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Sequined Vest Simplicity 1943

 I've never sewn with sequined fabric before- probably because I have no where to wear it to!  But when 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!



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

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

    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.

  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.

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

  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.

    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!

  5. All your clothes are stunning. You look amazing and I love your sense of style. Thanks for sharing.Fabrics World USA is a famous and fashionable fabrics store in USA.


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