Metallic is in all the shops right now, but whenever I look at a price tag I always think I could do better for less. (Does sewing make you arrogant? Guilty as charged, I guess!)
I also knew that if a certain fabric is in all the high street shops, it’s going to find its way to The Man Outside Sainsburys – a fact he and I discussed this very weekend as I purchased a metre of quilted metallic synthetic something. Highly synthetic something. Highly metallic. Not for the faint of heart.
I decided to make a short sleeved tunic version of the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress. Can’t show you the short sleeves on me because it was nippy noodles out there. Brrrrrrrrr!
Despite this fabric’s weirdness (technical term) I was able to pin and cut it with no problem. It pressed fine too, though I needed to use a press cloth. Tiny amount of gold covering my surfaces now, but not much.
I left out the back centre seam on this make because I just didn’t think it was going to work well with so much bling already on my behind. I pre-washed but I’m not sure that was an entirely necessary step. This ain’t no linen blend.
The tunic layers well with neutrals and it’s arguably advisable to tone it down in this way. But I love how the metallic works with the autumnal golds we’re enjoying right now. Isn’t this the most beautiful time of year? My Instagram feed is full of red, copper and gold, which makes me very happy indeed.
As does the news that Did You Make That has been shortlisted for Sewing Blog Of The Year over at The British Craft Awards. That was a lovely surprise! I’m in great company. Do go and vote, if you feel so inclined. You stand a chance of winning a £100 Amazon voucher. Thanks in anticipation, if you do choose to vote!