A Glitzy Neoprene Maxi Dress

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | a neoprene maxi dress

I refuse to let summer go. It’s still warm enough for sandals, for crying out loud! And yet, the siren song of Fall Fashion seduces…so I married a summery maxi dress with an autumnal neoprene. Truly, a great “transitional” fabric.

I don’t believe I’ve ever seriously used that word in my life. Does this mean my closet is growing up?

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | a neoprene maxi dress

Growing up?! I WILL NOT HAVE IT!

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | a neoprene maxi dress

SEQUINS. THAAAAT’S BETTER. Sequins defy logic! They are appropriate no matter WHAT the season, and I’m pretty sure they have never, in the history of the world, been called “transitional.”

Keeping the sequins confined to an embellishment kept the misery of cutting bits of sparkle out of the seam allowance to a minimum. Although the golden eye candy was a surprise gift from a friend, you can find sequins aplenty here.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | a neoprene maxi dress

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | a neoprene maxi dress

Playing with this neoprene was so much fun. I love neoprene! Can’t believe I haven’t worked with it since summer of 2013! Unlike that double face neoprene of yore, the wrong side of this print is white, so I went a little nuts figuring out the raw edges. I didn’t want them turned under or encased in bias, both options were too bulky. And god knows I’m not using a facing! I will sooner adopt transitional as an everyday word!

In the end, I cut long bias strips and topstitched them to the seam allowance of the bodice. Sound confusing? I’ll have some detail shots & pattern info up on my blog next week…

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | a neoprene maxi dress

If you have a hankering for some neoprene, there’s a print for every taste here. I’ve seen a lot of the prints currently online in person, and they’re much thinner than you would expect a neoprene to be. Just begging for some transitional sewing 🙂

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Comments


  • Peter
    September 25, 2015

    You’ve convinced me to take the neoprene plunge. Maybe even with sequins! How does one launder such a garment?

    • oonaballoona
      September 29, 2015

      verrrrrrry caaaaaaaarrrrrefully……

  • Iris
    September 25, 2015

    5hat is so cool. I didn’t know you could find drapy neoprene. I will have to try something.

    • oonaballoona
      September 29, 2015

      most of the neoprene i linked to is so lightweight, i’m not totally sure why it wants to be neoprene! but it does make for a drapey fabric, and lends itself to raw edge finishing.

  • Suga Puddin'
    September 25, 2015

    Neoprene and SEQUINS?!?!?!?! BE STILL MY LUSTY HEART! This is awesome!

    • oonaballoona
      September 29, 2015

      haha, thankya– and love your handle!

  • Liza Jane
    September 26, 2015

    Ooh, I love the finish and the top stitching! And the sequins, of course. You might have convinced me to try neoprene again. I tried once with a really cheap (and wetsuit-like) piece and was unimpressed. I love this!

    • oonaballoona
      September 29, 2015

      these are super thin, so they behave more like an everyday fabric, if you know what i mean… though now that you mention it, i have a yen for something super stiff and meant for insulation purposes 🙂

  • Lori
    September 30, 2015

    This is a fabulous dress, great job with your transitional garment!

  • Amanda S.
    October 2, 2015

    I think this fabric might be also be called “scuba knit” by some since it’s so thin and easier to use then neoprene. Your dress is lovely and I adore how you treated the neck and armhole edges. There’s something in me that can’t let those areas be just raw, and I like your solution and that it seems to stay flat against your skin.

  • Shawnelle Cherry
    October 3, 2015

    So glad to see someone having so much fun with sewing !
    I have a sewing school in North Carolina and will be telling my adult students to check your blog. Love your designs, your eye for photo backdrops, styling and your energy!

  • Fiona
    October 3, 2015

    This doesn’t look like how I imagine a neoprene garment to look at all! It’s got a lovely looking drape to it. I’m going to have to try some! Love how you used the raw edges and bias strips to finish it

  • Megan
    October 13, 2015

    I hope you are well! I have been behind in my blog feed, but I never skip one of yours. I love how you worked with the white edges of the neoprene. And the sequins? Yes, please, and more, thank you.