Last Friday I posted this $1070 Blumarine top (found at eluxury.com) 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.