Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sequined Vest Simplicity 1943

 I've never sewn with sequined fabric before- probably because I have no where to wear it to!  But when Fabricmartfabrics.com had this black sequined fabric on their Deal of the Day, I thought, "Let's get a yard, and see what it's like."  I was surprised!  It was really quite easy to sew with.  This particular one was a knit, and the sequins were sewn on.  I had read that you should remove the sequins from the seam line so that you don't break a needle, so I decided I better have as few seams as possible.

Simplicity 1943 had a knit vest pattern that only had side and shoulder seams, and said that it would fit on 1 yard of fabric!  A perfect match!
Before I went through the arduous task of removing the sequins from the seamline, I did a test with my machine on a swatch that did not have the sequins removed.  Luckily, the machine handled it beautifully- no broken needles, no sequins flying.  I did wear glasses just in case!
I did line the vest with a black ITY knit.  The back side of the fabric was a little scratchy, and I didn't want to risk not wearing it because of that.  I sewed all of the seams with the sequins still intact, and they even pressed beautifully.  I was afraid that they might melt, but they were perfectly fine for short presses.

They do however snag anything that they come in contact with.  This is just annoying!  I can see why most sequin fashions don't have sleeves, because the snagging problem would be multiplied with sleeves.  But for a night out, special occasion, I think that I can live with that.

Happy Sewing!

Ann



10 comments:

  1. Nice to see you had an 'easy' time sewing this vest. I like it.

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  2. Very cute! I've been scared off sequins as well, glad to see it can be done! Great vest for the holidays.

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    1. Thanks, Coco! I know that all sequin fabrics are different, so your mileage may vary, but this one from Fabric Mart is an easy one to try.

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  3. Your vest is sew cute and versatile! I find during the holidays you can wear sequins everywhere - even to the grocery store! I do hope you wear it because it looks just great.

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    1. Thank you! I think it will work with more casual settings too.

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  4. Great choice of style for this tricky fabric! I haven't tried working with sequins because of the removal aspect, but you may have changed my mind.

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    1. Thanks, Judith! I think you just have to test a sample before you begin. There are so many different types of sequined fabric out there!

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