Monday, August 20, 2012
And now it is: a gold sparkly cardigan!
The fabric is light stretchy jersey knit, that has been fully sewn all over with miniature gold sequins. It has been in my stash for several years, ever since those happy golden sparkles seduced me during Fabulous Fabric's annual 50% off all sequinned and beaded fabrics Christmas sale ...
The shell of the cardigan is entirely hand-sewn, since very shortly into the project ie. the cutting stage; I realised that no sewing machine needle was ever going to cope with those little metal sequins.
Whilst I was sewing it I found myself chanting in my head a pointless monotonous mantra "I am my own sweatshop; I am my own sweatshop" with a mixture of wonder and disbelief that I was even going down this path. I mean, I don't mind hand-sewing. I even would say I like hand-sewing, I like it a lot! but I have to admit this was a very time consuming project. A labour of love :)
Sewing the shell; I stabbed the needle up and down for each stitch in a quilting stitch configuration (two stitches forward, one little stitch back), searching with my needle each time for a gap between sequins or a hole in the sequins.
Sewing the shell to the lining; the edges of the sequinned shell are turned in over the edges of the lining, encasing it, and slip stitched in place, again searching for the holes in the sequins for each stitch.
I have been working on this cardigan on and off for a full month... and I have a massive re-awakened respect for the hand-sewing and beading specialists of India.
Both the cardigan and the liner were cut using my own custom-fit Tshirt pattern, cut with a centre front opening and with a deep Vneck.
I hand-sewed brass press-studs down each front, so I can close the cardigan so it looks like a little Tshirt or jumper, if I want to.
Some might think this a silly and frivolous cardigan, in fact I am a bit nervous about the reaction it is going to get... the last time I posted a sparkly garment on my blog here I received a very back-handed comment :( but I love it and it is going to be a lifelong player in my wardrobe. This might sound nerdy; but I feel quite exhilarated that this super-exotic thing is now hanging in my wardrobe. To have something as impractical and fabulous as this in my possession... I feel like an exotic butterfly has flown in through the window and chosen to alight on a hanger in my wardrobe...!
I just hope I can live up to its gorgeousness!
Cardigan; self-drafted, made of gold sequinned stretch fabric, lined with pale yellow cotton jersey knit
Tshirt; self-drafted, actually the very same pattern as the cardigan! made of white cotton jersey dyed red and brown, details here
Skirt; Vogue 1247, of purple stretch denim dyed brown, details and my review of this pattern here, and this skirt styled in 6 different ways here
Boots; Sempre di, from Zomp shoes