Hot! Merry and Bright!

Challenge: Happy Holidays!

The Facts:

Fabric: Black sequin stretchy fabric and black sheer fabric (maybe chiffon)
Pattern: NewLook 6483
Year: contemporary
Notions: thread
Time to complete: a few hours
First worn: December 23, hosting dinner and televised 49er game with friends.
Wear again? This will be just right for New Years in Phoenix!
Total price: Next to nothing….as both pieces of fabric were thrifted treasures



After seeing many versions of this in the stores this year, I decided to try it myself. The back is sheer black and the front is a small piece of sequin fabric. I cut one more front and back from the sheer so that I could totally line it. That makes the arms and neck look so much neater. I turned the lining to the inside through the shoulder openings. Then I sewed the outside shoulder seams and handstitched the lining shoulder seams. After that, I sewed the sides seams of both the lining and outside. I serged the bottom of the top and lining together and then turned it up about a quarter inch and top-stitched. 

On the left: Michael Kors Sequin top $260.00 and on the right: Neiman Marcus $148.00







I’m so pleased that I could make something just as lovely for less than $5.00. All it took was skill and time. The end result turned out perfectly. I love the sparkle! What a way to end the year!




















It’s been raining cats and dogs for the last three days, but it stopped long enough for my husband and I to go across the street and stand in front of the little park with the gorgeous redwood trees. I was afraid I might get my new Miz Mooz wet but the chips kept me safe.

I dug out my special Eddie Baur velvet pants, pinned them tighter around the waist, put some make up on, and took a few quick shots.

I can’t quite believe it, but I did every single challenge this year! I’ve made great connections and learned so much from all. I wonder what the New Year will bring? Happy New Year to all, and especially Mena. You were the one that made this all possible. Thank you so much.

Hip Hip Hurray! 52 Outfits in 2012!






Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Cute top! I love how it looks as good as the super-expensive ones – yay for being able to sew! ;-)

    I’ve enjoyed following along on your sewing adventures this year Barbara. Have a super lovely New Years!

  2. Love that top! It looks simultaneously special and versatile. I second a cheer for Mena!