$5 pillowcases + kicky lilac zipper = DIY Leopard Sheath
I wound up using Simplicity 3833 (link) as my pattern (it's a retro pattern and it fit well in the shoulders / chest / sleeves without any alterations) and modifying the skirt flare to be more straight. I would highly recommend any current / future sew-ers to look at less conventional sources (I love those unconventional challenges on Project Runway!) for fabrics - bedding, drapery, home decor fabrics, etc. You may find a cute print or a good deal that fits your needs. For reference, I simply seam-ripped the pillow cuffs, side seam, and top seam to get 2 flat sheets of fabric. From there, I cut out my pattern pieces as if it were a normal piece of fabric.
Paired with some stripe-y tights & a view of it on the dress form
Random story - my fight or flight instinct doesn't work. While hiking the foothills (I sure thought those were mountains when we moved here), my husband and I accidentally veered into the path of a not-so-happy bull. I froze and tried to look inconspicuous. My husband yelled, "run" and took off (his instinct apparently intact, lol). The bull wandered off and neither of us got hurt, but it sure did get our hearts pounding! Not sure if this is something anyone really encounters, but what are you supposed to do in this situation?