Get set to sparkle!

Well – it had to happen. We’ve been working the 1970s revival – patterns galore and colours ablaze. Last winter saw a crop of metallic-styled collections in the shops – and we certainly enjoyed playing with our bronze, gold and silver knitted fabrics. Now, following the catwalk shows earlier this year, we’re looking to be launched headlong into sparkle heaven. Lurex, metallic threads, twinkling knits and shimmering weaves. No longer is the idea of a bit of sparkle in your wardrobe constrained to 1960s lurex twinsets and 70s eyeshadow. You only had to take a look at Florence + the Machine’s scintillating Glastonbury headline show to see that we’ve come on a bit on the sparkling front. We loved that flowing silver suit!
Florence + the Machine - silver sparkle jacket

Sparkling in AW15

There are lots of ways to sparkle in the coming season but a couple that we’ve picked up from the AW15 collections are these.

Option one – keep it simple Don’t let your shapes and drapes compete too much with the sparkle in your fabric. We love this top from Joseph, for example:
Top by Joseph - a simple way to use a sparkle fabric
Designers like Joseph and Vivienne Westwood too, who excel at deceptively simple, cleverly draped garments, are using sparkle to offset deceptively understated shapes in their collections this season.

Option 2 – colour contradiction When we think of fabrics that sparkle, we are inclined to think of 1970s disco styling. However AW15 will see lots of earthy colours – moss greens, bronzed browns – lifted to a different level with a little bit of sparkle as we can see in this Christopher Kane dress:
Christopher Kane dress - moss green with added sparkle

We’re sparkling on Pinterest…

We’ve been putting together some sparking style ideas on our ‘Get set to sparkle’ Pinterest board. We’ll keep adding to it as we head into AW15.

…and we’re sparkling at ClothSpot too

We’ve had a bit of a play with our own bit of sparkle – our ‘Raise it up’ sparkling cream stretch suiting fabric is a fabulous-quality fabric that we think will work just as well for summer sparkle as it will for evening and winter wear.
Sparkle cream stretch suiting fabric2
We’ve used it with Kwik Sew Pattern K334 – a very simple unlined jacket that we think dresses up and down.

Word to the wise – we think that pattern comes up a bit big, based on the measurements – it’s not quite as fitted as we would like, especially not for a fabric with a bit of stretch in it like our sparkle suiting. However we like the simple structure of it. It’s not exactly a complex piece of traditional tailoring, but it’s a great way to get a completed jacket out of a day’s sewing.

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