Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Minerva sewing - fine fabric tips

In anticipation of a special event, I love working with lace and sequins to make a gorgeous outfit (or frock as we say). So why not work with fabric consisting of both corded lace and sequins from Minerva Crafts

Here's what I look for when choosing sequin fabric:
  • Sequins sewn in swirls. They're not sewn on in straight lines. It isn't as obvious if sequins come loose and fall off.
  • Sequins that break. These sequins can be sewn over it I overlook them before I sew a seam.
  • Sequin fabric that's sewn onto mesh that doesn't unravel. Then I can cut the fabric randomly to suit my needs. 
Do I use couture techniques?
Not in the real sense.
If I can line the fabric with everyday lining, I do.
If I can machine sew through the fabric, I will.
If I only need to interline the sequin fabric, that's fine with me.
My sewing aim is to achieve a great fitting outfit and love the process.

I appreciate lining, interlining, underlining, hand stitching, hand picked zippers, boning techniques and I can apply these techniques when necessary. I've done all that for formal gowns and tailoring.

I work full time and so I have limited sewing time to work on amazing gowns. But I'm about to make an amazing gown so I'll be using some of these couture techniques. I'm just not sure which ones I'll use on Butterick 6582.

This time my dress will be made of fully sequinned fabric. Yum. 
The lighting in the house varies but the colour of this fabric is rich and golden.
Have a close look at the picture above. Can you see there's more lace than sequins here?

I accidentally pulled an invisible thread and it rained sequins and I was able to fix this.

I finished sewing the dress and took the first photo as my sequin fix guide. 

Then I placed the dress on the ironing board and hand sewed the sequins in a similar configuration. Not the same mind you but enough to cover that area.

This took about 30 minutes to complete. As the fabric is interlined, it was much easier to resew on the sequins though the lace and the interlining.I have been collecting the dropping sequins (now a whole lot fewer) and I'll be keeping these sequins for future hand sewing emergency situations. 


Sharon said...

Gorgeous fabric and can't wait to see the final dress!

beajay said...

That fabric is gorgeous and will make a stunning gown. I love that gold dress too. Very very elegant and it suits you down to a t.

Thewallinna said...

Oh my goodness! This project contains everything I love: sequins, Butterick 6582 and couture techniques :) Looking forward to reading your next post!

sewhopeful said...

Those tips I really appreciate if I ever summon the courage to work with sequins. Wow. That fabric is to absolute die for and I am really looking forward to seeing this finished make. You are so amazingly versatile. I'm waiting on your next post enthusiastically.

Gail said...

Good tips. From sewing my daughter's formal gown I agree wholeheartedly about swirl versus straight line sequins. The other tip I'd offer is that if you are removing sequins from the seam line, replace them. Include a few on the seam line and it makes the line less obvious.

Margo Bergman said...

Yum is right!! I can't wait to see this dress on you! Great job fixing the sequins and you gave us some great tips on choosing a special fabric. Thanks!!

Melanie Wise said...

Thanks for tip, you do gorgeous work. I have not done any formal work in a long time, I dread it actually.

Bella said...

Wow! That turned out great. You are so brave. I just imagine all the $$ going down the drain! But it's fun to see what others create!

Lori said...

Wow, gorgeous fabric and thanks for all the tips. Can't wait to see it.

JustSew Jenna said...

That fabric is beautiful, I'm looking forward to seeing the finished object!

Amy T said...

A great pairing of fabric and pattern


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