Miss K had asked for a Cheetah dress a few months back right before I made her snow leopard dress (which, humorously, the fabric is called blue cheetah). I ordered both fabrics at the same time. I didn't want both dresses to look exactly alike so with the Cheetah one I opted for a smooth front with no gathers whereas the blue one has gathers.
Since Miss K LOVES her oranges dress I made in March and it fits her so cute, I pulled that pattern back out and made up the Cheetah dress with the long sleeves. I lowered the waistline a good 2 inches so it was less empire-waisted. I also omitted the clear elastic around the waist (K doesn't like it). And I did it in one solid fabric, not patchwork. Other than that I stuck to the pattern in a straight size 146.
It turned out lovely. I keep singing a made up song to K when she wears it "cheeeetah, cheeeeetah boniiiita" and she just rolls her eyes at me. I sewed this up 2-3 weeks ago but K has decided she doesn't like to do pictures anymore so I have to snap them when she is wearing the item to school.
Fabric: Technically it's a Leopard print, but don't tell K.
50% Rayon 47% Polyester 3% Lycra; Tan Leopard Print Jersey Knit from fashionfabrics.com. It is lightweight but not see through. 1.25 yards used.
There is elastic in the sleeve bottoms
the fabric has a bit of a faded look to it.
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~