Bowie Sewalong Make – And it GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Fabric, Notions and Kitty, Ready to Go

Fabric, Notions and Kitty, Ready to Go

So, I have finally finished my project for Bowie Sewalong.  The lovely and unique Tempest Devyne, from FanBloomingTastic has been the gracious host of a Bowie Sewalong, a sewing group dedicated to everything David Bowie.  She has been so great about posting music, information, movie clips, it’s been great fun following along!

I remember when I was young, single digits years old, and my brother and I went to camp in the summers.  And all the camp counselors listened to David Bowie and Supertramp.  At that age, there are really no cool cliques at school or with your friends yet, so, the camp counselors were the very first “Cool Kids” encounter for me. So, I took what they gave very seriously.

Is Bowie the best singer around?  Definitely not.  The best musician? Not really.  But, can Ziggy Play Guitar??? Oh Yes, you bet.  He is such a performer and free spirit and I love the personas he takes on and how unapologetic he is about them.  His creativity knows no bounds and the key underlying theme is to express himself, any way he sees fit.

Bowie Sewalong Skirt at Piano

My contribution for the sewalong is a wrap-around skirt, that I designed and sewed myself, with no patterns or instructions.  I really wanted to ‘wing it’ for this project, as it seemed the perfect time to try my hand at something unique and off the cuff.Bowie Skirt Full View, Wrap, Front, Ties, Back  I have no idea if it’s drafted, put together or sewn ‘correctly’ and, in fact, have never made a wrap skirt before.  But, that was the point of the exercise, to channel the Bowie Spirit and just let it roll!

The skirt references, not only the ’70’s, when they were so popular, but all things Space that David Bowie was interested in during that decade, including Space Oddity, Life on Mars, Starman, even Ziggy’s last name was Stardust.  It was definitely a huge theme in his art.

I found two scarves in my parent’s basement (we can call them vintage) that depict a map of the universe with the entire night sky, including stars, galaxies, planets and horoscope signs.  I used these scarves for the back panels of the skirt and then added a fabric that looked like the sky with stars and planets all over it for a smaller, front panel.  I added some tucks to front and back for shaping, a bit of a waistband, and, of course, embellished with bright red chevron and silver trims.Bowie Skirt

And, the best part?  The scarves glow in the dark!!!!  The whole night sky lights up in the dark and glows on my backside!  This just felt ‘right’ for a Bowie sewalong. 🙂 I wanted to offset the universe pattern on the scarf, so that the entire night sky was not centred perfectly on my backside.  Something about that thought, just didn’t quite jive.Bowie Wrap Around Skirt Back View

Bowie (on shelf) and I

I love this video, it really depicts Bowie’s inner geekdom.  Doesn’t he look like guys from your high school and not a ‘rock star’?

Charging My Skirt Backside

Charging Up My, uh, Backside with a Lamp to Get its Glow on! As you do. Don’t you? Maybe it’s just me then.

Proud To Be Charm School Reject

Proud To Be, Charm School Reject

For his contribution, Kitty made a chevron choker and blinged it up with gold and pearl studs and gold and silver appliques, as well as a huge remove-able charm.  Kitty channels Bowie easily and is and always will be, proud to be a Charm School Reject.Kitty's Bowie Chevron Choker with Stars and StudsKitty's Bowie Chevron ChokerKitty's Chevron ChokerProud To Be The Charm School RejectSkirt Back Close UpBowie Skirt Sitting DownPlaying Piano in Bowie Skirt

62 thoughts on “Bowie Sewalong Make – And it GLOWS IN THE DARK!

  1. terevalee says:

    Mr. Bowie needs to see this. You’ve done his spirit proud. And your spirit is evident here: quirky and unafraid. Congrats on a fabulous project! And to Kitty, too, for her lovely beingness.

  2. Chris Lucas says:

    Hahahaha sure does look like you and Kitty have had some fun with this sew-along. And OMG I love those shoes and good for you for letting loose and having some fun making your skirt and just winging it! Kitty looks super cute in his collar and as usual has stepped up to another challenge and has come out looking like a superstar 🙂

    • Gjeometry says:

      It was fun! Kitty and I both tried to focus more on creativity and the essence of Bowie rather than sewing prowess. Kitty is pleased you like his contribution. And he totally liked the huge Charm School Reject bauble on the choker. I thought he would freak out, but he just wandered about, looked important then took a nap while still wearing it!

