Spoiler alert: I didn’t wear this outfit (insert sad face).
When I found out we had gotten highly-sought after reservations to the French Laundry, I immediately knew I wanted to wear something me-made. After all, I was so proud of having worn a complete handmade outfit to Quince for my birthday. But other than men having to wear a jacket, there isn’t a lot of guidelines for what to wear to a 3-Michelin star restaurant. So, I decided to try my hand at sequins…sequins are always fancy, right?
The fabric I selected online wasn’t what I expected in person, and holding the length up to my body, I immediately saw the 70s (and not in a good way). So my uncertainty of the taste-level of the fabric planted the seed of doubt into my mind. My initial style plan was a simple A-line type dress. Well, the dress length only accentuated the 70s-ishness of the outfit, so I scraped that idea and went with a simple top and navy slim pant outfit idea.
Sewing sequined fabric sucks. We all know you have to remove the paillettes from the seam allowance, but you really do actually have to remove all the paillettes from the seam allowances. That took significantly longer than sewing the top. The linear arrangement of square paillettes made matters so much worse (diagonal seams and darts were impossible). I couldn’t take it anymore, so I finished the neck, sleeve, and hem allowance with shimmery gold HugSnug. I felt like this was a good solution, but the seed in my mind was growing and growing (“my garment is slap together!”, kept running through my mind). But, I figured with the right accessories, it might still be okay. On to the pants!
I used the Amazing Fit slim pant pattern (Simplicity 1696) and this fabric from Mood for a pair of chic slim pants. They turned out okay–not perfect. But hey, I have these fab velvet heels to fancy it all up!