Ecofriendly Holiday Sparkle

Thanksgiving kicks off the holidays season in just over two weeks. This means lots of happy hours, cookie exchanges, family photos and, of course, holiday parties. It is the time of year when sparkles come back into style and sequins abound. But plastic sequins and fake sparkles are not earth friendly. And if done poorly, can also look quite trashy. Instead, sew yourself something stylish, shimmery and sustainable- something made from hemp and silk. 

This skirt is made from purple charmeuse which is a blend of 70% hemp and 30% silk. I used McCall's M7197 for the pattern to make this simple high-waisted skirt. The drape is perfect and I love to twirl in this. The hemp gives weight and durability while the silk gives shine. Check out the quick video below to see just how shiny it is. 

It is true that I may be a little bit biased because I carry this amazing fabric in my shop but, just like everything in my shop, if I didn't think it was wonderful I wouldn't stock it. And one of the great things about this fabric is that it can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. 

In the photo on the left I have paired it with a vintage beaded white sweater. This is a comfortable look that is still quite dressy and is great for parties of drinks with friends. On the right I am wearing it with a black jacket but a well fitted dark blouse would work just as well. 

Not into purple? How about a brilliant copper color dubbed 'autumn'. 

Autumn truly is the perfect description for this color. A little copper, a little gold and a lot of shimmer makes this a beautiful color on any skin tone. This dress was made with McCall's M6953 pattern in option B. There is no need for added sequins or glitter when you have a fabric like this.

And just like the royal purple version this fabric also looks good dressed up or down. 

On the left is just the dress with a simple pair of black shoes. Ideal for an office party or dinner with friends. On the right I have made it a touch more casual by adding a cardigan, belt and scarf. You would definitely be the best dressed at the cookie exchange if you showed up in this. 

However you style them, these two fabrics will give you a garment that is luminous without being gaudy. And since the fabric is mostly hemp it is far more durable and sturdy then silk alone. So if you are searching for just the right material to make your next holiday dress then consider these two sustainable and beautiful options. 

Happy Crafting!