The least trashy sheer animal print top in the world!
Well, I did it! I accomplished a great feat today. I made a cute top out of a questionable animal print sheer--and get this: it doesn't scream Janice from Friends or biker bar!!
I got this fabric at JoAnn on the clearance and they had several animal prints to choose from, all $2/yard after the extra sale markdown. I don't usually like animal print, but I was drawn to these, and chose this nice brown zebra-inspired stripe rather than the slightly louder leopard or tiger prints. I was imagining something with tucks and a yoke, a little structure added to the natural feel of the fabric. I used this pattern:
One of those Fashion Runway, create-your-own ones where they act like variations on a simple base pattern is a novel idea. I do like them, usually, though, since I tend to want to create or modify patterns to make them fit the garment I'm imagining. Anyway I used this pattern, with the roundish yoke with four 1/4" tucks on each side, and ruffled bias edge for sleeves (I wanted to do the larger ruffled sleeve but didn't have enough fabric). Here it is:
I think it's meant as a loose top with jeans as I'm wearing it in the picture, but I think it would be cute with a wide belt at the waist and high-waisted pencil skirt.
I don't have a lot of experience sewing on polyester and I have to say this sheer crinkle poly was a NIGHTMARE to work with. Nearly impossible to cut, press, gather, and backstitch on. Only redeeming quality was, since it is so loosely woven, seams pull out quite easily!