Italian Brocade Holiday Top

Every year it happens—blink and the holidays are upon us. It’s Thanksgiving week  and the official start of the holiday season. I purchased this Italian “Sequin” Teal and Silver Brocade in September with plans for a holiday top. I fell in love with the photograph and then with description, “If you love sequin fabric but shudder at the thought of sewing with it, then this is the brocade for you. From Italy, this poly fabric features a sequin design of teal and metallic gunmetal. It’s lightweight with a crisp drape, and would sew up perfectly as dresses, tops, jackets and so many other items. We adore this trompe l’oeuil fabric! ” Another plus, it is wide—59″ wide.

Mood Fabrics' Italian Sequin Teal and Silver Brocade

I have always wanted a fancy holiday top with shimmer, glimmer and glitz, well this Holiday 2013 season, I have just that,

Holiday top made with Italian Faux Sequin Brocade from Mood Fabrics.

In my mind, I had the idea of a glamorous sleeveless top, with possibly a slit in the center back, then reality sunk in. It is usually freezing in the Midwest in December, plus our annual work party is in a very cold and drafty club. I decided sleeves were in order for my holiday top so I selected Simplicity 2305. Yes, this is a dress pattern but the features were just what I wanted. Dramatic sleeves, a shirttail hem and a scoop neck. all parts of this pattern.

 Holiday top made with Italian faux sequin brocade from Mood Fabrics.

My first step was to eliminate the waistband from this dress, which was just not using that piece! I then overlapped the bodice and the skirt, adding some width to the skirt through the hips, it is very straight. I also, raised the neckline 1″, remembering just before cutting the facing to do the same adjustment. On my muslin, I included the sleeve cuffs, sometimes those are tight on my biceps, must be too much lifting of the little guy.

The brocade tends to fray, so I serged all the raw edges before construction. Also, serging the hem and then turning it under twice for a nice clean finish.

Holiday top made with Italian Faux Sequin Brocade from Mood Fabrics.

The waistline was shaped for a more fitted look, maintaining a bit of a oversized look to balance my new ponte pants.

Mood Fabric's Italian sequin brocade made up into a holiday top and paired with ponte pants
I did use facings on the top, something I don’t do very often but with this top I wanted a nice, clean, smooth finish. I used a clean finish facing technique. Fusible interfacing is stitched to the outer edge of the facing, lining up the wrong side of the interfacing (non-fusible) to the right side of the facing. Stitch a narrow 1/4″ seam, turn right side out, working that seam with your fingers to get a smooth edge. All the interfacing should be hidden and then press the interfacing in place. From the right side of the facing, you shouldn’t see any interfacing and you have a very clean finish on your facings.

 Just check out the neckline and the close photograph of this beautiful fabric. I mean,how real do those faux sequins look?

Holiday top made with Italian Faux Sequin Brocade from Mood Fabrics.

 Also, if my Santa is reading this, I sure could use a new dress form, since I just recently broke mine (see the duct tape).

This fabric would be perfect in a jacket, skirt or dress, whatever your holiday plans require. It also comes in a black and gold colorway. I knew for my party with the farmers, ranchers and cowboys that a shimmer, glimmer and glitz top was just the item. Heck, they might not even recognize me in such fancy clothes!

 Simplicity 2305 top made with Mood Fabric's sequin brocade fabric.
 
The wreath is hung on our front door, the holiday season is here and I am ready for the party in my new brocade top. Who knows, maybe I will have another one or two parties to attend this year!

Cynthia Rowley top made using Mood Fabrics' Italian Sequin Brocade

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Comments


  • Carmen
    November 27, 2013

    Very pretty! The slightly “pouffy” sleeves look great on you — not too much — just right.

    • Lori
      November 27, 2013

      Thank you, Carmen. I thought the same thing, a bit of glamour but not over the top.

  • Peter
    November 27, 2013

    OK, I read this entire post without realizing this top had “sequins” and not sequins till I saw that close-up.. Amazing fabric and a very pretty top. Crossing my fingers that Santa brings you a dress form!

    • Lori
      November 27, 2013

      Isn’t it amazing fabric, Peter? The other side is nice, too, much more metallic. Thank you so much, and I hope so, too. I will have to drop several hints.

