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Attach Sequin Trim by Hand or Machine

Stitch shimmering circles by hand or machine
Threads #214, Summer 2021
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From: Vintage Details: A Fashion Sourcebook (Laurence King, 2016); photographer: Stephen Sartori Source: The Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection, Syracuse University School of Design

A circa 1966 French shift walks the line between whimsy and sophistication, with its embroidered sequin motifs of varied sizes. The oversized sequins, applied in scattered concentric circles, catch the light and make a simple sleeveless dress literally sparkle. The sequin circles were placed to accommodate easy maintenance, with none in the sitting area. The dress is lined for wearing comfort. See how to attach sequins by hand or machine below.

Sequins are a favorite embellishment on garments ranging from fabulous evening gowns to sassy T-shirts and jeans. The 1960s wool dress shown on the back cover goes from basic to festive with the addition of sequined rounds, placed randomly over the front and back.

Sequins come in a variety of colors, finishes, sizes, and shapes. Individual sequins must be attached separately, and this can be time-consuming. The embellishment on the back cover dress can be duplicated with sequin trim (DoveOriginalsTrims.com),…

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