Sequin Gown

I started the New Year generous in spirit by making a dress for my daughter. It’s been over 15 years since I have heard “Will you make me a dress, Mom? ” and she wasn’t referring to a Children’s Corner or Martha Pullen pattern anymore. Mimi wanted a formal dress.

Not only did I make a dress for Mimi, but I made a dress for Mimi with my Mood Fabrics allowance. Bought at Mood NYC: champagne gold sequin fabric and matching china silk for lining.

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Due to the holiday season we did not decide on the exact pattern until the day after Christmas. As usual, time was of the essence forcing me into a sewing marathon in order to finish the dress on time. My only prerequisite was that Mimi select an easy pattern due to time constraints. She wanted a dress that can be easily shortened after the event and settled on Very Easy Vogue 8241.

Sequin Dress

In making a quick muslin, we faced gaping armholes, but the issue was easily solved by running an ease stitch along the front armhole.

As I sewed the shoulder seams lining and fabric together in an awkward continuous seam, I thought about Susan Khalje’s preference for completing the lining and bodice as separate pieces and carefully handstitching the two together. I partook in a prayful moment before stepping on the presser foot, and was thankful to discover the seams matched.

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While Mimi and I wait for a perfect button to appear, I sewed a metal snap at the back opening which magically disappeared into the fabric.

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So without further ado, h e r e ’ s Mimi!

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We agree the simplicity of the dress pattern lets this gorgeous fabric speak for itself.

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The light affects the color of the sequins which change from champagne to gold to taupe.

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…….and it moves well too!

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Mimi and I love everything about the dress! We deemed it a true winner when my older daughter asked for a short silk version for spring. Looks like I’ll be happily making another one 🙂

Hmmm………….Suddenly the expression

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime

comes to mind. 😉

Have fun, Mimi!

Sequin Dress

Editor’s note: Sarah found this particular sequin fabric at Mood NYC, where we still have a decent amount of it available (1-212-730-5003). We are steadily adding more sequined fabrics to our online offerings; keep checking back here.

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Comments


  • Cissie
    January 9, 2013

    Mimi is lovely — and looks beautiful and oh, so happy in her gorgeous dress! You were so right to go the simple route with this fabric. When you have such a “wow” fabric, why not let it speak for itself?

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      Thanks for your nice comment, Cissie! With fabric like this, I didn’t want to get too complicated. We love the end result!

  • Lauren
    January 9, 2013

    Beautiful!!!! Both the girl and the dress 🙂

  • Sam
    January 9, 2013

    The dress is beautiful and Mimi looks great in it! I can’t wait to see the short version as well!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      Thank you, Sam! We may end up liking the short version even more!

  • June Lovell
    January 9, 2013

    Beautiful girl in a beautiful dress, guess i’m going to have to pack a lunch, get on the freeway and make my way to Mood LA…

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      Hi June! Though I’ve never been to the LA Mood, I’m sure it’s as fab as the NYC store. I’d love to go sometime 🙂

  • Ginger
    January 9, 2013

    Ahhh! This is so beautiful! Mimi looks adorable! And it’s so smart to make a dress that can be shortened after the event.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      There is a closet full of long dresses that have been worn no more than one or two times – no more!

  • Leila
    January 9, 2013

    Oh, Mimi, you look awesome!! I agree the sequin fabric is the dress. It’s perfect.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      I’ll pass your nice comment on to Mimi – thank you!

  • Carolyn
    January 9, 2013

    Sarah ~ you did an amazing job on this dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! Fortunately it was simple to make!

  • Amanda S.
    January 9, 2013

    Beautiful dress on your gorgeous daughter!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 11, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda. She loves the dress 🙂

  • Lori
    January 9, 2013

    Mimi is a beautiful young woman and your gorgeous dress is incredible. Great job, Mom.

  • Laura
    January 10, 2013

    Fabulous dress! I want a better answer for the belt….not sure what it should be……just think it could be WOW!
    Fabulous Job!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 10, 2013

      We SO agree with you about the belt. After spending hours searching for a belt, this tie was our last resort! I almost didn’t make the tie knowing I would find a belt.
      We saw one belt we liked for $350.00 and passed. Once the dress is shortened we are on a belt mission.

  • Amy
    January 25, 2013

    Gorgeous dress! And, what a lovely daughter you have!