Everyday Sparkles

Scraps. We all have them – those pieces that are too big to throw away but not big enough to do much with. I keep thinking I’ll use some of mine to make something for my daughter. She’s tiny and her clothing doesn’t require much yardage. I never do, though, and they just keep piling up. However, these days it’s perfectly acceptable to use several different textiles in one garment. I had a rather sizable piece of sequin fabric left over from this skirt and I decided to make it into a sweatshirt.

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I ordered one yard of Mood fabric’s Cadet charcoal french terry cotton knit and the matching Cadet charcoal rib knit in the hopes that they would match the silver baby sequin fabric I’d used last month. The colors blended perfectly. I pre-washed it all, including the sequins, so I could launder this top easily. I used Vogue 9026 for my pattern and cut out the small. The center front and center back seams were eliminated – not sure why they’re there anyway. I used the french terry for the body and sleeves and the rib knit for the binding at the neckline, cuffs and bottom band.

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The bottom band was doubled in length, an idea I copied from Amy’s pink cowl top made last year. I also think this pattern would be cute as a short dress. Hmm..

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These fabrics were such a joy to work with. Seriously, I’ve got to get more cotton knits. They behave and don’t slip around or stretch out like ITY knits do. They are also SO comfortable to wear and hide a multitude of lumps and bumps.

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I used a longer stitch length and topstitched the rib knit down at every seam.

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I used a bit of black tricot from my stash to line the sequin area. They’re sewn to mesh and I thought they might be see-through under the right lighting. I sewed the tricot and sequins to the terrycloth burrito style so I wouldn’t have to do any handstitching. This also contained any rough sequin edges that might irritate my skin.

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I finished the sleeves and armholes with an overlocking stitch.

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Dressform pictures:

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This was a really fun project to sew up and it went together quickly. I am now on the hunt for more garments to make using fabrics from my scrap pile. And if I can pair them with cotton knits so much the better.

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Comments


  • Erica Bunker
    January 25, 2016

    This made such a cute sweater! Just fabulous!

  • Tasha
    January 25, 2016

    Very LUXE! and good catch with lining the sequin area. I have to keep that in mind for future projects. You look great!

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks Tasha! I hate any type of scratchiness next to my skin (and I love to line stuff), so I guess it was just a matter of time before I started lining knits lol.

  • Barb
    January 25, 2016

    You are such a breath of fresh air! Beautifully sewn, as usual, and so stylish. Thank you for caring enough about what you do, to do it so well.

    Barb in Arlington

  • Cissie
    January 25, 2016

    Great top, Amanda. I’ll have to remember this for using up those scraps that I can’t seem to part with!

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      Watch out! Once you start making things from scraps you can’t stop. Not a bad thing, though. 😉 Thanks Cissie!

  • Cynthia
    January 25, 2016

    Beautiful top! Thanks for the tips on how to use fabric scraps.

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      For sure! Thanks for your comment Cynthia!

  • sallie
    January 25, 2016

    This is such an awesome idea!! And the end result is so fabulous! I’m actually wearing a sweatshirt I made out of that same terry cotton knit as I read this, and I love it!

    Excellent job taking an everyday garment and making it extra special!

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      Well, it was actually your sweatshirt that made me aware that these fabrics went together, so thank you for that. It IS a super cuddly fabric, perfect for winter. Thanks Sallie!

  • Amy
    January 25, 2016

    I love how the sequins takes what would ordinarily be a pretty basic top and brings it up a notch (or ten!). Great use of scraps. Fabulous top. I definitely need something like this in my closet!

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      I’m starting to really love easy wearing garments with fun design elements. The casual stuff can be interesting too, it just takes some pondering and careful fabric pairing. Thanks Amy!

  • Fiona
    January 25, 2016

    Oo another great sequin garment Amanda! I love how you’ve used the fabrics for this and also LOVE a bit of burrito technique. Very clever

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      And I still have a tiny bit of the sequins left, but I probably need to take a break from them for awhile. 🙂 Thanks Fiona!

  • Sandra J
    January 26, 2016

    Such a nice sweatshirt and the bling looks fantastic!

    • Amanda S.
      January 26, 2016

      Thanks so much Sandra!

  • Lori
    January 27, 2016

    what a great use of the leftover sequin fabric. I love this top and you look great.

    • Amanda S.
      January 27, 2016

      Thank you Lori!!!

  • Idle Fancy
    January 27, 2016

    Totally gorgeous, Amanda! Those sequins really elevate this sweater into a special piece. What an inspired choice. Love it!

  • Angela
    January 31, 2016

    Love how you did this sweatshirt and made it special! Also – you did a fantastic job with the V-neck, so even, smooth – that neckline is a thing of beauty. How did you do that so nicely? Any tips welcome! And… for some of us newer ones… while I have done the burrito technique with yokes, can you explain more about doing it with that sequin insert?

    • Amanda S.
      February 1, 2016

      You’ve asked some great questions. It would definitely be easier to explain stuff with pictures, probably easier to understand as well. You are not the first to ask about my V-neck technique. I just stay-stitched along the seamline of the V and clipped to the corner. The pattern has you make the neckbinding into a V before you insert it, maybe that’s the secret. Also I used a cotton fabric which usually takes these types of manipulations well. I went slow and sewed only up to the corner of the V and not a smidge beyond. As for the burrito method, you just squish all the fabric in between the pieces you are sewing together – hard to explain without pictures. I’ll try to be better about that in the future. Thanks for your comment Angela!

  • BeckyW
    February 3, 2016

    Love this! Excellent job.