FINISHED! A Lurex mini challenge

Back in January, when I was at the Fabric Store, Emma from Ernest Flagg and I both bought 1.2m of this fun lurex. It is quite sheer and has a very subtle sparkle to it which I failed to capture well in these photos. It was an impulse buy and not particularly well thought through as I don't often wear grey. I love it on other people it is just not a colour that I love to wear (sequins aside).  But caught up in a moment of lurex, at the time I envisioned a little top to wear with jeans, but later decided that it might be fun to make into a dress.
Following on from my success with the Saiph Tunic and knowing that this pattern (sans sleeves) requires, with a good width of fabric, only 1.2 metres I decided to make the Saiph up again. To my own detriment, it's not often that I make up a pattern more than once and certainly not in such quick succession, so it did feel weird to return so quickly to this one.  Last time I made up the XS but this time I made up a straight XXS.  It fixes the armscye problems of the last one without sacrificing the lovely trapeze look.The dress still slips around the shoulders a bit but no big deal.
Those big dots on the back of the fabric are in fact large raindrops that started to fall as I was taking these photos not imperfections with the fabric although there was a few on the fabric which I needed to be wary of as I cut.  I lined it in a cheap dark navy slippery fabric which works a treat.  Despite being able to slip it straight over my head I kept the back seam and added a self covered button at the top.
I wonder whether I should have made up the other version of this pattern with the straight bottom, but there is no point regretting my choice now.  This is such a cute tunic that it might get a wear for a date night although I need to settle on the accessories. Not sure if these tights and shoes work 100%.
I wonder what Emma made with her fabric? Go over and check out her make.  I can't wait to see what she made! I've really liked doing this challenge.  As for the Saiph tunic, I'm done with it for now but it has definitely been fun! 

42 comments:

  1. Gorgeous, i love it! Its actually weird seeing something else made up in the fabric that i've been staring at for so long. loved doing this too and yes we should definitely do it again - perhaps an annual challenge?? Thanks for the fun! ps i like the black tights:)

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  2. Renee //nearestthepinFebruary 16, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I like the tights too - and LOVE the tunic, great fabric / pattern combo :)

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  3. I think the grey looks lovely on you Kristy! I also think that the fluted skirt gives it interest. I wouldn't regret a thing with this one! It's a winner!

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  4. this is a great little dress! i'm no help with the accessorizing, but i think the black tights look fine!

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  5. This is so cute on you! Such a beautiful fabric. And stellar plaid-matching across the back!

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  6. Oh goodness, what a great and fun dress! Perfect length and perfect amount of flirty flounce. As for accessories, you could keep it monochrome, or you could add a colourful accent necklace (or tights) for a pop of colour.

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  7. It's so cute, as always! I love how the circle skirt shows off the plaid!

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  8. This is so cute! I love the fabric.

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  9. Oh my gosh, I love this! It's just perfect. Did the navy lining make the fabric look like a really pretty light blue-grey, or is it just my eyes?

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  10. Grey looks great on you! And this stye is perfect. Lovely adition to your collection of beauties!

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  11. Very cute! I love it! Nice choice with the plaid and I'm a big fan of circle skirts/flounces right now. Obviously, you're now booked in to attend 'drop waist anonymous' meetings with me now too. Or instead we could just create a drop waist enterprise ;-)

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  12. This is a great style on you Kirsty.

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  13. I'm with Maria - you do drop waisted so well! Loving this dress on you, such fabulous fabric, too (love the close up) :)

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  14. lovely dress, I like the change in direction of the plaid in the skirt portion - very cool!

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  15. Maider.... MasustakFebruary 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    It looks great on you! I love lurex fabric, I have to buy this kind of fabric! Love it!

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  16. it really suits you, and that bit of sparkle totally makes it! I mean to comment on your previous Saiph too, to say thanks for the info on Papercut's sizing. I just measured the pattern pieces for my hoodie and the sizes come up my bigger than expected. I'd never have thought to do it if you hadn't mentioned it!

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  17. I agree! An annual challenge is a great idea. It was fun to try and come up with something with such a little piece of fabric.

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  18. Thanks Renee. I really pondered tights v no tights with this one.

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  19. Thanks Margot. I agree, the skirt makes it fun and different.

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  20. I worked on that matching so thanks for noticing :)

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  21. Yes, a pop of colour would work well. I'll keep my eyes open for something fun.

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  22. I have become just a little bit obsessed with a circle skit and plaid / stripes. Maybe one of the sewcialist theme months should be plaid :)

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  23. Thanks so much. The fabric is great isn't it.

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  24. Funny you should say that as that's why I bought the navy lining in the hope that it would bring out a bit of blue in the grey. I'm not sure it actually worked but glad you think you can see it! :)

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  25. Ha ha ha. Why fight it! I am a fully fledged card carrying member of the I Love Drop Waist society! I say the drop waist enterprise !!

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  26. Thanks Maria. We should have got you to buy some of this fabric too, I would have loved to see what you would have made.

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  27. Thanks Mel. I'm just a little bit addicted to the drop waist!

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  28. Thanks Kristy! It was really lucky that the dress only requires such a small amount of fabric.

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  29. It was surprisingly easy to sew. I see more lurex in my future!!

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  30. I'm so glad it helped. I'm excited to see your hoodie as I have been thinking about that pattern... not that I need anything else on the sewing list.. but it is a hoodie :)

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  31. Aww. Thanks. We know there will be a 'next time':)

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  32. LOVE A DROPPED WAIST! And that fabric is disco AND classic at the same time which is pretty much the holy grail huh? I don't mind the black tights, but am thinkg a crazy pop of colour would be fun too. Like mustard! Or red!

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  33. This is the perfect style for you! This dress is gorgeous and fun at the same time. I love that it's plaid (I'm slightly obsessed now that I finally made something plaid).

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  34. Such a fab little dress. As for accessorising, this could look very cute with little ankle boots or funkis clogs.

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  35. i just lurve both of these spangly watery drinks of makes...and did you notice you both chose mirror images of pattern placement for the front ?


    THAT BUTTON IS THE BOMB.

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  36. Yes to the mustard! I think that would be cool.

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  37. I'm obsessed with plaid as well and think there should be a sewcialist plaid sewing month!

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  38. OH I agree re the boots or clogs. In fact I'm not sure why I decided at the last minute to put tights on as I had been trying it on all the time with a completely different pair of shoes Oh well, it has some versatility!

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  39. Shucks thanks! Ha I didn't notice that but had to pop back to Emma to look at her placement! Yay to the self covered button. Good luck with project sewn this week. Just want to steal that lace bolero!!

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  40. Yes, we should definitely have a plaid month!

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