Bess made this fab linen jersey cardigan using her tried-and-tested t-shirt pattern that has been cut up the front. The trim is a sequinned rick rack. It is possible Bess’s life is complete now there is sequinned rickrack in the world. Continue reading Linen Jersey Cardigan with sequin Trim and Iron-On Patch
Bess made this green linen jersey cardigan purely because she needed an excuse to use the fantastic scroll sequin trim. This trim is not confined to cardigans, and whilst it may look like it is a pig to attach it really wasn’t (Bess sewed it by hand). The pattern is a basic t-shirt pattern with bust darts that Bess cut open with a V at the neck.
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.
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.
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.
Bess doesn’t really do ‘fluff’ but had a lot of fun making these. Her kitchen was well and truly tullified.
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!”.
Annabelle in her fabulous orange sequinned silk georgette coat trimmed with pink diamanté buttons.
ED. It is normal for me to have sewing envy when posting up pics of your makes but this is at a whole new level. I need an orange sparkly semi sheer coat! I need it!
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
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
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 bias binding (cut from sateen)
Iron-on reinforced stabilising tape
Iron on stabilising tape
Black fold-over grosgrain binding (hem)
Bess wearing her sequinned tulle and organic cotton jersey dress (made in one hour!)
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!).
Alice’s jersey and sequinned bodysuit made for her degree collection.
Fabrics and Notions:
Viscose elastane single jersey
Ombre printed sequinned tulle
Alice’s jersey and sequinned mini dress made for her degree collection.
Fabrics and Notions:
Viscose elastane single jersey
Ombre printed sequinned tulle
Stretch Iron-on Interfacing
Black sequinned braid
Yellow Gold all-over sequinned Polyamide Tulle
Dusky Purple heavily sequinned embroidered tulle
Rainbow and White sequined cloud embroidered iron-on patch
Ivory cotton Voile with spriggy floral Green embroidery and Pink sequins
Black, Gold and Grey sequinned and embroidered quilted Polyester (with lining)
Olive Green small Sequin embellished 95% Polyester 5% Elastane stretch Velour
Forest Green small Sequin embellished 95% Polyester 5% Elastane stretch Velour
Turquoise Blue small Sequin embellished 95% Polyester 5% Elastane stretch Velour
Navy sequin scroll trim
White sequin scroll trim
Red sequinned rick rack braid
Magenta Pink sequinned rick rack braid
Navy Blue sequinned rick rack braid
Gunmetal Grey sequinned rick rack braid
Silver sequinned rick rack braid
Turquoise Blue sequinned rick rack braid
Lime Green sequinned rick rack braid
Cream, Beige, Mint Green and Gold sequinned Polyester cardigan jacket loose Tweed
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.
Ivory supersoft Polyester Faux Fur with Gold embroidered sequins
Cream and Gold sequinned and Embroidered Polyester cardigan jacket Bouclé
Navy, Silver Grey, Coral sparkly sequinned Polyester ribbon cardigan jacket Tweed
Multicolour abstract printed and sequinned Polyester Chiffon
Turquoise / aqua ombre (selvedge to selvedge) small sequinned stretch Tulle
Black sequinned and sparkle hair thread cardigan jacket type Polyester Tweed
Grey and Taupe rabbit fur with crochet and sequin trim
Purple rabbit fur with crochet and sequin trim
Rainbow multicolour and black Polyester sequinned Tulle
Yellow toadstool sequin embroidered and printed 82% Viscose 18% Silk Chiffon
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.
Dusky Silvery Lilac mini sequinned black stretch Powernet
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.
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.
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.
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).
She loves them. Every girl needs a bit of bling.
Off White and Blue mixed fibres with lurex and sequins cardigan jacket type Linton Tweed
White 52% Cotton and 48% Acetate Grosgrain Taffeta. You can see it made up on our catwalk
Bronzey Gold solidly sequinned Polyester Tulle
Matt Black solidly sequinned Polyester Tulle
Cerise Pink solidly sequinned Polyester Tulle
Black / Fuchsia Mary Quant style daisy sequined Tulle
Black heavily sequinned Poly Elastane Velour
Blue / Pink embroidered loose weave Wool with Sequins
Pink embroidered loose weave Wool with Sequins
Ivory embroidered and sequinned Silk Dupion
Ivory embroidered sequinned and beaded Silk Dupion
Ivory Needlecord with multi-coloured paisley embroidery and sequins