Leopard Stacie scores!

In my last post I said I thought that a Style Arc Stacie in my leopard fabric, inspired by the wonderful Tan France, would be a winner. Judge for yourselves….


I was reduced to a Kindle selfie so apologies for the photo quality. I might not look it but I’m outstandingly happy with this version. This is my third Style Arc Stacie – the others are here  – so there’s not a great deal to say about the pattern other than it really is an exceptionally good pattern. All the markers line up, the instructions are Style Arc sketchy but easy enough to follow, and the design is classic enough to wear forever. The pockets are mock pockets but I don’t mind that as it prevents me adding any unnecessary bulk over the bust.

I made the jacket up straight from the pattern – no adjustments needed. The fabric was from stash – booty from a Birmingham shopping trip that has waited patiently for the opportunity to shine. This time I decided to finish all the seams nicely as they are in show in this unlined jacket. I covered the yokes in the same lining fabric and used the burrito method to ensure everything looked tidy inside. I’m really glad I took the time on these finishes as it’s turned a good jacket into something a bit special.

The buttons were the standard hammer on jeans buttons which are barely visible on this fabric but I love them.

Check out Bessie wearing it.

I wore this out to lunch with friends today and was very, very happy with it. I think we do indeed have a winner 🏆


28 Comments on “Leopard Stacie scores!”

  1. sew2pro says:

    Nice one. A cute leopard print jacket is like a little black dress, an essential.

  2. tialys says:

    Bessie is definitely rocking it and, from what I can see, so are you! It looks fab and all those finishing touches really do make it special.

  3. thornberry says:

    It’s definitely a winner! Love everything about it.

  4. CJ says:

    OMG! it is SO COOL!!!! You look amazing too!!!

  5. Ann Webber says:

    Oh yes! You look like a very sleek chic Bengal cat. A pair of thick red glasses and you could be Iris Apfel!

  6. Roxane says:

    You are right—Tan would love this, as do I!

  7. Fadanista says:

    This is going to be such a wardrobe staple in the autumn. I bought orange denim to make a jeans jacket, but now I want a leopard one!!

  8. Glenda says:

    Looking good!! I’ve heard good reports of that pattern so I may (may!!) one day give it a go.. I know you and Elaine both like SA patterns but I’ve yet to give them a go. Mind you my sewing output is down to virtually nil at the moment but I live in hope!!

  9. Sewniptuck says:

    You’re looking fashionably Fierce Kim! Live your jacket. It is such a great feeling when something goes right with a garment and if all the stars always go and you’ve successfully made an outright winner – all the better! Congratulations xx

    • Kim says:

      Thanks! I hope your sewing is going well too 😊

      • Sewniptuck says:

        just saw that Style Are c have 20% off jackets which reminded me I didn’t reply!!! Not doing so much sewing, a few things but we moved into a house of our own last Thursday and at 5am this morning I was merrily arranging balls of yarn!! Machine knitting I has been taking over my life, oy what a learning curve. But I’ve produced at least 2 worthy garments! Can’t muster the interest in reviving my blog 😕 x

  10. mrsmole says:

    Making that pattern in animal print is just the best! If you think of animal print as a neutral, you can wear it with everything. So nice to work with a pattern when every notch aligns!!! I’m holding unto the animal print fabric that you gave me when I was able to visit!!! So lovely to see all the seams bound! All that work pays off and feels nice inside as you will be wearing this for so many occasions! Great choice of fabric and attention to detail, Kim.

    • Kim says:

      Thanks! It is my current favourite. I’m good to Northumberland to visit my sister and will have to be certain I still have it on return!

  11. Definitely a winner! I love animal prints. Very cool!

  12. […] is the fourth Stacie I have made now – there’s the orange, the black, the (fabulous) leopard, and now the green – which got me thinking about how often we use patterns. I don’t […]

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