Refashion / Sew

Scratchy sequin dress transformed 3 ways

This sequin material caught my attention and I just couldn’t resist buying this new dress in New York several years ago. Unfortunately, what I didn’t realize in the fitting room was just how those sequins would scratch the $%*# out of my inner arms as I walked. Needless to say, this dress has only been worn to two events since then. Somehow it has remained in my closet for years….I guess it’s the sparkle!!

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Who knew sequins could be so evil?!

My plan was to make a skirt (initially). I chopped off the top part responsible for severe inner arm scratching! There are actually two layers- an inner slip and then the sequin material.

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Since the fabric had some stretch to it, I didn’t have to worry about inserting a zipper. I used jersey stretch material for the waistband.

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pin time

I sewed the jersey stretch material to the sequin+slip layers…and when I got to the side seams, stopped sewing as I realized I couldn’t adjust the waistband and evenly distribute the remaining fabric if I sewed down the whole waistband. I finished the raw edges of back side seam to side seam with a strip of jersey stretch material as well. This might make more sense when you see the final product :)…

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When I tried the skirt on, I realized it could also be a dress!! Lucky that I chose to make a wide waistband which could also become the bust section. Soft jersey material under my arms= no scratching! And of course I couldn’t let that feather/tulle puff from the original dress go to waste…it became my hair piece!

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Again, sorry for the lack of cropping in these photos- for some reason when I import the photos into my blog they default back to the original photo. Anyone know how to fix this?

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The back can be tied like this….(don’t mind the bruise from a moutain biking crash- it would have been cropped out!)

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…or tied like this!

And here’s the same garment transformed into a skirt…

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A little bow at the back- hard to see with the lighting

Selfie of the hair piece (essentially just pinned into my hair- didn’t even finish the raw edges!)

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I’m confident that these sequins will see more than the inside of my closet now!!

BEFORE                                                                                  AFTER

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