A Glitzy 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?
Growing up?! I WILL NOT HAVE IT!
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.
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…
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 🙂