Created by: Emily Hallman Designs
For those of us who delight in making our own clothes, this time of year is nothing short of magnificent. There’s no better season for everything glitzy and special – we basically have a free pass to wear all the shimmer and shine we want! And what’s the holiday season without a little sparkle? Not complete, if you ask me. I’ve always liked making a few sequin garments in December, and I like to encourage other sewists to do the same. There’s no need to be intimidated by projects like this – with a few tips in mind you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t start the sparkle party sooner.
The garments in today’s post were both made with Glitz Sequin and Mesh fabric in navy and gold. It’s a very easy sequin fabric to work with, and it’s available in a lot of different colors. (That red is especially gorgeous!)
Looking for sewing tips for working with sequins? Click here to view our blog post and video! Whether you are new to working with sequin fabric, or have been sewing for years, these helpful tips and tricks are a great reference!.
For these NYE looks, I chose simple patterns with no darts or zippers or buttons and only a few seams. It’s a good idea to avoid over-complicated designs when working with sequin fabric, and everything you would normally anticipate when you undertake a sewing project (seam finishes, hems, facings, closures, etc.) is even more important to plan fabrics like this.
For unlined garments like these two, bias tape around the seams and hems is a great alternative to serging, which is a huge no-no for sequin material. For the top, I attached bias tape to each edge (neckline, arms, and hem) and then turned the seam under and hand stitched it down. This fabric isn’t at all scratchy on the wrong side, so you can absolutely choose patterns that have no lining. By the same token, garments that are lined would be great options too. For the top I used McCall's 6566, and for the skirt I used McCall’s 5430 (lengthened).
I used the same technique for the skirt and, just like the top, it makes for clean edges with no loose sequins or unfinished seams. For additional stability for the ties and waistband, I placed the sequin fabric on top of an underlining that had been interfaced. And in place of a button and buttonhole like the pattern suggests, I used snaps.
The biggest thing to remember when you work with sequin fabric is that it is the star of the show. Any design with too many bells and whistles will only make things crowded and distracting. Instead, go with a pattern that is more simple to let the fabric really shine. It’s also important to be patient and take it a little slower with these kinds of fabrics. And I always wear safety glasses when I cut out my garment. Cut sequins go rogue all the time, and you want to protect those peepers!
There’s still plenty of time to whip up something pretty in time for New Year’s Eve and, gosh, if you aren’t wearing sparkle on New Year’s Eve are you really doing it right?