Sequin fabric can be called as the peacock of this fabric world. So flashy, so pretty, and absolutely irresistible! And the best part is it that you can sew it within minutes and that too without any hassles. You can easily transform a boring top or skirt with quick sequin work.
If you too are looking to revamp your old dress into something glittery and flashy, follow these simple tips to get that perfect look!
Go for a Simple Pattern
First things first! You need to determine the texture of your sequin fabrics like is it stretchable or not. Sequins are generally a bit bulky as compared to the tee-shirt or dress fabric and might develop a bulge. To be on a safer side; for a simple pattern like butterfly, flowers or a ladybug to start with. Though you can do some add-ons if your dress can handle it!
Don’t forget the Lining
If you haven’t worn sequin dresses in the past, this is a very important tip for you. Sequins can get really uncomfortable and scratchy if directly sewed on the dress. There are two options with you; either you select a dress which already has lining attached to it, or go for a pattern which includes lining in it.
Take care of your Scissors and Needles
Sequins are made from hard plastic material and are available in different colors and shapes. While sewing sequins in your dress, you need to be extra careful with your equipment. They are hard enough to dull any sharp scissors. Go for leather needles which can pierce the sequins right into the dress and saving your equipment as well.
We all know that a hot iron can damage the shine of sequin. So what should be done to align them in a single direction? You can apply a bit of pressure to completely flatten them in sync of the design. Most of the times, this trick will work for you. Still, if you are looking for some more perfection, go for a rolling pin or similar things.
Prevent a Mess!
Working with sequins is undoubtedly a tough task. First you need to be extra careful with the color and shape of the sequin; second, you also need to prevent yourself from causing a mess both in your home and dress. Many times, sequins do slip and fall in the gap of the cloth that is folded with the help of sewing machine.
Best of all, make sure you sit in a clean place and clear any extra sequins sticking to your dress. This will not only enhance the intricacies and stitch of the dress but will also prevent you from public embarrassment.
Don’t forget to Mark the Fabric!
Avoid starting a sequin stitch directly on the fabric. It is advisable to make a mark or outline for the design and then start stitching. This will eliminate any chances of error in the final design. Also marking on the front side of the fabric might leave its marks on the fabric. It’s better to do the marking on the inside part of the dress.
No need to sweat it out!
Generally, we don’t prefer to wear sequin dresses frequently. They are meant to be flashy and glossy. So, my point here is, it’s okay to leave the sequins in the seam allowance. This can be a personal choice of the wearer, but the decision should be taken according to its frequency of usage. Also, you should consider removing it if it discomforts you.
These were some simple and useful tips for sewing sequin fabric. Sequins can do wonders to any fabric by adding a lot of styles and shine to it. It is essential to select the appropriate sequin color and shape that goes well with your outfit.