Sequined Statement Skirt

I have wanted a sequin skirt for a few years now. This fabric was purchased months ago but has just been sitting there staring at me because I was procrastinating. Sewing with sequins is always extremely messy and time consuming. I finally decided it would be handy to have for New Year’s Eve so I stitched it up. Surprise! Because I chose a fabric with super tiny sequins, they didn’t need to be removed for the seams or darts, and I had no messy piles of them to clean up. I used Mood fabric’s baby sequins on mesh, which they carry in several different colors. I ordered a yard for this straight skirt and have plenty left over.

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The pattern is my TNT (Tried ‘N True) straight skirt pattern, McCall’s 3830, which I have made a thousand times. I wanted to keep the sequins from catching on my blouses so I opted for a grosgrain ribbon waistband. I also fully lined my skirt with some silver china silk.

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The back invisible zipper has to be gently pulled up to not get hung up on any sequins. It didn’t give me any problems to insert.

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I’m on auto pilot when I make this pattern. If only all my sewing could be such a reliably good fit!

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I had to add a band of fabric to the bottom of the lining since I cut it a little short. I always like my lining long enough to cover the top edge of the turned up hem. Then I do a sit-down test to make sure it doesn’t peek out.

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The waistband is made using a 1 3/8″ wide petersham grosgrain ribbon that I stashed for this project. I sewed a 1″ wide ribbon in the same color to the bottom of the skirt and turned it to the inside for the hem. It was whip-stitched in place by hand. I didn’t want any scratchy sequins touching my skin or chewing up my hosiery.

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Finding ways to use fancy fabrics in my non-fancy lifestyle is fun to me. I have it styled here for a casual date night or New Year’s house party with friends but it could easily be paired with a silver silk charmeuse blouse and heals to be cocktail party appropriate.

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Comments


  • Jane M
    December 24, 2015

    Beautiful skirt and so wonderfully sewn. I have some mini sequin fabric waiting to be used so it was nice to hear that you didn’t have to remove them from the seam lines.

    • Amanda S.
      December 26, 2015

      Thanks Jane! I’m trying to find other projects for mini sequins since they were so easy to work with.

  • Jssp
    December 25, 2015

    Thanks for the tip of sewing ribbon for the hem!!!!! I’ve always wanted to make a sequins skirt, but I’m afraid they’ll go shooting straight into my eye or breaking the needle.
    Will have to give the tiny ones a go!

    • Amanda S.
      December 26, 2015

      I’ve never had one shoot off anywhere nor break any needles. The ones that are glued to the fabric are a nightmare to work with, so make sure you get a fabric with sewn sequins. Thanks Jssp!

  • PsychicKathleen
    December 25, 2015

    I love this skirt on you! It’s gorgeous and you’re right that it’s nice to have a go-to party outfit that you’re comfortable in but is pizzazzy too. I look at sequins but often shy away from them – I read recently that the best way to sew them is using a leather needle because it will puncture the sequins without a problem. Your skirt has almost inspired me to take the plunge. Just not yet 🙂

    • Amanda S.
      December 26, 2015

      Huh, never heard to use a leather needle on sequins. I really don’t find that they break any needles. Perhaps if you were using a sequin and beaded fabric that might be the case. Thanks Kathleen!

  • Becky
    December 25, 2015

    Lovely skirt. How did you do the waist band? Interfaced? Folded in half length wise?

    • Amanda S.
      December 26, 2015

      It’s folded in half lengthwise. First I sewed the ribbon single layer to the inside of the skirt, then fold it onto the outside and topstitch. I’ll have to do a post about how I do it since it’s a little hard to describe. Thanks Becky!

  • Michelle
    December 25, 2015

    I have just found this site and your posts are inspirational. Thanks for sharing your final fashion builds. Do you ever sell any items on poshmark or ebay?

    • Amanda S.
      December 26, 2015

      Thank you Michelle! No, I don’t sell stuff I make. It’s a hobby to me and if I turned it into a business then it would lose all the fun. Plus people don’t want to pay that much for clothing since they’re use to buying stuff made overseas with cheap labor.

  • Lori
    December 26, 2015

    Beautiful skirt,, thanks for the tips.

  • Becky
    December 27, 2015

    Lovely! I like the way you styled it, too. Fancy fabrics for a more casual lifestyle can be hard to pull off, but this definitely works!

  • Cennetta
    December 29, 2015

    Lovely skirt, Amanda. Good to know the mini sequins don’t require removal at the seams. Thanks!

    • Amanda S.
      December 30, 2015

      Thanks Cennetta!

  • KathyS
    December 31, 2015

    Love this! I am now very inspired to make one for myself since I already own the skirt pattern! Thanks for the tips on the waistband and hem – I also don’t like being poked by sequins and snagging the rest of my outfit.

    • Amanda S.
      December 31, 2015

      Yeah, I don’t get sleeveless sequin dresses at all. Don’t they rip up the arms? I guess I’m just not willing to suffer for fashion lol. Thanks Kathy! You should totally make one for yourself!

  • Fiona
    January 7, 2016

    Cor, you make such beautiful and chic garments Amanda! This is such a great garment to add to your wardrobe! It fits you absolutely perfectly and I love the way you’ve treated the hem to avoid the sequins catching. Well thought out and very clever