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Mood DIY: Sequin Skirt

I’ve been on a bit of a sequin kick lately, and recently stumbled upon the “metallic fabric” section at Mood Fabrics NYC—I was instantly smitten. After only a few minutes in my new “heaven,” I discovered this fabric with an ombre-like affect and immediately snapped up a yard.  I figure I must have been on to something, because before it could be put away, another young lady grabbed a yard for herself too. Skirt, a pair of shorts, you can do any number of things with this…..tell me what you think of the colors below. Editor’s note: You can find more sequin fabrics online here at MoodFabrics.com.

Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics. Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics.
SUPPLIES: 1 yard of sequin fabric, straight pins, invisible zipper, scissors, and a skirt you already own whose shape you love.
Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics.
HOW-TO:
1. Fold your fabric in half and lay a skirt you love on top of it to create your own pattern.
2. Cut out the 2 forms of the pattern you just created.
3. Place your 2 forms together — insides facing — and pick the side where you’d like to place your zipper.  Open up the two forms, and giving yourself a 1/2 inch seam allowance, pin the zipper on one side of the form, being sure to start close to the top of the waist band. (Note: I liked more of the rust color on the bottom, so I folded down quite a bit at the waist to center my desired design).
4.  Once one side of the zipper is in place, flip the skirt over and pin the 2nd half, down.
5. Close up the remainder of the zippered side of the skirt with straight pins.
6. It was easier for me pin the correct shape with the skirt on, so I slipped it on to pin the opposite side.
Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics.
HOW-TO CONT’D
7. Open up the zipper and sew it into place on both sides.
8. Now that the zipper is intact, sew together the remainder of this side of the skirt.
9. After feeling a little clumsy with the fabric scissors, I opted to snip off the remainder of a 1/4 inch seam allowance of sequins with cuticle scissors (Note: removing a few rows of sequins gives the skirt a clean edge to fold back for your hem).
10. Fold back 1/4 inch hem and pin it into place.
11. It’s a lot less messier if you put some paper down, so lay the skirt on top, and uncover only the area you want to spray with adhesive.  Let it dry.
12. Hand stitch 1/4 inch hem, remove pins, and then you are all set!  

Sequin Skirt made with sequin fabric from Mood Fabrics.

Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for the past a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.

21 Responses to “ Mood DIY: Sequin Skirt ”

  1. Reader

    It’s an interesting idea, but the instructions about making a pattern from an existing skirt probably should be more detailed. It would be better to make a muslin first. In all frankness, the skirt looks too tight on the author.

    376 days ago   |  
  2. Tzipi

    I have always been intimidated by sequin fabric. Do you just see over the sequins with the machine or do you have to pick out the sequins at the seam line? Thanks

    The skirt and fabric are gorgeous!!!!!

    376 days ago   |  
    • Meg at Mood

      It’s best to remove the sequins from the seam line, but shhhhh—I have been known to machine-stitch over sequins. Though that’s generally when I’m sewing less expensive sequin fabric and I’m making “disposable” fashion. —Meg at Mood

      376 days ago   |  
    • Brandhyze Stanley

      I absolutely sew right over the sequins when constructing the body and sleeves, but remove them from the hem line for a clean edge. I understand the initial hesitation — I had some too. But jump right in….it’s a lot like any other fabric

      376 days ago   |  
  3. Dawn

    How about a link to that fabic on the website? I love it.

    377 days ago   |  
    • Meg at Mood

      Hi Dawn, Brandhyze bought that fabric at our NYC store. 212-730-5003. We have lots of sequin fabric on the web site, just none with that ombre effect.

      377 days ago   |  
      • Dawn

        OK, I’ll have to give them a call. Thanks!

        373 days ago   |  
  4. Adriana

    I was thinking of starting to make my own clothe….and of course need a sewing machine but don’t know which one to get. Can someone recommends me one for beginners and not extremely expensive?
    Thanks

    378 days ago   |  
    • Brandhyze Stanley

      I think that’s great you want to make your own clothes! For a sewing machine starting out, I’d personally suggest getting a good one secondhand, like a Singer off of Craigslist or eBay. That way you can ease into it and still be able to google how to do things on your machine when certain questions arise. Best of luck to you, and I’d love to see some of the stuff you create!

      377 days ago   |  
      • Tzipi

        I don’t recommend Singer. You can either look on Criags list or look on amazon or at Sears and pick up a Brothers or Kenmore for $100. Even if you just use it for fixing clothes you will – get your money back. Also check out Craftsy.com a great web site!!

        376 days ago   |  
        • Brandhyze Stanley

          Thanks for the tips Tzipi! I think it’s all what works for you. I just bought a beginner Singer for a little cousin just getting into design, and she LOVES it!

          376 days ago   |  
    • Reader

      My teacher at FIT recommended that home sewers buy an older, metal Singer. I would talk to a sewing machine technician about the model if you see something for sale and would take it in to have it serviced if you end up buying.

      Don’t get the cheapest Brother.

      Don’t worry about fancy stitches. The most important thing is a good straight stitch.

      376 days ago   |  
  5. Judy Cheon

    Love that fabric! That skirt is a must for this holiday season. I’m going to get that fabric and make something wonderful to post on my sewing webisite. https://www.thesewing website.com

    380 days ago   |  
  6. Erica B.

    Brandhyze, I love this skirt! So cute!

    386 days ago   |  
    • Brandhyze Stanley

      Thank you much Erica!

      377 days ago   |  
  7. JENNIFER

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! I’m definitely going to purchase some sequin fabric for a skirt, here at the L.A. store.

    I’m loving all of the classes I’ve taken and continue to take here at the L.A. store love, love the instructors..

    387 days ago   |  
    • Meg at Mood

      That’s so great to hear! I’ll pass that on to the LA store. Thanks!

      387 days ago   |  
  8. Lady T

    What are you spraying with adhesive? I don’t understand that step and I want to because it is such a pretty skirt!

    389 days ago   |  
    • Brandhyze Stanley

      Lady T, I spray the back of the hem line with adhesive to catch the loose threads so they won’t unravel.

      389 days ago   |  
  9. Stephanie

    Love Love Love!!! Beautiful colors. I have recently started taking classes at Mood Los Angeles with my 12 year old daughter and we are falling in love with the idea of making our own clothes. All my friends are about shopping and I’m in my own world having fun making my own. Thanks so much for your DIY instructions. We hope to see more posts from you soon:-)

    390 days ago   |  
    • Meg at Mood

      Making your own clothes is cool! Keep taking classes and learn from experienced sewers, and you’ll be making beautiful things in no time. Check out our other blog, Mood Sewing Network. –Meg at Mood

      390 days ago   |