Sunday, June 15, 2014

Discos and sequins

My daughter had an invitation to a party and she needed an outfit with sequins. It was a disco party after all. We found the perfect fabric at Spotlight, a navy mesh covered in silver and navy sequins.

How hard could it be, I thought. It should take 30 minutes, maybe a little longer if I include cutting. I wanted a simple tank style dress, fully lined to hide all the threads. I used an Ottobre t-shirt pattern as the basis, lengthened and flared, added a back seam, omitted the sleeves. This is the dress I ended up with, but more than 4 hours later.

Apparently sewing over sequins is a big no no for my overlocker. It chucked a nana after 2cm of sewing, snapping the needle several times and letting it fly towards my eye. Only at that time did I recall thinking I had seen people unpicking sequins in the seam allowance. It took FOREVER to unpick all those suckers but my princess needed to wear something.


  1. You are such a good mum. Cute dress!

  2. Your daughter's dress is lovely and sparkly. When I made my sequin dress I just sewed on the sewing machine and didn't overlock at all. I sewed right over those sequins and only cut off the ones that were digging into me inside. I didn't dare put it through the overlocker... but that was more because I thought it would ruin the cutting blades. I'm just too lazy to cut them off basically!

    1. I wish I had been brave enough to try the sewing machine but I was scared of more needle breakage. I never break needles. The seam allowance I used was 6mm, so no need to use the cutting blade here.

    2. Never thought of that.. would have made a better edge on mine I must admit. Still your daughter's looks fantastic and lets face it no one but us will see the insides!

  3. I agree, you're a great mum. She looks really cute :)

  4. All your hard work paid off. Is looks great and the smile on your daughter say's she loves it.


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