I’m sure you all know about Jungle January hosted by Pretty Grievances. We sew up animal prints and wear them proudly! This is my first Jungle January make of this year. Last year I made a Giorgio’s Top out of red leopard print. You can see the post here.
This Gunmetal is a pretty different make from what I usually sew. The entire time I was so jealous of Leila’s Gunmetal. She used the same rose burnout leopard print lace with some very fun hot pink! I kept wanting to do the bright colors but I was inspired by one of my testers versions of Gunmetal. Kate from Sewing for Sanity made a gorgeous nude neutral Gunmetal that we featured in this blog and she featured on her own blog as well.
Remembering how much I loved that version helped me stick to my guns with this one. I used a nude swimsuit lining underneath the leopard and used brown thread when doing the rolled hems. Everything is so very neutral! I know it is still leopard print but trust me, this is as neutral as it gets for me…and I’m glad I stuck to it…I love the way it turned out!
I used the nude lining under every part. On my previous Gunmetals, the center and side center panels were made without the overlay and so were the sleeves. For this one, I used the overlay on every single piece and the fashion fabric (nude swimsuit lining) on every single piece. That means the sleeves are lined, the center pieces are covered with leopard and the peplum is also lined. It turned out great! I also hemmed the sleeves with a rolled hem to keep the continuity from the ruffles..plus it is way easier than a traditional hem!
I think Gunmetal looks so different without the contrast pieces…I was surprised. Because I used the overlay on the center piece, I thought adding buttons would be too much. Usually the center piece is the solid underlay fabric and the buttons add the perfect touch..but I tried auditioning some and it just did not look right. So my Gunmetal is buttonless…just like Sew Busy Lizzy’s.
Here is a closeup picture of the ruffles and the ruching. On the left side, I pleated the ruching. On the right side, I gathered it just like the Gunmetal instructions. And guess what? They both looked the same! I was trying to see if it would give a different look but with this fabric combination, it turned out looking exactly the same.
I held the fabric up to the light with the lining behind it so you could see the pretty rose burnout effect. And leopard print. And lace! And only $2/yd in the Los Angeles garment district. It was a great find!
Lastly I want to talk about the lining. I chose not to line this version, but I am also not picky at all about how the insides look. I sewed a straight stitch while stretching the fabric and then serged them. There are also many pieces so there are a lot of seams inside. The seams are neat but they are still many. So if you like pretty insides, make sure to use the lining pieces. I did not want the extra layers because I wear a tank top/camisole under everything anyway. Yes, everything. So a lining would be too many layers. I am only pointing this out so you know that it can be made without a lining–but you do need to use the neck ruffle or other finishing method for the neckline if you are not going to use the lining.
That being said, my version that I made with a lining is beautiful inside! So it is all up to your preferences! Want to make Gunmetal yourself? You can pick up your own Gunmetal in the shop. We also just finished the Gunmetal sew-along so you can get extra help and photos when sewing it up! Also check out the Pinterest page of finished Gunmetals found in the wild.
What do you think? Have you joined in Jungle January? I have another Jungle January make to show in my next post…love those animal prints…both Jungle January makes have been made completely from stash fabrics!