Sew Your Own Party Wear Edit

Laurens round up of fancy fabrics to help make your festive season sparkle!

With 2022 finally feeling like the year we can get back to normal over the festive season in terms of having some fun get togethers with family and friends, you might be starting to think ahead about some fancier handmade outfits! Whether you like to go for it with a special Christmas Day outfit, or have some parties or events planned, I've got lots of inspiration with our selection of party wear projects. I'm not necessarily talking black tie, red carpet or ball gown vibes, but more some gorgeous wearable outfits of separates that you might pair together to for those special occasions!

To see the fabrics up close, check out my latest Youtube video below. Or read on for all the links to the fabrics and patterns that I mention!

Sequins

A simple top or even skirt in sequin fabric can make a big impact and isn't as hard as you'd think to sew, especially if you stick to the little mini sequin fabrics. The range we have is on power mesh, which is light-weight, malleable and stretchy so you could opt to line it with a stable fabric like a plain viscose or light weight cotton even, to give the fabric more structure and help support it. Or, you could line it with a jersey fabric and make something stretchy! You could even make a sheer garment and wear it over a slip or vest top!

Simple tops such as the Closet Core Ceilo, the Grainline Scout Tee, Friday Pattern Company Square Neck Top and the True Bias Ogden Cami are all great ones to use as the simple construction means there isn't many seams to work through with the sequins.

We featured the Cloest Core Ceilo Top in a Sewing Society Kit a few years ago and in the top tips video, that is still available to access, gives instruction on how to line a sequin top.

For the denser fabrics (disco sequin leopard and black sequin stripe) you may need to take out the sequins from the seam allowances.

Stretch Velour

These gorgeous rich, jewel like colours are perfect for this time of year and the velvety texture and sheen gives such a lux finish to this fabric. With a 4 way-stretch this fabric is ideal for stretch patterns like the Friday Pattern Company Adrienne Top, the Sew Liberated Stasia Dress or the Cashemrette Appleton Wrap dress. Dresses with a bit more texture and drape like the Sew Over It Georgie Dress or the Joni Dress from Tillys 'Stretch' Book would look lovely.

A slightly different weight is a new stretch ponte fabric we have that has a Devore finish in a subtle animal print inspired design. This fabric is classed as a stretch fabric but the finish on it gives it more structure. It would look really nice as a Skirt like the Deer and Doe Brume skirt, a nice fitted pencil skirt style for stretch fabrics. Or trousers like the Style Arc Parker Ponte Trousers.

Printed Viscose

A pretty top or blouse in a striking printed viscose paired with some jeans or smart trousers also makes a lovely, perhaps more casual, festive look! I've picked out these lovely Fabric Godmother prints as I think the designs and colour palate is perfect for this time of year!

The Friday pattern Company Patina would be lovely. The blouse I'm wearing in the video posted above is the Fibremood Ermine Blouse, which is surprisingly simple and quick make as it just has a bias bound neckline rather than a collar. There are lots of pretty blouse options on the Fibremood website that can be purchased there as individual PDFs. All those patterns come with a file that does have seam allowance included so you can then make use of our A0 pattern printing service to have the pattern printed for you. I especially like the Victoria Blouse, Norma Blouse and Tanita top for a really simple quick make.

You could also opt for any of the simple top patterns that I suggested for the sequin fabric. I think The Assemble Line Cuff Top would also be a nice simple, yet effective one and it is also available as a dress. And for a bit of frill the Friday pattern Company Davenport or Tilly and the Buttons Marnie would also be super nice!

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