Merry & Bright!

If you’re looking for a reason to be Merry & Bright this season, look no further than Mood Fabrics!  Sequins galore abound this season on the store’s website, and I fell right in line upon seeing the glittering silver baby sequined fabric.

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To keep the focus on the fabric, I kept it simple with a shift dress using  New Look 6524 as my base pattern.

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Following Maria Denmark’s tutorial I removed the bust dart for a clean front bodice.
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The sequins are sewn on mesh and the fabric tends to s t r e t c h easily. Staystiching the shoulders, armscye and neckline immediately upon cutting prevented shape distortion.

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After inserting an invisible zipper and attaching the shoulder seams I basted the side seams several times until the fit was just right, taking in approximately 2″ on each side.

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Sewing with sequins is not difficult! Keep a trash can close at hand as the sequins will scatter with gusto when the fabric is cut. Sequins can dull your scissors so it’s best to use a dedicated pair of scissors. I used a denim needle for the dress, and lined the dress with a stretch silk charmeuse from my stash. (All sewing details tomorrow on Goodbye Valentino.)

The season to glisten and shine has arrived ~ Happy Holidays to all and a big   T h a n k   Y o u  to Mood Fabrics!

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