Shining Shining Shining Yeah [*Bey's voice]

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Sunday, April 23, 2017


The Shining song by Beyonce has been stuck in head for weeks now, I don't think I'll get tired of it anytime soon. I bring this up because I recently made a dress for a client and it screamed shiny. The fabric is a filled with black, silver, and beige sequences that literally glisten in the light and is bright as hell. Even thought it has loads of sequences there is some stretch to it as it has a mesh fabric underneath. For a lining I went a bit unconventional and instead of doing the whole traditional lining sewn underneath, I made a separate knit off white dress that my client could wear under the sequence part. This was basically a 2 for 1 type of dress because she could wear the underdress with other outfits.

Making this dress took a lot of time...approximately 7 hours. I would say it took 3 hours for the underdress and 4 hours to make the sequence dress but I split my time in 3 days. The aftermath was having sequence fall everywhere in my work room which was a hassle to deal with.  

Some tips for working with sequence:

1.) Lay down a sewing mat or large paper so you can catch the fallen sequences! (b/c they WILL fall)

2.) Fabric is expensive and fabric with sequence is even more expensive so be careful where you cut and try not to mess up. Its not the end of the world if you do mess up. I've messed up many times before there are tricks you can do to recover your fabric...thats a whole other post tho. 

3.) Go with a straight stitch. This does depend on your material but I prefer straight stitch as it is cleaner to work with.

Best of luck on your endeavors with sequence fabric! Let me know how it goes!
hamdikeynan@gmail.com

Lining worn underneath





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