The holidays aren’t that far away and before you know it, your calendars will be filling up with party invitations. You want to be on top of your game. If you’ve never sewed a sequins dress, now might be a good time to challenge yourself.
Sequins, sequins and more sequins
When I first received the Minerva parcel and saw the fabric, so many emotions rushed in – excitement, fear, awe and finally “oh my gosh what am I going to do with this”. Sequin fabric is so luxurious, you can’t help but feel polished and sophisticated when you’re in it. However – you’ll be drowning in sequins from the word go (after you cut into that fabric). They begin to take over you, your room and eventually the house.
Have you ever wondered if you could tackle a sequins project? I for one never thought I had the skills needed for such a project. As always, I’m up for a challenge and knowing that; I prepared my mind for roadblocks along the way.
In my last video, I shared my first impressions of working with sequins. Check it out.
This is a mesh backed sequin fabric, meaning the sequins are individually sewn to the mesh in a plaid pattern. In all my reading everyone talks about being careful when removing the threads which hold the sequins together. If you don’t want all the sequins to fall off. My fabric has the sequin attached with three threads in a chain stitch sort of way. This allows me more flexibility when removing each sequin. I also want to mention the use of Mini Duck Bill Applique Scissors for this task, made the process go a lot faster.
The Process & Time
Without researching, I would be completely at a loss. Every piece of detail was very helpful since I have no experience with this sort of fabric. I read on one site it would take me weeks just to remove the sequins. Another resource said, make sure to keep a vacuum nearby, be prepared for your entire home to be taken over by little shiny discs, etc. My project took 2 1/2 weeks to complete. I laid down tarpaper under my sewing table and everywhere I anticipated the disc would fly :).
If this is your first time sewing this type of fabric, I must stress choosing the simplest pattern will help lessen the frustration. Especially, if like me you want to remove the sequins from the seam allowance. Simple means less time messing around removing sequins. I did forget about the darts, I had to remove those as well.
I marked all the seam allowances in two days and it took a few hours to hand baste them. The next step was removing the sequins and that took me 7 days. The sewing process took about 5 days. I had a few roadblocks at the sewing machine. The needle would hit a sequin every now and again and or some spots needed sequins removed. Attaching the zipper was an extra painful task IMO because the sequins kept bumping against the invisible zipper foot.
I won’t lie to you guys, I kept asking myself why did I choose this fabric :). It was mainly because I was so exasperated during each round of removing sequins, it’s such a tedious job. The driving force was, not allowing myself to be defeated. This is such a beautiful dress, I feel so efficient and capable as a sewist. I find myself just staring at it, it’s such a delightful and exquisite dress. I do believe now, nothing is out of reach where my sewing machine and I are concerned.
Take the plunge, sew something that will challenge your skill as a sewist today! Trust me you’ll surprise yourself by how satisfied you feel.
This lovely fabric has been the highlight of 2019!