Added Dec 14, 2013
i never cared much about animal prints. ESPECIALLY leopards. but 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) got me into liking it & wanting to own a fun leopard print clothing item.
so when i saw the perfect fabric, i decided to give it a try. 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! :D 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!
oh, and of course i had to add metal studs to the collar. you can barely see them, but they give just the perfect amount of bling to the sweater.
about 1,5 m of acrylic/polyamide knit,
a few metal studs to your liking.