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Pink Tutu with Sequins

pink tulle tutu with sequins

Bess made this pink tutu for her niece Amélie (who is 16 months) for Christmas, numerous layers of tulle were gathered and pleated (there is a few layers of cream underneath), and then fitted to a silk dupion waistband and drawn in with elastic. Then, Christmas being Christmas and the bling level needing to be raised Bess added beads and sequins to the waist.

Bess used the formula of gathering the tulle to 7″ bigger than waist measurement which worked okay but for a skirt this small 5″ is probably enough.

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Pink Tulle Tutus with Feathers and Sequins

Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers

Bess made these two tutus for her nieces Kitcat and Miaow with a loose brief of Nutcracker in mind. There are a gazillion layers of tulle gathered and pleated and sewn onto a silk dupion elasticated waistband and embellished with feathers and sequins. Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers at Chatsworth House

3 colours of tulle were used to get a greater depth to the skirts. A short layer of creamy beige, and second longer layer of sugar pink and a top (longest) layer of very pale pink.

Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers

Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathersBess doesn’t really do ‘fluff’ but had a lot of fun making these. Her kitchen was well and truly tullified.

Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers

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Turquoise Mermaid Blue Sequinned Dress

Turquoise sequinned tulle dress

Jane made this sequinned tulle dress for her grandchildren Kitcat and Miaow (they share). The armholes are bound in lightweight satin bias binding, the hem is taken up with turquoise lycra binding and the neck has a plain mandarin collar made from cotton jersey so the scratchy sequin factor is minimised. This dress makes all the grown-ups exclaim “I WANT ONE!”.

Turquoise sequinned tulle dress detail Turquoise sequinned tulle dress

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Sequinned Dress for a little Angel

sequinned dress singing little angel

Kitcat singing us all Christmas carols in her sequinned dress made by Jane. It is lined in heavy tricot and the armholes and neck are bound with jersey binding.

You get fabulous movement with this sequinned fabric as each sequin is black on one side and silver on the other, so every move is exaggerated with the movement of the sequin. They are surprisingly easy to sew -just snip them out of the seam allowance so you don’t need to sew through them.

You can find various sequinned fabrics HERE

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black and silver sequinned fabric
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Cream Sequinned Linton Tweed Coat

Cream Linton Tweed Coat

Bess went to Vegas to see her Sister get married (Johnny Cash came back from the dead to marry her). Of course she needed a new coat but Vegas being Vegas sequins were in order, albeit subtle and rather stylish ones woven into a fabulous Linton Tweed.

The tweed was quilted onto silk organza to give it a bit of stability (machine quilted in vertical lines with silk thread), it was lined in silk crepe de chine, trimmed with a cotton decorative braid, fastened with corset hooks and weighted at the hem with chain.

It has since been the go-to coat for weddings/birthday parties and posh dinners out.

You can find lots of cardigan jacket tweeds HERE

cardigan jacket tweed from Linton made up into coat
cardigan jacket tweed from Linton made up into coat
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White Grosgrain, Red Sateen and Black Sequin Zippy Dress

white grosgrain zippy panelled dress with sequinned yoke and red sateen inserts

Bess wearing her posh white grosgrain and sequinned zippy dress, with red cotton sateen inserts.

Bess has a bit of an obsession with zips

Fabrics and Notions:
White cotton and acetate grosgrain
Black sequinned jersey
Red cotton and poly stretch sateen
Red continuous zipping
Red piping
Red bias binding (cut from sateen)
Iron-on reinforced stabilising tape
Iron on stabilising tape
Black fold-over grosgrain binding (hem)

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Sequin Dress

sequin and organic cotton mini dress

Bess wearing her sequinned tulle and organic cotton jersey dress (made in one hour!)

Fabrics and Notions
Silver/Black penny sequinned tulle #1926
Black organic cotton jersey #2916
Stay tape

Bess made sleeves and lined her sequin dress in cotton jersey because she is fairly intolerant when it comes to suffering for fashion (and sequins are hot and scratchy).

This dress would have taken much less than an hour had she not taken the time to cut away the sequins along the seams (which makes sewing easier, reduces the risk of a sequin jabbing her in the thigh, and the seams lie nice and flat. It was unnecessary to sew any back on.
Due to the tulle backing the sequins are sewn on to no hemming was required (result!).

 

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Black sequinned braid

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Yellow Gold all-over sequinned Polyamide Tulle

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Dusky Purple heavily sequinned embroidered tulle

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Rainbow and White sequined cloud embroidered iron-on patch

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Ivory cotton Voile with spriggy floral Green embroidery and Pink sequins

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Black, Gold and Grey sequinned and embroidered quilted Polyester (with lining)

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Olive Green small Sequin embellished 95% Polyester 5% Elastane stretch Velour

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Forest Green small Sequin embellished 95% Polyester 5% Elastane stretch Velour

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Turquoise Blue small Sequin embellished 95% Polyester 5% Elastane stretch Velour

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Magenta Pink sequinned rick rack braid

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Navy Blue sequinned rick rack braid

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Gunmetal Grey sequinned rick rack braid

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Silver sequinned rick rack braid

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Turquoise Blue sequinned rick rack braid

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Lime Green sequinned rick rack braid

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Cream, Beige, Mint Green and Gold sequinned Polyester cardigan jacket loose Tweed

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Red, Blue and Yellow Princess Dress

super woman princess dress

Bess was supposed to be making a princess dress for her niece Eloise but it kind of mutated into a Wonder Woman dress instead. This is what happens when you sew with no real idea of what you are making! The skirt is made up of many layers of tulle with a Venezia lining, the bodice is yellow viscose jersey that was a bit thin for the job so was interlined with a cotton jersey, and then appliqued with a piece of sequinned fabric. There is elastic in the waist and sleeves to draw it in and red plastic snap fasteners on the back bodice.

