Monday, 5 December 2016

Studio 54 Gold Top

After lots of enjoyable research and a very wearable practice run, my disco-style gold top finally went on its first outing this weekend. 


The event was a friend's 50th birthday party and the dress code was Studio 54/disco inferno. There was lots of metallic on display and a fair few three-piece-suits, so we blended right in. Jon even grew a moustache especially for the occasion! 


Taking inspiration from images of a disco-fabulous Farrah Fawcett dancing at Studio 54, I used the self drafted Anita Tie Top from the Sew Over It Vintage book as my starting point. I made a few changes from my practice version, but not as many as I'd envisaged. I lowered and widened the neckline slightly, lengthened the top and straightened the side seams for a more voluminous effect. I ended up keeping the bottom band that I'd planned to discard, as it does give the top a nice shape. 


The fabric is a Viscose Foil from Ray Stitch. There is a slight stickiness to it when you press it, so I was very careful with the iron. Apart from that it was surprisingly easy to sew with. The seams are unfinished (the fabric doesn't fray) and the neckline is simply turned under and top stitched. There's a tiny bit of neckline rippling going on, but I figured the gold blingy-ness would distract the eye! The fabric is reasonably wide (150cms) so I managed to make the entire top from just one metre, yay!

Me and my beau, suited and booted and ready to party….


…and a bit of a blurry one of me with the birthday boy, giving John Travolta a good run for his money. Have a good day! 





28 comments:

  1. That is absolutely perfection! How great; a wonderful project and it turned out so well.

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  2. Wow, I love it!! The top has turned out so well. Love the tie waist, such a flattering feature, and the flicked hair. That style top might make a nice summer top from Liberty Lawn too!

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    1. Thank you! And it does make a nice summer top in Liberty lawn as that's what I made my first version from! x

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    2. Durr! Either I subconsciously knew that but had forgotten, or great minds think alike! (My money's on forgotten :-) ) x

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  3. Your top worked out so well! Perfect for the theme. I often find metallic fabrics go sticky after ironing, I have had a few disasters with that in the past.

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    1. Thanks Christina! Yes, the whole sticky metallic fabric thing has massive potential for disaster! x

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  4. Looks class! Well done on going all out - worked a treat!! Either I'm getting close to 50 or the birthday chap has great genes.... or both ;)

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    1. Good genes I think - he's a handsome fellow! x

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    1. Thank you. He made no effort whatsoever (apart from the moustache) yet somehow managed to look perfect! x

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  6. Looks so great Jane! I used the same stuff for an Inari dress and was surprised at how easy it was to work with and press (lightly).
    Hope yours gets another spin soon :) x

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    1. Thanks Shauni! Ooh can't wait to see your Inari dress, that sounds fab! x

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  7. What a good idea for a party!! You all workin that disco fever like rock stars for sure! The top is fabulous & you guys looked great.

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    1. It really was a great theme for a party, everyone looked fab! x

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  8. Wonderful! You both look very splendid indeed!

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  9. The top is flawless!!

    Your man did you proud (FOXY!).

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  10. You and your top look really fantastic

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  11. Love it, and you look amazing in it. Isn't your partner dapper too eh.

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