Hi pals. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Today, despite my crippling hangover (I am too old to be cajoled into doing shots of Jamieson, groan), I decided to jumpstart my sewjo by working on a muslin for a sequin dress I want to wear to my friends wedding in November.
I have a scant 2 yards of this GORGEOUS bronze chevron sequin jersey I received at a meetup swap. I am super apprehensive about sewing with sequins so I would like to make a very simple mini dress with minimal seams and darts to minimise the amount of sequins I will have to carefully remove at all the sewing lines.
Coincidentally, I had a neon chevron stretch cotton in my stash so I used that today to test a simple shift pattern. I am having major gaping issues at the back as you can see below. Anyone have any suggestion for how I can fix this? It is a common fitting issue for me – normally I just pinch off the excess at the zipper but I can’t do that if I want to match my print. I’m sure this is an easy pattern adjustment I should be making all the time but I don’t know what it is. Thoughts?
That fitting issue aside, now that I have the shift made I’m wondering if it’s the right choice. I want something simple since the sequins are so crazy, but I’m also considering making a trapeze/tent dress instead. Here are the two options:
A 60’s shift with short sleeves and the sequins running horizontally. The pattern pieces are slim enough that I can squeeze them all in on the crossgrain. It would look something like this:
Option #2 is a modified version of this tent dress I made a few years back. It’s basically a swingy a-line with no darts. I wear this dress frequently and find it really flattering despite the fact that it has almost no shape. I would eliminate the pockets, yolk seam and mock turtleneck. Here is the dress again:
Because the pattern pieces are quite wide, my only option is to run the chevrons vertically. It would look like something like this:
What do you think? Shift dress with chevrons running horizontally or tent dress with chevrons running vertically? Maybe you have an even better pattern suggestion. The sequined fabric is quite stretchy so I could also do a slimmer fitting t-shirt style dress, but I kind of liked the idea of a looser fitting 60’s silhouette. I gratefully welcome your thoughts.
Now I’m going to go collapse on the couch with my tea.