Sequins – a festival requirement

I sing in the kick-ass women’s only pop choir Lips. This summer we have two pretty monumental gigs coming up, Camp Bestival and Bestival – two pretty big festivals in the UK. Sadly I will miss be bigger of the two, Bestival, as I will be living in Denmark then (major sad face). But two weeks from now we’ll be rocking it out at Camp Bestival. Can’t. Bloody. Wait.

So.. the outfit.

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In terms of dress code generally it’s all about conveying a sense of PARTY on stage. For Camp Bestival I decided to go down the sequins route. Obviously I had to make my own outfit, so when I was visiting Goldhawk road the other week, I picked up some cream sequin fabric. Seeing that sequins fabric is quite pricey compared to what I normally spend (this was £10/m), I only got 1.5m, hoping it would be enough.

I first considered making a skirt or a jacket, but ended up settling on one of my favourite patterns, the Wiksten tank dress  (as demonstrated here and here). It’s such a tempting make as it only takes a few hours to put together, and I think the casual look screams comfortable and festival.

I had to cheat slightly when making the neck and armhole binding due to lack of fabric. Rather than cutting it on the bias, I cut it along the grainline. I think it will be fine through, as it’s such an odd fabric that consists of a woven shiny lining, with a kind of net sequin overlay. I.e. it doesn’t really behave like normal woven fabric.

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I’ve said it before, but one of the things I love about this pattern are the french seams. I now use this method on most of the clothes I make.

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As usual, I made a size M without any adjustments other than adding an extra 1-1.5″ to the length.

Here are a few more photo’s of the finished item. Am rushing to finish this so that I can head to the park (the sun is shining on us on London!) so I spent literally no time on styling these photo’s (i.e. bad hair).

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If you’re heading to either Bestival or Camp Bestival this year I can really recommend checking us out!

Project summary:

  • Pattern: Wiksten tank top – already in my pattern stash
  • Fabric: £10/m from a shop in Goldhawk road – £15
  • Thread etc – £1

Total: £16

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