Working with Sequin Cloth- Halloween Hack

pippa peplum

fairy titleHappy 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)

fairy 4I 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!

fairy 6Because 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.

fairy 2

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!

Happy Sewing,



{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Stephanie October 9, 2014, 9:31 am

    So I LOVED glitter when I was a kid – this dress is basically my Halloween dream circa 1998 🙂 I bet she’ll love it when the sun hits it and rainbows are everywhere! Thanks for sewing along!

  • Rachel October 9, 2014, 10:56 am

    Sequins are so fun ~ I bet she loves being a disco ball!

  • Annie October 9, 2014, 3:40 pm

    This dress is so fun! She is a fairy, princess, and disco ball all in one 🙂 Great play dress!

  • Kristina and Millie October 12, 2014, 1:50 pm

    what a sweet disco ball fairy 🙂 she looks like she is totally enjoying this sequin dress! Great job as always!

  • Pam @Threading My Way October 14, 2014, 7:03 am

    I bet she gets lots of mileage out of this cute and pretty dress, Rachel. It’s been a while since I’ve sewn with sequins, but I do remember sequins all over the floor every time… LOL!!!

  • Julie V. (Somebody's Dinner) October 25, 2014, 7:20 pm

    Rachel, thanks for the tutorial. It seems to simple to make the outer dress slightly bigger simply by tracing around the smaller pieces, but it’s not a trick I had thought of. Thanks.

    I have lots of fun sewing Halloween costumes, but not tons of experience. My favorite trick is using Velcro any place I can because it’s a costume! Velcro and costumes go well together 🙂

    This has be repinned to the Retro Re-Pin Party Board and we hope to see you next week starting Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.

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