On a couple of those Isaac Mizrahi shows ( I don’t know the name–like proj runway) there was a fashion clip that showed a girl wearing a gold sequin t-shirt. I WANT TO MAKE ONE.
The more I search the less I know. Do I use a t-shirt pattern, is the fabric a knit? Or do I used a blouse pattern cut to look like a t-shirt? I’ve checked Betzina’s Fabric Savvy but I’m still daunted. I’m asking now because want to find and fit the pattern now and then go to the fabric store in a week or so(it’s a bit of a drive to the best fabric store). The book was good with tips on sewing but I’m still daunted as to what I will be working with and even what to look for when shopping for the fabric.
Please, any and all advice is wanted and the more detailed your answer the more I will like it.
Hi Judy Houston ( I'm a Judy too and moved from Houston last year).Anyway, I would find the fabric first and then design the shirt around the fabric. Some sequin fabric may be stretchy on a knit, and some may not. Even if it is a stretch, you need to know how much it stretches and pick a knit pattern accordingly.
I appreciate your reply and that is what i would normally do.
In this case however I need to arm myself with as much information as possible and that will help influence my selection and help me prefit the pattern.
Readers, please offer any information you have. Thank you.
I agree with Jigg in that you must find the fabric before adapting or buying a pattern. Unless you are in a large city with a wealth of high end fabric stores you may have trouble finding the fabric. It's pretty risky buying online for specialty fabrics of this type; they are bound to be expensive and you want to be happy with your choice.Until you have the fabric in hand you will have no idea of how to prefit the top. As Jigg pointed out, the fabric may be a knit and therefor stretch and on the other hand it could be a woven which is a whole other kettle of fish. What you can know ahead of time of the approximate yardage you will need - check out similar styles.
I haven't seen the shirt, but my experience with sequined fabric is that it is usually not worth sewing for yourself, even if you find exactly the color and texture that you want!
If you look at dance, ice-skating, or costume websites, you're likely to find a great sequined top for far less than it would cost to make one. But if you're inclined for an adventure, be prepared for snagged needles, shredded thread, popping and shattering sequins, and a lot of waste; it's not a bad idea to wear safety glasses while sewing on sequined fabrics, though the new sequins are more flexible, thin disks than the old ones were.
Also, be sure to make a sample garment in a fabric that is similar to the base of the sequined fabric, as you cannot re-sew or move a seam! Let us know what you find and how it works out.
thank you! this is the kind of information I want. j
Perhaps you are looking for fabric that is already sequined, the kind of thing that is worn by performers in dance competitions or ice shows. The fabric is often stretchy (as costumes must be), and is therefore suitable for tees, leotards, and so on. The sequins are glued on, rather than sewn. Here is a link to this type of fabric (found under a google search for "yardage sequined fabric"):http://www.jandofabrics.com/products.asp?id=223
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