Starting the Holiday Sewing with Mood Pale Gold Sequins

I’m posting a second project on the same day.  Why… because I was
not all together pleased with how this top turned out (first choice for October post.).  I wanted to
achieve the same dramatic affect as the tops drawn on the envelope.  The
problem is not the fabric or the pattern but the combination of the
two.  This pattern required a fluid knit.

In these picture, I look happy, silly.  Sure… why not.  It’s cold in Chicago. I’m freezing.  So my perky attitude helps me get through the photo shoot.

For Grins:  Trick and Treat of the Drape Sequined Top.

Frantically trying to decide (Monday) on my Mood October project, I selected this Pale Gold Sequined fabric from the six boxes from Mood that are carefully guarded at my home.   The online photo does not do it justice and shoppers may miss out on this audacious textile. So below is a picture of the fabric with the pattern envelope.

Sequins have been on my radar for months now and I thought I could get a jump start on my holiday wardrobe.

Needing a super quick project, I selected Vogue 8905, view B.  How easy is this?  One pattern piece to make a chic, relaxed drapey top and out of sequined fabric.  How cute is that?  On with the review.

Pattern Description:  MISSES’ TOP: Pullover top has narrow hem. A and B: fitted, center seams are stitched on the right side of fabric. C: loose-fitting, cut on crosswise grain. A, B, C: stitching lines form sleeve openings, wrong side shows on hemline, and center seams A, B. A and C: shoulder openings, purchased bias tape to finish openings C. D: close-fitting.

Sizing:  XS to XXL.  I used a larger pattern, but eliminated some of the width on both sides of the bodice along the vertical stitching lines  (only two yards on hand).

I thought I had it made and selected a very easy pattern.  The challenge came in sewing the sequined fabric.  I spent quite some time removing the sequins from the seam allowances.  Most of the stitching is hemming the edges.  The exposed seam allowances for the center front and back also require a small rolled hem.

Sorry to report that my top does not have the drape of the drawings on the envelope.  I think it is due to the sequins.  It makes the fabric stiff and only a few folds are formed in the areas where the drape should be.

As I said earlier, the construction of the top is very easy and the instructions are too. I will certainly give this pattern another try, but with a much more drapey fabric.  The seam allowance on the right side does take some getting used to.  I’d prefer the traditional finishing instead.

My first version isn’t as great as I’d hoped.  But I think this is an easy pattern that can produce great results.

Happy Sewing!



  • Sallie
    October 29, 2015

    Oh I think it’s a super fun top! It may not look exactly like the pattern envelope, but your version is still a fantastically fun holiday top! Love the gold sequins!

    • Cennetta
      October 29, 2015

      Thanks, Sallie.

  • Lori
    October 29, 2015

    I think this is a gorgeous top and perfect for the Holidays, I love your take on it. Beautiful job.

    • Cennetta
      October 29, 2015

      Thanks, Lori.

  • Cynthia
    October 29, 2015

    Drapey or not, the top is very beautiful on you! love the fabric, such a soft pretty gold, and perfect with the white pants.

    • Cennetta
      October 29, 2015

      Thanks, Cynthia.

  • Peter
    November 1, 2015

    Love this top, Cennetta — very glamorous. Those modeling shots are terrific!

    • Cennetta
      November 5, 2015

      Thanks so much, Peter! I think it’s good to have a little fun with the photo session every once in awhile. 😉

  • Amy
    November 1, 2015

    What a fabulous top! I’ve never sewn with sequins, but it’s on my list… I hope whatever I make is as glamorous as this top!

    • Cennetta
      November 5, 2015

      Thanks, Amy. You will do a great job with it. Just take your time. Simple and easy is the key. Thanks again.

  • Fiona
    November 8, 2015

    I definitely think this still works Cennetta! The simple drape and lines of the top are a great canvas for such a special fabric! Can i just say your pictures have made me so happy too, I’m right in the holiday mood now!