Greetings! I think it’s safe to say sequins is one of this seasons most fashionable looks! Do you agree? I have four different sequins fabrics and two of them have been members of my stash for over 2 years. Why have these glam filled fabrics gone untouched for so long? Well, I was a little intimidated to sew with them. But Why?
I’m gonna break needles, this stuff is messy as hell, who’s cleaning this up?, I can’t serge it, I can’t iron it, this project is gonna take forever. These are the thoughts and fears I had about sequins fabric. The reality is ALL these fears are true. I just didn’t want to deal with them. So I recently stepped out of my box to finally stop starring at my beautiful sequins fabric and actually create something with it. My first piece was this beauty. I call it my Cat Woman suit, meow!
Cutting & Prep
You gotta have good shears for this stuff!! I used my Gingher shears. I mostly only use them on my thicker fabrics. The sequins was flying everywhere while I cut. It hit me in the eye and face, flew across the room, and got stuck in the shears a good bit. While I’m sure there’s a YouTube video out there showing you how to minimize sequins mess, I dove right in and did what I thought was best. Sometimes in sewing we just have to test things out and see what works for us.
I purchased this sequins from Joanne’s click here for more www.joann.com/search?q=Sequin%20Fabric
You’re Gonna Need more Needles!!
Like I said before, I hadn’t sewn sequins before and knew nothing about clearing the seam allowance of all the sequins prior to stitching (which is the smartest way). I just started with my sharpest and thinnest needle and took my time with each stitch. I must say a long stitch is best. There were times where my impatience got the best of me and sure enough the needles broke. I broke five needles total!!! Have you ever broke needles while sewing? I swear I’ll never get used to that feeling. My Cat Woman suit has a zipper and I did remove the seam allowance sequins to install my zipper.
Clean-Up & Fitting
The SEQUINS is EVERYWHERE! It took me two hours to clean up the sequins in my sewing room and around cutting table (my kitchen island). This fabric has slight stretch which made fitting not so bad. The sequins barely hanging on is what caused the problem. I think I pulled over 40 little sequins off my skin after the first fitting. Sequins was stuck on places I shouldn’t mention (did I mention it’s a catsuit and fit every curve). Tip: Shake well before wearing!
All and all I don’t have any regrets. It was a headache to work with and I learned a few tricks to save my needles. I now have 4 new sequins fabrics for upcoming looks. I love sequins even more. Sequins is definitely here to stay and will be a go to for GLAM in my closet. What are some of your sequins stories and how are you rocking sequins this season?
More photos of me in my custom Sequins Cat Woman suit will be on my IG page!