  • Ginger
    November 27, 2013

    What an unusual fabric! I love these colors! It really is perfect for a party!

    • Lori
      November 27, 2013

      Thanks, Sonja, it is an unique fabric, wonderful to work with. I am ready for the party!

  • Vicki
    November 27, 2013

    Very nice! Interesting treatment of the shoulder line and slivers and gorgeous fabric. Happy Thanksgiving.

    • Lori
      November 27, 2013

      Thank you, Vicki, it is great fabric and a nice pattern. Always a good combination. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

  • jsews
    November 27, 2013

    Anothergorgeous top and so perfectforthe holidays. Comfotable and pretty. Love the fabric how unusual.

    • Lori
      November 27, 2013

      Thank you jsews, it will be a nice addition for the holidays.

  • Linda L
    November 27, 2013

    Like Peter I didn’t realize that this top did not have sequins but the look of them. I really like this top and the sleeves look very flattering on you! Great job.
    Enjoy the holiday parties!

    • Lori
      November 27, 2013

      Thank you Linda, it is a very beautiful fabric and easy to sew.

  • SheriNJ
    November 28, 2013

    Love this! Next time I’m shopping at Mood I’m going to look for this fabric and touch it in person!

    • Lori
      November 28, 2013

      Thanks, Sheri, it is the nicest fabric.

  • Curry
    November 28, 2013

    This is such a fantastic fabric and a wonderful garment! Thanks for sharing all the pics and details. Well done!!!! Hey Santa! This girl deserves a new dress form!!!!

    • Lori
      November 29, 2013

      Thank you, Curry, this was a fun garment to make, reworking a pattern and then the fabulous fabric. Sequins without the challenge! I will pass your message onto Santa on my behalf. Thanks again.

  • mary
    November 29, 2013

    Fake sequins? These don’t wash off, or rub away, or break needles? Feel rubbery at all…. If you’d made something sleeveless would it have chafed/stuck to the skin under the arms? Does it breathe well?

    The problem with on-line shopping is often that appropriate ideas don’t spring to mind when you can’t feel the texture.
    Mary

    • Lori
      November 29, 2013

      The sequins are more woven, I should put a picture up of the back, it is woven. No don’t wash away, break a needle or rub away. It would be very comfortable if sleeveless and it does breathe. You can always order a swatch to feel the fabric.

  • Sally
    November 29, 2013

    The more I look at those photos, the more I like the top! It looks really comfortable to wear too? And thanks to you we now know about a wonderful fabric that definitely works as advertised :) )

    • Lori
      November 29, 2013

      Thanks, Sally, I love my top and can see wearing it with jeans and a blazer/sweater, too. it is fabulous fabric. and a comfortable top to wear.

  • Joen
    November 29, 2013

    Great top. Love the color combination, and it looks very comfortable which is always a plus for a great holiday outfit.

    • Lori
      November 29, 2013

      Thanks, Joen, green is a different color for me but I do think I will add more to my wardrobe, this fabric is wonderful.

  • Amy
    November 30, 2013

    Wow! What a fabulous top! And, I can’t believe those are faux sequins! So fun!

    • Lori
      November 30, 2013

      Thanks, Amy, it is amazing fabric. and so much easier to sew than real sequins.

  • Carolyn
    November 30, 2013

    What a great new holiday top! You’ll look fantastic in it at holiday events!

    • Lori
      November 30, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn, it will be fun to wear.

  • Amanda S.
    December 2, 2013

    This color looks awesome on you! Lovely fabric too!

    • Lori
      December 2, 2013

      thanks, I think I need to buy more that color. I really like it and I don’t have much of it in my closet.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2013

    Great photos and a beautiful top! Love that fabric :)

    • Lori
      December 3, 2013

      Thank you, Sarah, it is a garden we have in our community . The garden is privately owned but the public is welcome.

  • Mood Sewing Network
    December 5, 2013

    That fabric!!! I love it! Brocade sequins would be so much easier to sew than real ones for sure.

    • Lori
      December 5, 2013

      You are so right, the fabric is the star, it is amazing and wonderful to sew.

  • Kimberly
    December 11, 2013

    Well done….just plain well done.

    • Lori
      December 12, 2013

      Oh, thank you so much, Kimberly.