Last summer when I headed into New York City for some fabric shopping (you can read about that here), I picked up this leopard print knit at New York Elegant Fabrics (some of my favorite fabric shops in NY are listed here) with the intent of making the Talulah Dress from Stylearc patterns for myself. I thought the pattern and the print would be a great transition piece. Well, I never got to it this past fall, but after the work of filming, editing and posting a blog times times a week for the Make Your Daughter a Dress series for 6 weeks, I needed an instant gratification project for myself. I put the dress pattern together and went to lay it out on the fabric when disaster struck! Did you know that knits can be 45 inches wide? I had never seen one before, but my lovely leopard print was exactly that. The fabric was on a long roll when I purchased it so my eye didn't register that it wasn't wider. I am pretty good at squeaking by with not enough fabric, but there was no way with this one, so my dress needed to turn into a top instead. I started combing through my Summer Sewing and Things I Want to Sew Pinterest Boards for inspiration, and I spotted the Newport Top from Itch to Stitch.
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