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November 2, 2006

Designer Inspiration Sew-Along – Blumarine #1

Filed under: Designer Inspirations,Gigi — Gigi @ 6:07 am

Last Friday I posted this $1070 Blumarine top (found at on my blog (make sure you use the back button to return here). We’ll be using this piece as our inspiration for our first-ever Sewing Divas sew-along! A big thank-you to the readers who suggested it – this is going to be fun.

I think it would make the most sense for the participants to post their progress on their own blog or website. Then I can post the links here.

I’ve gathered together all of the materials for my top. The first thing I pulled out of my stash was a piece of black faux-leather. This fabric, called Elastique, was produced by Springs Industries in the late 1990s. I’m not sure if it is still available or not. This fabric looks very much like a smooth leather. It is quite thin and, as it’s name would imply, has a lot of stretch. It will be perfect for the faux-leather binding on my knit top – or some leather-look leggings if I decide to participate in the ’80s trend (I’m kidding!).

Next, I looked through my stash for a suitable main fabric. At first I thought of using a solid rayon/lycra but I really think this top needs a print to off-set the bling-bling of all those crystals! If you want to use a solid, it might be a good idea to use smaller rhinestone buttons and crystals. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a black and white graphic print in my stash (because I’d already used it for something else) but I did find this black, white, gray and red graphic print that I bought from Wazoodle last year. I think this will work well.

Now for the fun part – the sparkle! I found quite a few possibilities in my stash. I selected three different button options. The ones at the top are pretty large (about the size of a dime), the ones to the left are much smaller but still very sparkly. Those at the bottom have the least amount of sparkle and include a pearl – they are borderline so I don’t think they will work but I’ll reserve judgement until I get to that point. I also have some heat-set Swarovski crystals that I purchased from Sue’s Sparklers and some sew-on crystals from a local craft store.

The next step will be modifying my pattern. As I mentioned on my blog, I’ll be using the Hot Patterns Plain & Simple Tee as my base.



  1. Fantastique! I am waiting with baited breath to see the results.

    Comment by Nancy — November 2, 2006 @ 11:03 am

  2. I am gonig to just watch this one, unfortunately. I don’t have any fabric int eh stash for something as fab as this and no bling either (wah!). Can’t wait to see what is sewn up, though. Are you going to post the results in a week, Gigi?

    Comment by Lorna — November 2, 2006 @ 11:53 am

  3. I’m going to follow along. I have some neat rayon/lycra prints but no bling. What I would really love is a lead to an appropriate faux leather for the project. I can do without the bling but not the leather binding!–>

    Comment by vtmartha — November 2, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

  4. I’d have to find a pattern with a neckline that is a little closer to what is selling for $1000. I wouldn’t even know where to start to change a neckline. Does the fact that it will have binding make it easier? Maybe I should just grow a pair and try it. I do love the tee, but really, $1000? C’mon.

    Comment by Robinson — November 6, 2006 @ 3:38 pm

  5. […] and embellishment work.  My original inspiration was a post Gigi did a while back on the fabulous Blumarine top on the right.  The coolest thing about this design is that it’s made from two very […]

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