Now I know what you’re thinking. “Ginger, this is pretty deplorably tacky, but, somehow, I expected you to bring it a little harder during Jungle January”. I’m sorry, guys, but I decided to exercise a little restraint and keep things classy.
JUST KIDDING, I DOUBLED DOWN ON THE HOT PINK ANIMAL PRINT. Look at these truckerlovin’ elbow patches!!!!! Hot pink tiger!!!!!!! This fabric came from Girl Charlee (here’s a similar fabric, although I’m sure the one I ordered two years ago is long gone) and was part of a failed garment a while back (tried to make up a woven pattern in a slouchy knit, ended up with Sharpie all over the fabric, tears were shed, etc.). When the inspiration struck to work this into the top, I tried to calm myself and use basic black for the elbow patches, but I thought to myself, “What would Anne and Heather do?” and then I forged ahead with my unholy animal-print union.
Let’s talk about the pattern for a second. It’s basically the quickest thing in the world to sew, everything matches up nicely, and, again, it’s FREE! It’s a departure from my usual style (not sure I’ve ever worn anything with a scoop-neck), so I don’t need a whole closet full of these or anything, but it looks like something my mom and sister would wear all the time, so I’m planning several versions for them.
Luckily I overcame my fear of twin-needling when I was making the Romy Anorak, so it was a breeze to hem. The only difference was that I needed to lower my tension allllll the way down to avoid tunneling between the stitch lines when I sewed on this sweater knit. That’s it! I used my walking foot and a ballpoint needle for the bulk of construction, which worked well.
I get really happy whenever I look at these silly elbow patches and I feel like a sort of human nacho dip when I have this on– I’M BRINGING THE PARTY, PEOPLE! Also, my hubsy-wubsy HATES this, so it will be fun to wear in a sort of gleefully antagonistic way. Anyway, thanks again to Anne for unleashing the Jungle January beasts, and to Eléonore for the pattern! Now, what are you guys sewing? Have you made this pattern? Are you playing along with Jungle January 2?