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Is this a good idea? Or a dreadful one?
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Date: 10/21/12 2:04 PM

I've not bought 1250 yet, but I know it well because it is (as far as I can see) a straight copy of a DKNY rtw dress, and I own - and love - the original.

Christmas party season approaches and I was thinking of getting the pattern and sewing another one, but in something a bit more exciting. I've found a grey sequin jersey fabric on ebay - not all-over sequin but one of those random squiggle patterns (like free-format quilting, ykwim). Haven't worked with sequins before so I googled it - and now I'm undecided. On the plus side, this pattern doesn't have loads of seams. And I guess the thing to do is eliminate the topstitched finish (the pattern has topstitched hems like the original, right?) and do faced hems all round. What I can't decide is whether I'm also going to need to line the dashed thing, because if I am I'll just give up and do something else because it's just too much faff for limited return.

Thoughts?

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Date: 10/22/12 2:21 AM

Turn your knitted fabric with the sequins on it, inside out, and rub it against your neck and chest there, and see how it would feel. If it's too rough and scratchy like that, for you to wear it though a whole party like that, then maybe you would have to do something. And probably on the back of the neck too.

But, if it's like some cotton knit I have, that just has chain stitching going over it to hold some very small not too srcatchy sequins onto it, and not very densely and spaced pretty far from each other, maybe not. Better to know before you are wearing it for many hours and you are stuck in it though!

You could always just remove the sequins on the part of that neck that turns under maybe. I don't even think you would need to cut the threads that hold them on to do that. I think if they are chain stitched onto that knit, you could just use a pair of sharp tiny sissors instead, to individually cut half those sequins and then just carefully pull them off, leaving the whole thread chain intact that holds the rest of them all on there most likely. And could do the same for any that fell in the seam allowances. Then just go back later with a few sequins from left over scraps of the fabric, and hand sew them onto the top of the seams, in a few places, if it seemed to interrupt the loose and swirly and not dense sequin pattern chained onto the knit fabric in those spots. That might take care of the "sequin lining issue" on a knit, but if the knit was just too thin and it showed though when you were standing in front of a light instead, then I think you are more down to lining or just maybe wearing a slip instead.

But I think that dress would look really nice out of that kind of fabric.

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Date: 10/22/12 2:33 AM

I'm forgetting you are thinking about buying it afar from ebay. And not possible to do that there, but maybe you could email the person selling the fabric and ask them to try that. Too bad ebay or any fabric store has not a tactile way to touch and feel a fabric from a computer file. That would be a great thing, and would actually be a huge incentive to get me to buy fabric on line. That will probably come to pass someday though. But until then, I actually don't buy fabric over the internet just for sort of those reasons. I do need to feel it actually. But, someday when we all have tactile sensor gloves and we can actually feel a fabric by doing that, or a pretty good representation of it, by a file embedded into the program or such, then I think that would be a big plus on just that kind of thing.

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