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Date: 4/19/10 10:04 AM

I've never sewed or cut sequined fabric and it's time for me to branch out. Where are some good sources for instructions on how to deal with this fabric? Does anyone have any ideas on cutting, seaming and handling this beautiful stuff?

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Date: 4/19/10 7:41 PM

I'm really hoping someone answers your question because I just ordered some sequined fabric that I'd like to make a top from. I believe that I've read you need to remove the sequins along the seam allowance but what I'm unclear on is how you secure the remaining sequins so they don't also fall off over time.

I'll be watching this thread and thank you for starting it!

JT

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Date: 4/19/10 8:14 PM

You want to remove all sequins that are in the seam lines. I trace the pattern pieces on the wrong side of the fabric, then thread-trace the pieces. Cut out your garment pieces and remove all sequins within seam lines. DO NOT TOSS the sequins removed!

Use a with-nap layout, with the sequins running down (ie when you stroke the fabric from top to bottom, the sequins lay flat).

Do not use any fusibles anywhere on the garment; if you need interfacing, use sew-in (silk organza is excellent).

Use a longer stitch length, 3.5 is usually perfect. After seaming, fill in any bald spots along the seam lines by hand-stitching sequins back on. (If you have enough, you can actually cover up your seamlines).

Seam finishes aren't easily done nicely, so best is to line the garment. Hems are best faced. Forget buttonholes; do loops or hand-stitched zippers.

And VIP: muslin first.

Total PITA...but worth it in the end; just realize and accept this isn't going to be a wham-bam-cut-tonite-wear-tomorrow project.

Enjoy!

ETA re Jatman; after sewing the seams, you can run a bead of fray-check or similiar along the seamline from the inside; this will help prevent any sequin-threads from pulling out and dropping sequins. Or you can handsew each sequin all along each seamline (both sides of each seam) as extra security.



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Date: 4/19/10 8:37 PM

Also, you can tie off the threads near the seams to secure if you cut the threads long. This takes strategizing and alot of your time.

Save some sequins to hand sew near seam line if needed.

Use a very simple pattern with minimal seams.
Give yourself ALOT of time - this is a labor of love.

Use a floor cover when you are cutting as it leaves a bit of a mess.

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Date: 4/20/10 6:17 AM

I never thought about fray check or covering the floor for easy cleanup. Thank you both.

JT

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Date: 4/20/10 8:51 AM

LynnRowe and Ryansmum, have said it all. I've never worked with sequined fabric, but have worked with the confetti dot. Those little dots are glued on. I just cut and sew. The needle goes right through the dot without breaking. The needle will get sticky after a few seams. There is a product you can buy to put on the needle to keep the sticky down, but I used a small piece of soap(like one you get in a hotel room)and just rub it on the needle every few seams. I keep a piece of soap at my machine all the time anyway, because I also use it to mark fabric. I totally agree with making it from the most simple pattern you can find. If you don't have to put in zippers or button holes, it makes life a lot easier.

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Date: 4/20/10 9:17 AM

I saw all the lovely swatches on your blog--have you decided which one yet? Do you have an event for this skirt or is it a just because skirt?

I'm looking forward to seeing it!

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Date: 4/20/10 9:45 AM

I have 2 weddings to go to this summer and was thinking about making this skirt.
Burda skirt

I really like the chartruese (sp?) but don't know if the pattern is too far apart. I guess it's time for me to find out how much this is going to cost me

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Date: 2/18/12 5:33 PM

Thanks for the good tips. I was in Fabric Row today and saw the most beautiful champagne colored sequined fabric. It was very high quality and reminded me of a shell I saw at Jcrew last winter, but I didn't buy it at $40/yd because I just wasn't sure if I could sew it. Now I'm thinking of going back!

I wonder if it would be worth doing a muslin or at least practicing the techniques on some cheap costume sequined fabric first?

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Date: 2/18/12 6:13 PM

I only did this once and it was a great success. my daughter, always a bit of a rebel wanted a black sequinned mini dress with a halter neck for her prom. Hand sewing all those little ^&%s back on along the seam was a labour of love.

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