A sequin blouse is perfect to wear around the holidays, though I plan to wear this top casually, pairing it with slim jeans or corduroy pants, the hem half-tucked. What is half-tucked? Loosely tuck in only the front, leaving the back out. Alternatively tuck in the right front and back, leaving the left side out. Please refer to J. Crew catalogs for photo illustrations.
The blouse is made from stretch tulle embroidered with flat silver metallic sequins (by the manufacturer, not me). I constructed the front band, yoke, cuffs, collar and neckband from gray double knit. The double knit is interfaced with fusi-knit to stabilize it. The sequin fabric is somewhat heavy so the interfaced knit panels can hold the weight of the sequins while maintaining nicely detailed collar and cuffs.
If I had used sequin tulle for the collar, yoke, cuffs etc. the blouse would probably be somewhat monotonous; the details would be lost in a sea of sequins. I worked too hard on this blouse for that to happen!
I chose McCall's 6649 for the garment because it has bust darts, and front and back fish eye darts. Without these darts, the shirt would be boxy and that is not the look I want.
The blouse construction is identical to the steps illustrated in my 'Traditional Shirt Tutorial Parts 1-3' except for two additional steps:
What a difference a few hand-sewn sequins make! This is the same armhole ten minutes later. I spent 1.5 hours hand-sewing sequins to cover the side seams, fish eye darts, and armholes.
The extra effort is justified because this garment is timeless and will stay in my wardrobe for decades.