Happy almost Halloween! My littlest announced she wanted to be a fairy princess this year, having gone all out in the princess dress last year I really wanted to keep the dress a little more straight forward. I was standing in front of a bunch of pink sparkly fabric feeling rather uninspired when I saw this solid silver sequin cloth. I knew I needed it. The result did not disappoint.
I used See Kate Sew’s Pippa Peplum with the circle skirt extension for the base of my dress. It is a fast sew and a big hit in my house. Since the Pippa comes with a short sleeve and 3/4 sleeve, and I live in the Midwest, the first thing I did was extend the sleeve pattern to a long sleeve. I used THIS really quick trick.
The back side of sequin cloth is not super soft, and the seams can get a bit sharp so I knew I wanted to line the dress. I went to my fabric stash and pulled out a jersey target sheet I picked up on clearance. (so yes there is some pink in there)
I made two dresses. I started with the jersey sheet dress. That dress I sewed just as instructed (with my new sleeve). That became the lining of the dress that will sit snug against her. Then it was time to move on to the sequins!
Because I wanted the two dresses to fit together nicely, and fit on the child without a struggle I made the outer dress a little bigger. I did this by laying the sequin cloth sequins side down and tracing my pattern pieces on to the backside. I taped two pens together and added 3/8″ to all of my seams on the outer dress. Then sewed the dress per instructions.
Working with sequin fabric:
- Trace your pieces to the back of the fabric to avoid damage with pins
- After you trace your pieces go over the line with fray check, this will help hold your cut line together so you loose fewer sequins
- DON’T use the good fabric scissors to cut.
Since this was a play dress I sewed my fabric together without concern of lifting sequins up and pulling them back over to cover seams.
Once I had two completed dress shells I pinned them right sides together at the neck and sewed all the way around. Then I flipped the two dresses so that the right side of the jersey dress faced the child and the sequins dress faced out.
I turned over the outer dress sleeve and encased the underdress in the hem. The two outer skirts I hemmed individually, the outer dress is pretty heavy so I felt like that gave it a little more movement.
She is a tiny disco ball fairy princesses- and she loves it- add a pair of wings and crown (not pictured) send out the door!