A Not-So-Traditional Party Look!
Posted in Projects on Wednesday the 9th October 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
Hi everyone! I'm back again and this time in a sequin robe for the holidays.
I will be honest and say that I changed my mind several times before I decided on a robe. I could've made a gown or a party dress, but as much I love tradition, I also very much love going against the grain.
After all, everyone is probably making a party dress. So why not make a sequin outfit.
The sequin fabric
is a stretch mesh that is a bit translucent, which worked in my favor, since I was going for a "less than obvious" sexy look. The stretch in the fabric honestly worked in my favor for the draping that is involved in the robe pattern.
The sequin beads are large and oval shape in size, but this actually works in my favor with this design. There is a decent amount of space between each row of sequins and this allowed for an easier time as far as sewing.
I did use a denim needle to help pierce through the beads as I sewed the pieces together. I went slow as to avoid breaking the needle.
As I made the robe I went back and forth on the idea of adding trim and if that would look too bulky. That was not the case at all. More on that later.
I know you're dying to know which pattern I used. It's the Suki robe by Helen's Closet. I've seen over 1000 different variations. Short. Long. Mostly casual or in a loungewear format. I have not seen it as an evening wear or party look. So, I went for it. And at first I was nervous. I had no reference, only a sketch on a piece of loose leaf paper and a picture in my mind's eye.
The gamble paid off! And, what made it better? This was a relatively quick sew.
Yes, it's just a robe, but there are a lot of options to choose from with the pattern. I highly recommend reading the pattern directions beforehand to avoid a costly mistake or miss an opportunity to be creative.
I made a few modifications. I extended the front band all the way to the floor. I also did not use the loops, pockets or inside robe ties for this version. Because this is a bit see-thru I wanted to avoid fussier seams that could be visible with the naked eye.
I also took further consideration for how to handle sequins before, during and after making a garment. It has an unconventional nap. Just like corduroy or velvet, you have to cut it the same direction each time or it can change the direction of the pattern on your fabric.
Before cutting into sequins I always take a quick scan to see which direction the beads are flowing. I cut all of the pattern pieces with the beads facing downward for my robe. I also made sure to really focus on cutting mirror images of pattern pieces (I have a habit of messing up on that part). I sewed reinforcing stitches on the shoulder seams since that is a stress point due to the weight of the fabric.
I used lining fabric
for the arm and front bands. I followed the pattern instructions for this step but omitted the top stitching and opted for a steamed iron session instead. I made sure to cover the beads with a scrap piece of fabric to avoid melting the sequins. It worked perfectly.
For the bottom hem, I used fusible hem tape that melds with the fabric with the use of an iron. I normally do not finish my hems this way, but I wanted to avoid creating an obvious seam line at the bottom of my robe. The hem tape worked perfectly and should hold up nicely through normal wear and tear.
Overall, I could see myself wearing this beyond the holiday season. Or perhaps instead of a slip dress underneath, perhaps a nice pair of slacks and blouse too? The possibilities are endless.