Hot! The “I Wear My Sunglasses At Night” Outfit

The Facts
Fabric: Clip-dot chiffon $5, sequin fabric $15, black lining remnants $3
Pattern: Self-drafted skirt and Stretch & Sew 300
Year: Now obviously, and 1974
Notions: 7″ invisible zip $1
Time to complete: 7 hours (14 eps of 30 Rock)
First worn: Just for pics
Wear again? When I want to be fancy
Total price: ~$24
It may not shock you in the least to learn that I have never been to Las Vegas. I just don’t have the personality for it (read boring). So of course when this theme popped up I panicked (I obsess over SW a lot). And then I took a deep breath and plunged into searching for sequinned fabric. As you do. But the real kind, not the glued-on metallic dots kind. This proved about as difficult as I expected. There are options online, but they’re often quite expensive.

It was a little difficult to find exactly what I wanted, but prep for this challenge just so happened to coincide with the need to go to NYC for work. Garment district with a ton of fabric shops?! Heck. Yes. So I allowed myself to splurge on some fabrics that needed to go home with me. I was actually pleasantly surprised to find these sequins for under $20 a yard – heck, under $50! Other types are probably softer on the reverse side, this one had to be lined lest I scratch my skin off.

At first I wanted to go more for 1960s Vegas/Ocean’s 11-original Rat Pack version. And pictures of Angie Dickinson, brought me around to this bolero and outfit that I pinned from Etsy over a year ago. Once I had the top sorted out I just needed to figure out the bottom. And I eventually came around to this tutu-like skirt. The clipped-dots even add a little more sparkle! I sort of got a little Sex And The City vibe when I put my pointy shoes on, but that’s not really “Vegas”. Hmmm…

Anyway, I got this silly idea to do the photos like paparazzi snaps of celebrities. I wasn’t totally married to the idea if they ended up looking stupid, but I thought a few were actually sort of cool. This is an “evening” sort of outfit anyway. Gina, Kazz, and Rachel’s consistently high-fashion photo shoots really inspired me to break out of my boring bubble.

I wanted to try this outfit with a white t-shirt too, but husband said it looked a little “Michael Jackson” and I ultimately agreed. Here’s some day-time photos to get the details better.

The sequins are actually two different kinds, layered. Yes, they went EVERYWHERE as I sewed. They no doubt found their way into my machine, so that needs to be cleaned now.

The lining kept weirdly peeping out on my right side. Apparently I need to re-fit it. Otherwise, I’m pleasantly very surprised by this outfit. Husband said it looks more “me” with the flat shoes. Now we just need to actually go out at night.

The title was “The ‘Sparkle Motion’ Outfit” for a long time because I thought it was going to look like I was a contestant on Star Search, but I thought it ended up being better than that, so Corey Hart won.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Sooo sparkly, I love it! Your idea for paparazzi shots was a great idea as well, very cool! :)

  2. I love this Liz! So impressed that you used sequins. I’ve actually never tried though I am a huge fan and have more sequined pieces than a gal who doesn’t work on stage should have. It looks great with both heels and flats. I hope you get to wear it soon. Thanks for the compliment on the photos-that’s the most stressful part for me.

    • Thanks, Gina! Photos *are* one of the most stressful parts, aren’t they?! But I always love yours, you always find such cool locations.

  3. Love the night photos! This ensemble photographs so well. Cute!

  4. Absolutely awesome outfit.. Loved the celeb style photos…

  5. Liz this is awesome! Love your mix of fabric choices and your hair, heels and glasses! And the night time paparazzi shots – so cool! You look hot!

    • Thanks, Trish!! I had to rescue these shoes out of the bag ready for Goodwill because they are not the most comfortable things to walk in.

  6. I LOVE ALL OF IT!! But especially that jacket! I need that jacket in my life! I think your pics turned out great, too!

    • Thanks, Nettie!! You can make one too!! I missed the name of the shop when I was there, but the receipt says H&M Fabrics at 257 W 39th St. The sequin fabrics are all on the wall immediately to your right when you walk in – behind a barber’s chair. It was a crazy place.

  7. Hi Liz, love this outfit on you. Seeing both the night and day photo allow us to appreciate the fabric selections. Way to go with cool photos!

  8. Too cool…love the night shots! Believe it or not there are other things to do in Vegas besides the casinos and the strip. There used to be the coolest vintage store, it was HUGE. I almost took my daughter shopping there when we saw The Offspring at the Hard Rock but she was too excited. If you ever go go in the winter when it’s not 108 and the tourists are few : )

  9. I love your outfit and your night shots! Great inspiration this week!

  10. You look like a movie star trying to slip out the back door before the fans chase you down. I think you nailed this challenge. Love the fancy sparkly outfit! Great job!

  11. Awesome outfit! The paparazzi photos are fantastic too!

  12. Totally agree that the pics are the worst bit of the week….I don’t know why my husband and kids put up with me trying to psyche myself up to have my photo taken. Afterwards is good though, when it’s all over.

    I think the night photos are inspired, and love this outfit with the heels and the flats. The sequinned cardy is just gorgeous and easily a match for that one you pinned. And I love the shape and waistband of the skirt.

  13. I love your photo shoot concept! and your outfit marvelous. well done.

  14. You rocked the Vegas theme while staying true to your own style….that’s awesome, Liz!. I’m not a Vegas night lift person either, so I applaud how gung ho you were about this challenge…NYC sequins acquisition and all. The outfit is perfect Liz-glam and so ready for a night out….You and Mr. Liz should definitely make that happen soon.

  15. Fabulous! Great idea for a photoshoot, great outfit, and I love that you were so insistent on finding a fantastic sequin fabric rather than the usual cheap, nasty stuff. I love the sequins you picked – they remind me of chain mail.

  16. LOVE the bolero – it looks fantastic in sequins – what a great idea!! Your night photo shoot is so fun – definitely feels Vegas-y to em!