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.
SUPPLIES: 1 yard of sequin fabric, straight pins, invisible zipper, scissors, and a skirt you already own whose shape you love.
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.
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!
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