The skirt was made without a pattern (gather the tulle until it is 7″ bigger than the waist), the bodice was pinched off a bridesmaid dress -long since discontinued and certainly not intended for floppy jersey. The worst bit was sewing the heart on straight…. or getting the bulk of the tulle onto the bodice (it had to be ripped apart and regathered with pleats as just gathering was too bulky with all the layers). Despite the moments of GAAAHHHHH! WHAT AM I DOING! it was a great fun make.

 

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Ivory supersoft Polyester Faux Fur with Gold embroidered sequins

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Cream and Gold sequinned and Embroidered Polyester cardigan jacket Bouclé

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Navy, Silver Grey, Coral sparkly sequinned Polyester ribbon cardigan jacket Tweed

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Multicolour abstract printed and sequinned Polyester Chiffon

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Turquoise / aqua ombre (selvedge to selvedge) small sequinned stretch Tulle

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Black sequinned and sparkle hair thread cardigan jacket type Polyester Tweed

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Grey and Taupe rabbit fur with crochet and sequin trim

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Purple rabbit fur with crochet and sequin trim

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Rainbow multicolour and black Polyester sequinned Tulle

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Yellow toadstool sequin embroidered and printed 82% Viscose 18% Silk Chiffon

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Hand Embroidered and Painted Wool Tweed Skirt

hand embroidered children's drawings onto wool tweed skirt

Bess used her 5 and 8 year old niece’s fabulous drawings as inspiration for the embellishment on this wool tweed A-Line skirt. First she used white fabric paint and then embroidered using a heavy thread and added beads and sequins. It was all done by hand as the tweed is quite a loose weave and she was concerned machine embroidery would make it too stiff (certainly the kind of embroidery Bess has the patience for!).

It is lined in Venezia lining – turned on the lining with no waistband and bound with an ottoman (heavy) bias binding. Strips of Iron on interfacing tape were used to reinforce the back of the areas where the belt loops go. The concealed zip was moved from the back seam to the side so the back could be cut on the fold also. You rarely get any shaping on the back seam so if you have enough fabric to do this (it invariably takes extra on an a-line skirt) you can without brainache.

Bess is very fickle but this is her absolute favourite skirt at the moment.

hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
Butterfly
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
house with roof blowing off
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
house flower
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
girl with yellow hair
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
star flower
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
Elsa from frozen with her high heels and plaited hair
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
doodle
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
doodle
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
Pussy Cat
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
house without a door
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
robot
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
star
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
apple tree
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
hem (Hong Kong finish)
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
Belt detail. Don’t look too close at the bias stitching.
hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
wiggly worm

 

hand embroidered childre's drawings onto wool tweed skirt
hand embroidered children’s drawings onto wool tweed skirt

 

 

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Dusky Silvery Lilac mini sequinned black stretch Powernet

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Black 100% Polyamide stretch Tulle with Red, Magenta and Forest Green floral embroidered matt sequins. Less than ½ Price. Pictured here with a blue lining.

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Embroidered and Embellished Cotton Piqué Coat

daisies and sequined grass embellished cotton piqué coat

Bess made this turquoise cotton piqué coat for a wedding, wanting something very plain that would go with all her dresses. All the best laid plans and all that – Bess HATED it plain (felt like a doctor’s coat), so cut up some daisy trim and sewed them all over, and couched some yellow vintage strung sequins and green jute string as grass. Bess is not ruling out the possibility that there won’t be more flowers and insects added at a later date.

daisy trim embellished piqué cotton with sequins and jute string
daisy trim embellished piqué cotton with sequins and jute string

The Peter Pan collar is accented with red satin (ready made) piping and the same piping is used between the printed cotton lawn lining and the front facings. The sleeves are lined in red Venezia as they are fairly slim and need to slip.

The pattern is a Vintage burda pattern no. 7041, it makes up beautifully with hardly any alterations.

floral cotton lawn used as lining
floral cotton lawn used as lining

 

Peter Pan collar on turquoise piqué embellished coat
Peter Pan collar on turquoise piqué embellished coat

Finally the buttons were added, these buttons were the originals intended for the plain jacket but Bess was determined to use them, whether they go or not. (I think she gets away with it – just).

Turquoise diamanté and oxidised metal asian inspired button
Turquoise diamanté and oxidised metal asian inspired button

She loves them. Every girl needs a bit of bling.

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Off White and Blue mixed fibres with lurex and sequins cardigan jacket type Linton Tweed

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White 52% Cotton and 48% Acetate Grosgrain Taffeta. You can see it made up on our catwalk

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Bronzey Gold solidly sequinned Polyester Tulle

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Matt Black solidly sequinned Polyester Tulle

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Cerise Pink solidly sequinned Polyester Tulle

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Black / Fuchsia Mary Quant style daisy sequined Tulle

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Black heavily sequinned Poly Elastane Velour

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Blue / Pink embroidered loose weave Wool with Sequins

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Pink embroidered loose weave Wool with Sequins

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Ivory embroidered and sequinned Silk Dupion

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Ivory embroidered sequinned and beaded Silk Dupion

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Ivory Needlecord with multi-coloured paisley embroidery and sequins