Hello friends! I hope you had a lovely holiday season and you are gearing up for fun New Year’s Eve celebrations. I must confess that Mr. Stitch and I usually stay in on New Year’s Eve and end up sound asleep way before midnight. This year, however, we have special guests coming to visit so I decided to make myself a little festive top.
Sequins! Check out the scalloped edges.
The fabric was a very generous gift from Gail (thank you, Gail!). It is the same fabric she used to make this awesome top last year. It is a knit base with the sequins sewn on top of it and I was surprised by how heavy it feels. Like Gail, I did not remove the sequins from the seam allowances prior to sewing. Since the fabric is a knit base, it crossed my mind to use a ball point needle but then I forgot all about it. A regular needle had no trouble getting through the little sequins and in fact, my machine behaved in a most stellar way.
Jesse peeking over my right shoulder.
Since the fabric is already a bit showy, I wanted to keep the pattern nice and simple. I used my tried and tested Scout Tee by Grainline Studio with a few modifications:
1. I made the sleeves a tad longer and cut the sleeves’ edges on a straight line instead of the slight curve the pattern calls for. This is because I wanted to showcase the nice scalloped edge of the fabric at the hems.
The inside scoop, with a bit of surgery.
2. I lined the inside with silk habotai. Gail had warned me that the sequins felt a bit scratchy against the skin so I cut a lining and attached it at the neckline, making sure to understitch. The sleeves on the lining are the regular pattern sleeve length as I did not want the lining peeking under. The piece of silk I used was on the short side and I thought I could get away with it but when I tried it on I realized that despite the sequins, the fabric is a bit sheer so you could see where the lining cut off, right at my belly button. I had a remnant of silk habotai in a different shade of blue so I was able to perform a bit of surgery to lengthen the lining. Luckily the difference in colour does not show when I’m wearing the top and while the insides are not perfect, I am not losing sleep over it because only I (and you – shhh!) will know this is the case.
The sleeves on the lining are a bit shorter.
3. I added a slit and festive satin bow at the back neckline, because, why not?
Back bow detail.
I am quite happy with how this garment turned – I love the bling factor of it. Given my lifestyle, I won’t have very many occasions to wear it, but I foresee it will come out on festive nights for years to come. Country living or not, a little sparkle over the holidays is always a good thing in my books. May the year 2015 bring each of you joy and oodles of quality crafting time.
Goofball dance move because it was so cold I had to keep moving when these photos were taken. Plus another photo bomb, courtesy of Jesse.