I pray all is well with you. It is December already and no doubt many of you have holiday office parties to attend. I’ll be honest with you. I can’t remember the last time I went to a holiday party and I have never worn sequins prior to today’s post.
If you know me. I like to keep things casual. I’m not huge on evening gowns or overly glamorous oufits. I do however, love the way designers are bringing sparkle to our everyday lives through sequins. The incorporation of luxe fabric like velvet and sequins into ready to wear day looks inspired today’s make. Below are a few examples of my inspiration.
I thought it would be fun to make a stretch sequins pencil skirt. I liked the idea of creating a holiday inspired piece that could stretch into the new year. This skirt would be lovely and very appropriate at an afterwork holiday party and could be easily worn after the holiday season for a date night with your sweety!
This is a self-drafted pattern that I created using an existing knit pencil skirt. Its high-waisted and has a black elastic waistband. I also added a lining made from some nude powermesh that I had in my stash for ages. A little quick tip with the lining. I like to cut my knit powermesh lining a 1/2 inch smaller than the outer skirt. It gives a little compression and smooths out your curves nicely. The sequins I purchased from Joann Fabric.
I chose to keep it sleek with a black blazer, black tank top and suede stilleto boots. I added a little extra bling with these rhinestone black/gold tassle earrings. I wanted the sparkle of the beautiful blue sequins to be the star of this outfit.
I also included a few tips that I learned from sewing with sequins below the pictures. I hope you find them helpful.
Tips for Sewing w/ Sequins
- Use lots of pins to pin your pattern down. Those sequins are slippery. I also used a very sharp rotary blade to cut my pattern instead of scissors. Made it easier to keep the fabric from shifting.
- Depending on how bulky your sequins is you may have to remove the sequins from the seam allowance prior to sewing your sequins. Mine wasn’t so bad and I was able to cut it and sew without removing any of the sequins.
- Use a very sharp micro-tex needle. I used a size 80 microtex needle. This went through my fabric easily without skiping stitches or thread breaking.
- Use an all purpose thread in a matching color. I used a zig zag stitch and followed up with a straight stitch because it was a knit fabric and you could see the thread through the side seams. Going over the seam a second time with a straight stitch helped tremendously.
- Hem your garment by hand. I top stitched my pencil skirt hem but wish I would have hand finished the hem. It stretched out my hem a little bit. Not too noticeable.
Well, that’s all for now! Until next time!