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Bridge Open Seams with Beads and Sequins

Bridge open seams with sparkling accents
Threads Issue #212, Dec. 2020/Jan. 2021
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Create light, delicate-looking garments by joining seams with sequins and beads.

Accent seamlines and garment edges with hand-sewn sequin and bead clusters that bridge the gap between separate rolled edges. Joining seams by hand with beaded accents is a labor of love that yields unique garments with a visual pop and a subtle peekaboo effect. The technique dresses up a favorite pattern for an easy, unlined, special-occasion look. Depending on the fabric you choose, your jacket, top, or dress will be light and airy or soft and drapey. The beads provide a little weight, and clever engineering gives the garment structure.

Start with a pattern that fits well and has been tested for ease of movement. This seaming technique is best for loose-fitting styles that have little, if any, stress on the seams. This does not suggest that the garment must be oversized, however. A natural or slightly dropped shoulder line and ample, but not excessive, wearing ease through the body…

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