Leopard print skirt & cropped denim jacket


Could a leopard pencil skirt be considered a basic wardrobe piece? Yes!

I fell in love with this thicker weight woven cotton twill with a bit of stretch in it at The Fabric Store in Hollywood. It’s one of my favorite fabric shops. It’s down the street from Mood and a must visit store, for sure. Amazing quality, unique fabrics, and good prices.

cheetahskirt3This type of skirt is one of the easiest patterns to draft. Once you try drafting one, and see how quick it is , you will be designing your own skirts in no time.
I have a four part series on drafting one on my tutorials page. I know “four part series” doesn’t sound simple, but it is. A simple one. Not sure why I felt it needed four parts but there ya go! It has directions for a kick pleat BUT if you draft a shorter pencil skirt, you don’t even need to add one.
I added an exposed zipper and yellow denim topstitching thread to add a bit of interest to this simple skirt style.

cheetahskirt6I like the leopard skirt paired with my thrifted denim cropped jacket.cheetahskirt5zipper

This is the zipper from the outside. A little messy.zipper2And this is the inside. Really messy. I should have trimmed the leopard excess fabric before top stitching the zipper from the outside. That way the raw edges would be hidden under the zipper tape. Practice makes perfect. I took a shortcut and used bias tape for the waistline.
This pattern is my basic skirt block . I have a few more designs I made with it that I’ll be sharing soon.

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  1. says

    Hi Justine,
    I definitely want to try to draft my own pattern. I found your tutorial. Can I do this with just your instructions or is it better to buy the book you referenced?