      And the shoes are actually really uncomfortable, lol! But look goooood.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Oh, thanks so much Leila! Yes, the idea of having the universe as a huge bullseye centred right on my tush seemed very wrong, lol. And, it was fun to give myself permission to make something up, even though I am not an experieced sewer…..yet! 😛

  3. seweverythingblog says:

    Love your skirt!! Love the glow in the dark aspect, and the fact that you re-purposed the scarves. What else does your parents’ basement hold? Sewing is nothing if you can’t have fun with it.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks so much! I really wanted to just have fun with this project and not stress too much about the “right” way to do things. The scarves were screaming out to be used, I don’t honestly know how long they have just been sitting there unused. And, yes, I often wonder what else my parent’s basement holds, lol! Treasures? Vintage finds? Dead things? 🙂

  4. Boomdeeadda says:

    So cute, that scarf is perfect for your project. As a child of the 60’s I can totally related to your camp consolers musical selections, the 70’s music were perfect in my teenage years. Loved your originality and your spirit shines thru. Kitty loves ravishing in the new collar too.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Aw, thanks so much! I know, I found the scarves and IMMEDIATELY my mind went to David Bowie’s space obsessed years. You would have fit in well at my summer camp, then. You would have been one of the “cool kids” counselors!

  5. jagodas says:

    Love it, love it, love it! And your shoes, and your blouse, and Kitty’s chocker. Everything about the skirt screams FUN FUN FUN! Now excuse me while I go and do some dancin’ in the streets…

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thanks Jen! The shirt is a Twelve Layers short sleeve cardi that I got a number of years ago. It seemed to fit in well with both the skirt and the Bowie and ’70’s vibe. (And, what DOESN’T go with leopard print, really?)

  6. Jenny says:

    My brain can’t even comprehend the amount of awesome in this outfit! 🙂 That skirt is amazing! I totally want some star chart fabric now. . .
    Kitty certainly can rock the accessories! My cats refuse to be decorated.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Ha ha ha! Thanks Jenny! When I saw the scarves, I knew I HAD to create something Bowie with them. I wonder if they make fabric like that? I’ve never seen anything like it, but you never know.

      Kitty really seems to enjoy rocking the accessories, no cajoling is necessary!

  7. Calico Stretch says:

    I am glad you didn’t forget the cat! I’d have to sit on mine and wrap her in a towel to come out of collar fitting without missing limbs etc lol.

    The skirt is fab. I love the stars …. glowing ones. Perfect Bowie.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Forget the cat???? Is that even a thing that’s allowed?

      Lol, your cat sounds a tad more feisty and set in her ways than Kitty. I was so amazed that he rocked that huge Charm School Reject charm on the Bowie collar with no problems whatsoever. He even seemed to cop a bit of a rocker attitude while wearing it.

      Glad you like the skirt and think it’s Bowie-esque. 🙂

    • Gjeometry says:

      Aw, thank you! Yes, the wrap skirt is so easy to wear. One thing I noticed though, is that it might be better on somebody with bigger hips. I’m finding that it doesn’t have anywhere to ‘sit’ since I am more tube shaped and there is no fitted waistband or elastic. It tends to start to slip down after a bit. Not sure if other similarly shaped folks have found that, as well.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Heeeee, Eeeee, Eleyna called me the Cool Kid! Giggle, Giggle, Heeee!! (ahem….. ‘regains composure’)….. And, that’s exactly why I can never be the cool kid (total geek). 🙂 Glad you love the skirt, makes me feel special!

    • Gjeometry says:

      Ha ha! Thanks, I kinda thought so too, how does one live without having some kind of garment that allows a glow in the dark galaxy booty? And, Kitty is so delighted that you recognized his contribution to the SewAlong! And, obviously he agrees with you that he should win all of the awards. 🙂 He has quite the confidence level.

  8. Tempest Devyne (@tempestdevyne) says:

    Thank you so much for being part of the Bowie Sew Along……and bringing so much fun to it and me. I am so relieved that Kitty can also forgive me for calling it a collar not a choker….I am only human. I love this project so much….the glow in the dark space chart on the scarf/skirt couldn’t be more perfect for Bowie our Starman in Chief. And your styling for the photos is perfect. I’m so glad the sew along introduced me to you….and Kitty…..and can’t wait to see what the both of you get up to in the future.

    • Gjeometry says:

      You are so welcome Tempest! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful sewalong, you were a terrific host, so many facts and entertainment and information. Was a lot of fun to follow along!

      I’m so thrilled you love the project! I definitely wanted to find a Bowie Style, space in this case, and go with it. It was a lot of fun to release some creativity, with planning, sewing and photographing! Happy to have found you and your blog, as well, and look forward to sharing with each other. Kitty also says ‘hi’ and totally forgives you for calling his fashion choker a utilitarian ‘collar’.

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