I found some really similar leopard print upholstery fabric on eBay for only £5.75 per metre and decided to use the Delphine skirt pattern from the Tilly and the Buttons book "Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking". The Delphine pattern is a bit more of an exaggerated a-line shape than I was after, so I just slimmed the sides in a little below the hips. And here's the result:
The skirt is underlined with what I *think* is a stretch gaberdine that I got an absolute ton of from the Fancy Silk Store in Birmingham. I knew the upholstery fabric would stretch out of shape without it, and this helps give the a-line shape more structure too. The seams and hem are all bound in bright pink bias binding! The binding added a lot of time to the construction of the skirt, but I love the neatness of a bound seam and had this pink binding left over from my flamingo suit and I thought it would be fun to have a secret flash of colour inside the skirt. Also, you can't see it very well but there's a "handmade by fritha louise" tag on the waistband that I got made by Woven Labels UK.
T-shirt - Zoe Karssen (from TK Maxx)
Skirt - DIY
Boots - Asos
What do you think? Have you ever made your own version of something you've wanted from the highstreet?