Happy New Year everyone! Although not exactly pre-meditated it seems appropriate to start a new year off featuring a post on my favorite self-made outfit to date. Behold sequins!
This may not have been the most technically challenging or time consuming outfit I’ve sewn, but I think it is the most me. I’m rather proud of it. Plus how often does a project actually live up to the vision in your head (in my case not all that often)?
So let’s get down to the construction nitty gritty. The sweatshirt is made from a delightfully simple knit pattern, McCall’s 2820. Four pieces, weeee. The pattern was originally designed for raglan tee shirts and long sleeve tops, but nothing a little black ribbing couldn’t turn into a sweatshirt. I made this pattern in a size small. To make a looser sweatshirt style I altered the curvature of the side seams. Instead of tapering in at the waist as drafted I used a ruler to draw a straight line from the bottom of the arm scythe to the hem line. I made this alteration on both the front and back pattern pieces.
The neck ribbing was cut according to the neck binding pattern piece provided in McCall’s 2820. After studying sweatshirts in my closet, I cut two pieces of ribbing for the sleeve cuffs both 5 inches wide and 8 inches long and ribbing for the hem that was 5 inches wide and 38 ½ inches long. The length of ribbing for both cuffs and hem were determined by pinning a strip of ribbing around my wrists or hips respectively. Once the ribbing length was determined the 5 inch edges were sewn together to create a loop. The ribbing was then folded in half good sides facing out and serged to the sweat shirt hems. The loop made by the ribbing is smaller than the hem or sleeve openings so it had to be stretched as it was serged to the sequin knit. This is the same technique described in the pattern for attaching the neck binding. The Sewaholic Renfrew pattern also uses this technique for sleeve and hem finishes.
Oh and you’ll never guess where I found the sequin cheetah knit. Give up? Joanns! I KNOW! GET OUT OF TOWN!
The trumpet skirt is a pattern hack of Burdastyle Metallic Skirt pattern #124 01/2013 with a half circle skirt added to the bottom. Instead of using a waist measurement in the By Hand London half circle skirt tutorial I used the circumference of the bottom edge of the pencil skirt. Oh and since this is 2014 there is an app for that. Finally the skirt is fully lined with a rather thick polyester lining since the red wool is quite thin.
And I think that is about it. Is anyone else as crazy about sequins as I seem to be this winter? I can’t help feeling they go with everything and that includes the snow boots below.
Pattern McCall’s 2820
1 1/2 yards of sequin cheetah knit
1/2 yard of Sew Classic Rib Knit in black
Red Trumpet Skirt
2 yards of red wool
2 yards of black polyester lining
1/4 yard Touch of Gold interfacing
red invisible zipper
Panther earrings and bracelet, Primark
Black Beanie, Yulia Izotova
DKNY Black Opaque Tights, Nordstrom