Everyone needs a little sparkle in their wardrobe and a simple sequin top is a great way to try sewing with sequins. I thoroughly enjoyed this project and love the end result too, which has already been worn on a night out with the girls and inspired some terrible Mom dancing.
Sewing Pattern and Fabric
The sequin fabric is our pretty John Kaldor Luxor fabric in ivory inspired by a top the lovely Tess Daly wore for a Strictly behind the scenes clip last year. It is also available in midnight blue and black.
The sequins are relatively delicate with a circle punched in the middle so there is less chance of needle breakage than with some of the heavier disc type sequins. In fact I sewed the whole top without a single needle breaking and didn't even bother trimming the sequins off the seam allowances.
I lined the top with our John Kaldor cadiz cotton jersey fabric in ivory, which is super soft and beautiful against your skin (unlike scratchy sequins!)
I chose a super simple sewing pattern (New Look 6543), although I did opt for a design with bust darts because I like to have a little shape in this area. Quite frankly I need all the help I can get!
There are no fastenings and you just pull the top on over your head.
Adjustment and Sizing
I made a straight size 12 and made a high round back and a forward shoulder adjustment as usual. You can see tutorials on how to do these here.
I also raised the bust darts 1" because they seemed very low on a quick toile I made. This might be due to the fact there is a little bit of stretch in the sequin fabric. You can see a tutorial on how to do this here.
This was a super simple sew. You can read all my tips on sewing with sequin fabric here, but in all honesty my biggest advice is try it, it's not as scary as you think!
I sewed the sequin bodice then the lining bodice and joined them at the neckline and armholes with a satin bias. I decided to make the bias visible around the neckline and hidden around the armholes because I thought visible bias at both edges would look a bit much.
I left the side seams unattached so the top could hang properly and finished the edge of the sequin layer with a visible satin bias to match the neckline.
I made the lining layer slightly shorter than the sequin layer so there was a little strip of sheer sequins at the hemline.
As mentioned I wore my sequin top on a night out and I'm happy to report not only did I feel sparkly and party ready it was also very comfortable too thanks to the satin bias finishes and jersey lining. I fully expect the top to make another few appearances over Christmas too and am so glad I chose this fun project.
Have fun sewing!
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