Thursday, May 1, 2014

I finally made a Scout Tee

And it's fabulous!

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This may be the only Scout out there made of sequins.  As Miss Lulu told me on Instagram:  "When you arrive late to the party, you need to make a fabulous entrance!"

This is the last piece of fabric from my Sequin Fabric Buying Binge of 2013.  I got it from JoAnn's in their Black Friday sale for $12 a yard.  It looks like it's still available too, although not at that price.

Although this was my first time using the Scout pattern, I wasn't too concerned with fitting, as this is basically a stable knit fabric.  The shoulders looked good, so I gave myself a 1/4" broad back adjustment, graded from a 2 at the bust to a 4 at the hip, and then did the "full back alteration" for the full look I wanted with this top.  I think if I do this in a woven in the future, I will have to give myself more room in the hip for the unaltered version.

back

I had quite enough of cutting sequins out of seam allowances back in 2013, so I decided to fully line this one.  The lining is attached at the neck and sleeve seams, and open at the hem.  I'm so glad I did this - it makes a huge difference in how comfortable this top is to wear.



I sewed the whole thing on my sewing machine using a narrow zigzag stitch.  Because I didn't cut away any sequins, I did end up breaking 3 needles in the making of this top :-(  Still - a fabulous, vintage-looking sequin top for $20 + 3 needles!  A bargain!  (The lining cost me $8 - almost as much as the outer!)

I left the bottom of the lining unhemmed:


I was looking through my jewelry and found this old necklace from Anthropologie that I think looks just great with this:


I'm really happy with how this one came out - it's exactly what I had in mind.  I do believe this will be coming to NYC with me, so I'm going to try to remember to take modeled pictures in situ :-)

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  1. Look forward to seeing you modelling it. You're one stylish lady Gail!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Still trying to decide on shoes for this ensemble . . . :-)

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  2. love the scout tee in sequins! gorgeous!

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  3. Great idea lining the sequins. It's amazing how scratchy just the thread they use to tack the sequins down is. Can't wait to see this on you.

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    1. It really is! This lining made such a difference.

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  4. Gorgeous! I'm too shy for sequins, and they sound like a pain to deal with, but this almost makes me want to do it! You really nailed this one!

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    1. Thank you! They are kind of a pain. But I just can't resist the sparkles!

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  5. I am pleased to see that it is indeed possible to sew with sequins without all that cutting them out of the seam allowance! Can't wait to see it on...

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    1. It's definitely possible. I'm not sure it's advisable! I hope I don't throw the timing off on my machine by doing this! I think I'm done with sequins now for the time being though - this was my last piece of sequin fabric.

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  6. This is too fabulous!!! I love it so much!

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    1. Thank you! I'm planning on wearing it Saturday night!

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  7. Another gorgeous top! Maybe you need to build on theme cocktails in New York... Blini and Bellini Bling evening out! Except maybe skip the blini... eew.

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    1. Thank you! Hahaha! Themed cocktails All Around the World!!

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  8. So pretty! I'm unclear about the full back alteration. Is that so that there is more volume at the back for a flowy look? Looking forward to your "in situ" photos, cocktail on hand of course :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes - it's for a fuller, swingy back. To me, that says 1960s, so in my mind at least, this top has a vintage look! Especially since the fabric is so heavy. So I actually have a double full back adjustment going on here: my normal one for my broad back, and then the fashion one for extra swing :-)

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  9. It is most definitely fabulous!

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  10. oooh it's lace and sequins glam but with comfort! You can wear this in so many ways and look chic every time! Cant wait to see it worn on MMM14! I like the swing back too. I often modify my patterns to indorporate swing backs, swing fronts :) Enjoy your swing sequined top and have a great time in NYC!

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    1. Thanks, Erin! I agree - a top like this is very versatile!

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  11. Awesome! This looks so fabulous. I've had a bit of a sequin-buying binge too over the past year or so, but so far they're sitting in the stash...the Scout is such a perfect use for them! The simple design lets the fabric (ahem) shine. ;)

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  12. Ooh this is lovely! It's such a versatile pattern! That was a good idea to line it - sequence can be so scratchy!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn! Yes, they can! Sharp too sometimes!

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  13. I can imagine you sashaying about in the big apple with this on.

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    1. You know, I think I did sashay a little bit! ;-)

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  14. It looks totally vintage! Great top and the sequins make it all the better

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    1. Thanks , Kristin! I really love it, although it is quite heavy and hot to wear. And now I'm in the " finding sequins on the floor " phase, heeheehee!

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  15. This was so pretty in person!

    Also, I'm going to need the directions to the fountain of youth. Clearly, you know where it is as you truly look about 25 years old!

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    1. Girl, you do not need any help! You have the most beautiful skin! Just keep doing whatever it is you are doing.

      And thanks! I think this top is so pretty, but with my limited photography skills I couldn't quite capture it!

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