I’d overlooked this design when I’d received this issue, and hadn’t considered it since. Something about the scratched old photo look, beanie and graffiti just didn’t appeal.
But look at the line drawing.
Perfect for sequins….a minimum of seams for which sequin removal would be required, and a drape-y style that would allow lots of movement.
And then I saw what Tanja W. created from this design!
Image from Tanya’s ‘Karl meets Coco’ project page on Burdastyle.com
No more hesitation! This was clearly an excellent pattern for what I had in mind for some sequined mesh in the stash.
I wanted a light topper for a sort of boring evening frock I’d worn to the same event the year before.
The event was a black tie affair in the Great Hall of our National Parliament, so I figured a bit of sequined bling would work.
Lets talk about the fabric.
My sequined fabric is not your traditional sequined number. It is made up of clear plastic sequins sewn onto mesh, and then the whole thing is printed in an abstract almost wood grain pattern.
As you can see here where I’m part way through removing sequins for the neck binding strip, the sequins weren’t all beautifully lined up before printing, so there’s a bit of extra randomness to the design.
The colours are muted greens and browns, but the shininess of the plastic catches the light, so there is an overall silver-y fish scale-y effect.
I removed sequins from every seam allowance and from the hem. It took a very. long. time. And I chose a design with very few seams and then omitted a few more (like the centre back pleat and seam).
I omitted the facings too. The back neck was faced with a strip of the mesh cut across the grain so it was stretchy (after removing all the scratchy sequins). The fronts were cut out with a straight çut-on facing using the selvedge. The selvedge had a wide non sequin part, so that worked well.
I am still finding sequins everywhere.
I don’t think I’ll be sewing with sequins again in a hurry!
But it is a fun jacket to have in my wardrobe. I might even wear it with non evening wear