Hot! “The Sparkly Vicar” Dress.

“Mum, that’s my hat.  And why are you dressed as a vicar?”

It’s true. I confess. I bought this sequinned beret for my six year old daughter for Christmas but secretly planned to wear it myself. I am officially a bad parent.  And as for the vicar comment – well I can kind of see what she means.

I originally intended to add sequins to the dress as well but in the general spirit of trying to make stuff I will wear regularly I left them off.  Maybe if I had added them it would look at touch less ecclesiastical.  Anyway,

The Facts

Fabric – Navy blue wool mix suiting.  I got about 5 metres off  ebay a while back for next to nothing.
Pattern:  Peony by Colette
Year: 2011
Notions: Zipper, although I could have got away without it as I can get it on and off without undoing it.
Time to complete:  About a day.
First worn: Today, to Canterbury, our nearest city.  We fed the ducks, froze our backsides off then had to recover in the pub.

Wear again? Once I have sewn the facings down properly.  There are a lot of changes I will make to the fit when I try this pattern again (and I definitely will make it again, it’s a dream to sew and I love the style) but it will do for work.

Total price: Less than £5.00



Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


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  1. Three things in list form because, well, I like making lists:
    1. I love that you used teh word “ecclesiastical”… I just love the weighty way it sounds!
    2. I have sisters that I frequently buy presents for, fully intending to “borrow” said present for an extended period of time.
    3. That color blue is fabulous on you!

  2. You are a very saucy vicar! That’s a great pattern

  3. I used this pattern too and in blue! You’re right, it is a dream to sew up. Very well done, it looks great!

  4. I like it, sparkly beret and all. :)

  5. Love that beret and your snazzy vicar dress!

  6. You look really stylish in blue!

  7. Really love it! You could always add a sparkly belt if you wanted to jazz it up for the evening but not the day.

  8. I bought a hot pink sequin beret like that for my mom when I was about your daughter’s age! She never wore it. You look great in the beret and your lovely Peony.

  9. A vicar with good taste in hats! The blue is gorgeous on you.

  10. Thank you all for your lovely comments. @sorbetsurprise – I love the idea of a sparkly belt, I’m going to keep an eye out for one, or stuff to make it.