Recently I’ve noticed some very tempting Ready-to-Wear pieces of animal print labelled ‘Cheetah’, such as this ferociously expensive scarf from JCrew. I assumed Cheetah was a just a fashionable way of saying Leopard and wondered if this faux fur I bought could be called Cheetah too.
But there’s an obvious difference I find, very scientifically explained here. Cheetah fur – which looks slightly dishevelled compared to that of a sleek leopard – has spots of solid dark brown whereas leopard spots are ‘rosettes’ with a paler brown pooled inside.
The interesting thing about my fabric is that it’s imprinted with a wavy texture which takes the nap in different directions. I can’t help but being reminded of a certain IKEA mirror often present in student houses or in speedy home makeover programmes. It’s called Krabb. Oh look! Like a right opportunist, I’m in IKEA standing next to Krabb and smiling cheesily while wearing my finished skirt!
I once snapped up a mere remnant of this fabric and made a mini as one of my first ever blogging tutorials. It wasn’t my favourite garment but it was tactile, cute, the colours were warm and pleasantly glowing and I wore it till the lining shredded and the zip went. This time, there was a whole bolt of the stuff in a shop on the Tesco side of Goldhawk Road. I could have gone all-animal and made a long, curly wurly coat (and maybe I should) but instead, I bought a 1.5m and went A-line.