McCall’s 6708: An animal print cardigan



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Yes, it’s a jungle out there! A bit of a cliche’ perhaps, but what better way is there to describe what’s happening in the sewing blog world these days? Everywhere, fabulous makes are being crafted from jungle worthy fabrics as part of #Jungle January, a month long walk on the wild side.


This photo is from “Pretty Grievances” and it captures the mood of the month. In my opinion, the timing for Jungle January could not be better, since it can be a bit dull around here. It’s so easy to stay stuck in a routine when it’s grimly gray outside. How nice to be inspired to do something adventuresome in the new year. What better way to shake off the glooms!

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The fabric for my leopard cardigan was purchased a couple of years ago at Fabric Depot. It’s a stable cotton knit that I bought without knowing what I’d make from it. (Yes, this is a scary habit of mine that has resulted in a large stash that is about to take over the world.) As the fabric languished in my stash for years, I expected it was a purchase whose time had run out because, surely, animal prints would soon go out of style. Ha! I was so, so wrong. Now, in 2016, they are making a splashy return on the runways of Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Dolce and Gabbana.

So inspiring! But to me, what’s even more inspiring are these classic fashion icons.

No one wore a leopard print hat quite as well as Audrey!

When I saw these classic styles, I decided my leopard print needed to be fashioned into something with a bit of a vintage look. Enter the cardigan. My pattern is McCalls 6708. It’s Out Of Print, but you could use Butterick 6062 to get the same look.   I made the shorter version, view D, so it would look like one of those boxy vintage cardigans.

The fabric I used for the bodice is a stable knit from my stash. The neck, pocket and sleeve bands are from a remnant of sweater knit. At first, I was a bit disappointed in the sweater knit trim, as it became so ‘furry’ as I worked with it. The floor under my sewing machine was covered with little fuzzy bits. But then I realized just how appropriate that was for Jungle January. My fabric was shedding! Do you think the floor of the Jungle is just covered with fur?

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This pattern is great because you can embellish with as many details as you would like. I added one set of pockets, trimming them with buttons and sweater knit, but you could add more. The project was easy to sew but a bit time consuming (lots of trim to put on :)). The trickiest part was the button holes on the front band. Even though I interfaced it, the fabric stretched a bit more than I’d hoped. I think a stiffer interfacing would have helped.

Under the cardigan ( just to make the Jungle theme perfectly clear), I’m wearing a leopard print tee I made awhile back.


It’s one of my favorite tees, I have to admit. The fabric is so soft and yummy, and the leopard print is so dark, I imagine it’s a neutral! This means I’m allowed to wear it with everything, right?

I hope you’re enjoying January, a chance to return to routine after the hectic holidays.  To revitalize my sewing mojo and ready myself for a great 2016, I’m reorganizing my stash based on fabric content, but I’m not convinced my system is perfect. I also would like a way to keep track of my fabric inventory in a document that I could take with me when I look for patterns. Would love to know how you organize your stash!

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!


9 thoughts on “McCall’s 6708: An animal print cardigan

  1. Nicely done! There is a lady at work with a RTW leopard print cardigan and I keep thinking I want (to sew) one of those! My stash is in bins of 3 metres, 2 metres, and 1 metre. Before I put the fabric away I photograph it and save the photo in a file called 3 metre, 2 or 1. I also try to remember to photo the info on the end of the bolt when I purchase and save it in the correct file too. That way, from my IPad, I can see all the fabric I have, what its made of and approximately how much I have. I have heard some people buy programs to do the same thing but I really don’t want to buy or learn another program!

    1. Thanks! I’m so fascinated by your stash organization. I especially like the idea of taking a photo of the end of the bolt at time of purchase because it would eliminate the ‘mystery fabric’ aspect of my stash.And having the photos saved in categories on your iPad makes perfect sense…hmmm. Might be my goal for February:) thanks for sharing!

  2. I LOVE THIS CARDIGAN!!! (Sorry to shout–I got excited.) I happen to think leopard is a great neutral, by the way. 😉 And even your trim got in on the act by shedding, haha! That’s the magic of #junglejanuary at work!

    I cannot claim to have organized my stash storage (at the moment, I am using the “find a nook/cranny/mattress and shove it in there, then RUN AWAY” system), but I do have a catalog for all of it. I created a spreadsheet in my Google Drive that lists all my fabric, how much I have (truly helpful and truly terrifying, all at once!), how wide it is, fiber content and weave, color(s), price paid, etc. And since my phone is Android, I could pull the file up from anywhere! The only downside is no pictures, but I find that once I read the detailed description I wrote, I can remember what it looks like. Now if I could just sort out physical storage, we’d be in business! xD

    1. Thanks! I’m sure the leopards out there would agree with us that they are indeed a neutral. I love you stash management system 🙂 the spread sheet idea is great as long as my husband an never take a look at at. I’ll have to password protect that lively document. Yes, I can imagine how terrifying this will all be once I’ve actually written down the true contents of my stash. Of course I have to find it all too:) truly though, your spreadsheet idea is genious. Thanks for sharing,

      1. That’s the OTHER magical thing about Google Drive: it’s tied to MY Google account, and nobody can see it unless I want them to see it. 😉 Outside of that, I’d say name it something innocuous and password protect the sh*t out of it, LOL!

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