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Mens Leopard Print Pants

Added Dec 27, 2010

by Peter Lappin

New York, United...






I made these pants, which are made of cotton velvet, using Kwik sew 2123, an out-of-print mens jeans pattern from the early Nineties. I was inspired by a photo in W magazine I saw of actor Garrett Hedlund, wearing leopard pants from the Givenchy Spring/Summer 2011 collection. I was like, I want those! Now I only need some place fabulous to wear them. (I welcome all invitations.)

More about these pants on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness. Happy Holidays to all!

Material Notes

I used a leopard print cotton velvet I found in the Garment District in NYC for $7/yd. It only took about 2 yards to make the pants. Rather than a jean button I put in a hook and eye as a closure. I also used commercial waistband interfacing for a more sturdy waistband.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Casual, Mod, Rock

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    Mar 5, 2011, 04.29 PMby NuncaNunca

    Those look amazing. Not a lot of guys can pull of the animal print but you make it look so easy.! Hot!

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    Dec 31, 2010, 05.11 AMby marloncosta

    WOW! Very daring! I like it!!! You`ve got what it takes to sport such a fantastic piece dude! AWESOME!!!

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      Dec 31, 2010, 01.50 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, Marlon — Happy New Year!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 07.14 PMby joycexi

    Great work on the pants! I love that you took a leopard print, makes the pants look so much more chic!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 04.42 PMby sunnilj9

    Oh Peter! I do so love them! You are such a rocker! Such verve! Delicious fabric too!

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      Dec 28, 2010, 08.17 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, Sunni. Of course my idea of rock is The Partridge Family, you realize…

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    Dec 28, 2010, 03.09 PMby zaarissima

    absolutly cool! great work!!

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      Dec 28, 2010, 03.24 PMby Peter Lappin

      Thanks, Zaarissimia!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 07.32 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    these pants are great and deserve a great party to be worn at! the print is fab and i really really want them too :-)

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      Dec 28, 2010, 12.37 PMby Peter Lappin

      I just need to find one! Thanks, Ralf!

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    Dec 28, 2010, 01.00 AMby lexicooks

    These look fantastic! It’s a great print, with really rich colours and lots of black. I think that’s what makes leopard print really work!

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      Dec 28, 2010, 01.03 AMby Peter Lappin

      Totally. It’s a really nice velvet though it’s a little fragile — not to be worn every day! ;)

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    Dec 28, 2010, 12.58 AMby analogue

    Love the leopard print!!! I may have to make a pair of these for my boyfriend :)

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      Dec 28, 2010, 01.03 AMby Peter Lappin

      Go for it! Men secretly want to wear leopard I’m convinced.

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      Dec 28, 2010, 11.52 AMby analogue

      Well, he’s been eyeing up the leopard print jacket I’m making for myself, so the secret’s out :)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 11.45 PMby jsanga

    Nice loves it! hehe Also love the dogs! so cute :)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 11.42 PMby wzrdreams

    Can you be more specific about were you got this velvet? I love Chic Fabrics on 39th. They have some great animal print options. I made a long slim skirt out of a knit velveteen of a similar looking leopard print.

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      Dec 28, 2010, 01.05 AMby Peter Lappin

      Sure. I got them at H&M Fabrics, 248 West 35th.

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    Dec 27, 2010, 11.09 PMby kelepso

    Wow Peter! Those came out great. You’ve convinced me now. I’d take a pair too. Love it! Great job!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 10.18 PMby sarsaparilla

    Ah, these are just wonderful… I hope Cathy doesn’t try and steal them from you ;)

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      Dec 27, 2010, 10.31 PMby Peter Lappin

      It may be time for a restraining order! :)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 09.21 PMby ambermarks

    :)) I saw it in Your’s blog!!!! I like:))

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    Dec 27, 2010, 09.03 PMby magdamagda

    ah! finally you got here and with more pics! well, pants are well made (congrats! but then it was expected…:P ) and after all I think the leopard print is fun! and it suits you! selfishly, I hope you bought a lot more – for Cathy also… impaciently browsing a hypothetical- leopard -Cathy -catalogue,


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      Dec 27, 2010, 09.18 PMby Peter Lappin

      No leopard for Cathy. That velvet is MINE. ;)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 09.00 PMby tanitisis

    I love these so much! In fact, I think I prefer leopard in mens fashion ;). I doubt I’ll ever get my sweetie in it, though, so I will just have to enjoy them on you :)

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      Dec 27, 2010, 09.18 PMby Peter Lappin

      You can always try boxers! ;)

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