I’m just alittleinlove with this dress (by Aussie designer Rachel Gilbert), and I love love love even more that this hella-stylin’ lady wore it on her wedding day. In a paddock. With an Elvis impersonator as their celebrant. *nods*.
I’m not planning to wear black sequins to my wedding… but I was sorely tempted for several moments there! Instead, I’m redirecting my newly acquired sequin fetish into this years birthday dress. It’s the big three-oh, and so I need something particularly flashy to celebrate the end of my third decade of existance. Convenienly, our next event on the social sewing calendar – frocktails – is a week beforehand so it would almost be impractical not to make something a bit fancy, non?
I’ve been doing some sequin recon – most of the sequinned fabrics I’ve been scoping are sewn onto a tulle backing and have some stretch, so I’m thinking of underlining it in a stable knit to give a bit more warmth/comfort. I want this to look and feel totally luxe! On my recon missions I saw many fabulous sequinned fabrics, and thought I’d share a few with you guys. Problem is, sequins are HARD to photograph with a phone-camera - so in each of the photos below, imagine it 5x darker and ignore all of those pesky sequins reflecting light, and you’ll be on the money..
As it’ll be a dress for cooler weather, I’m thinking a slinky sheath style, long sleeves and a bateau neckline – and uber short to be in keeping with the cocktail dress theme and balance out the modesty on top. And possibly a giant exposed metal zipper down the centre back, thankyou very much.
So what I actually ended up purchasing is this – a matt navy blue sequinned fabric with the sequins sewn in squiggly lines (to minimise unraveling edge heartbreak) from old faithful – Tessuti.
I have a sneaking suspicious this will be a dress of extremes – it will be either awesomely epic or a complete disaster. Here’s hoping for the former, but I’ll share it with you all anyway even if it’s not. And when it’s all said and done… I’m finally going to make myself one of those Burda knit tops with the sequin inserts on the shoulder. Christy and Robin’s versions have been teasing me and I want in on the action!
Any tips on sewing with sequins? Throw them my way!