Friday, June 8, 2018

Cheetah Top for Girls

Wild Animal Acts = Circus
Image result for cheetah circus 
So, when I started planning my outfit for the Project Run and Play Circus Challenge, I wanted some wild cats!!!

BUT...I also had to make sure my outfit would please a very particular pre-teen.  No cutesy animals prints for her.

So I would like to introduce...

Pre-Teen Cheetah


Pattern on Pattern
2 Different Size Prints in Black and White

Hombre Yellow to Orange

Black and White With a Spot of Orange

Hoodie Outside and Inside

Stripe Runs in 2 Directions

 It's All in the Details
At the bottom of the shirt front, I added a bit of whimsy with this fake drawstring complete with metal grommets.
 A well executed drawstring can look effortless, cool, and casual.

How I Created That Detail
At the bottom of the shirt, I attached a 1 3/4 inch band of striped fabric that had been serged on one side. I used a 1/2 inch seam.
You can see the 4 grommets that had been inserted into the bottom of the shirt previously.  I ran my black and white twill tape through the grommets to create an "X" and then zig-zagged the tape into the 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then, I cut off the excess twill tape.

 Lastly, I folded under the edging to the backside of the shirt and sewed it down by stitching in the ditch. This created a finished 5/8 inch band all around the bottom of the shirt. This band also encased the ends of the twill tape.


  1. This outfit would work equally well for my 12 year old nephew who is just as picky about his clothes. JoAnn's shows a red and black retro print knit fabric with cassette tapes on their website but it is unavailable. I sure hope they will stock it soon as it would work well for an outfit similar to your design. I think I will add grommets after seeing how you made your outfit.

    1. Dear Pamela,
      Here is where I obtained my fabric. The coordinates that are on the rapport is really suited well for a boy. The also have a Darth Vader that is similar to the one I bought. Tonight I am starting another shirt with a bunny hipster that says "I Love Music" I'll be posting about it soon. Deborah

      Sorry, here is the link for the Cheetah.

  2. Wow! What a great outfit for a pre-teen! Very fashionable, wearable, and unique. You nailed it!

    1. Karen, Thanks for noticing that my outfit really fit a pre-teen. I have learned my lesson to not use cutesy fabrics and to discuss the overall design with my pre-teen before starting to sew the outfit. Then she wants to wear it and all my effort is not wasted. I like to sew unique designs, but I also want her to want to wear it!!!


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