When I said I was done with all things glitter and sequins, I was clearly lying to myself. This latest make is unashamedly inspired by the genius sequinned Cleo dungaree dress sewn by Kate of The Foldline.
Sadly, I couldn’t find any sequinned fabric I liked enough on Walthamstow market, but I did come across this glittery knit in Classic Textiles. £3.50 later, I was carrying it home and wondering if all my senses had abandoned me.
A Cleo dungaree dress made out of knit fabric.
A Cleo dungaree dress made out of glittery knit fabric.
Would the gods of sewing hurl lightning bolts of anger?
Well, there were no sudden infernos and my dress turned out okay if you ignore how badly off grain the fabric is! It’s made of rows of black glitter and brown wool, but I found it very difficult (translate – couldn’t be arsed) to carefully line things up. And to be frank, what glares in photos doesn’t always show up in real life.
This is a very stable knit, key to even a whisper of a hope of success. I didn’t treat it any differently to a woven, though the dress did come out longer than my previous makes and needed shortening.
There was no way I was sewing buttonholes, so buckles it was thanks to Amazon Prime (link here).
Top Tip: I always end up trimming 3.5 inches from the length of the straps. I’m going to do this automatically from now on. On this make, I also tacked the end of the straps down to the facing, to stop them flopping around or poking out. I do like tidiness in my sewing!
This was a fun make and is a likely wear for Christmas Day. Lots of room for an expanding tummy.
Okay. Now, I swear, I’m done with the glitter. But I’m not necessarily done with weird fabrics…