Confession: I actually made this sequin top last year but have only just got round to blogging about it. Still I think it is totally swoon worthy therefore had to be seen plus you can all have a laugh at how cold I look in the photos, I kept my big (fake) fur coat on as much as possible just pulling it off my shoulder for the pictures brrrr.
I love a bit of sparkle but think you need a really simple silhouette to really pull it off, unless of course you are Ru Paul in which case just go for it!
I chose this totally over the top sequin fabric so I needed a basic pattern to make it with. I live in skinny black jeans both for staying in and going out and my favourite style is to pair them with a bright top. Party time is no different so I decided on the Belcarra blouse from Sewaholic. I have never made this before (I don't know why it is totally the kind of top I wear everyday)
I had to make a few adjustments to the pattern to make it work in the sequin fabric. I removed the shaping from the waist so that it fell straight at the sides then changed the neck piece for a simple satin bias binding, it was a bit wibbly (is that a word?)but with all those sequins I don't think it shows .
The fabric is on a stretch backing which I was nervous would be hard to sew but actually it was really easy and as the sequins are quite small they were pretty well behaved. Though I would recommend eye protection when cutting sequin fabric, a bit of one of these sequins ended up in my eye when I was cutting out the pattern. Luckily the Fabric Godfather was on hand to save me and there was no harm done, sewing can be a dangerous hobby can't it?
I LOVE this top, I wore it on Christmas day and I am even thinking of a Moneta skirt in the same fabric for a bit of head to toe bling. As for the Belcarra pattern I will definitely being making more of these, one in every colour I think!
Happy sewing xxx