Minerva: Holiday Edition

Happy Holidays!


With the new year comes celebrations! For the holiday season I chose to use the Fringe Sequin Fabric in Jeans Blue. This fabric has 7 rows of repeating fringe and sequin stripes alternating from light (denim) blue to a dark navy. In between each row is mesh, so the fabric is sheer and slightly stretchy. I chose to make Butterick’s Patterns by Gertie #B6627, view A. A misses sheath dress with spaghetti straps and deep V neckline.


The dress features lots of darts, perfect to get that contour shape to your body. The bodice has vertical bust darts stemming from the waistline and the skirt has complimentary vertical darts to create one seamless line. Both the front and back feature these darts, as well as a lapped center back metal zipper, and vent at the center back hem.


While sequins and fringe may seem daunting to sew, the only difficult thing is the mess you need to clean up afterwards. To sew this fabric I chose a thicker needle 16 or 18L, and made sure to put in more pins that I normally would. I used my serger to finish the edges, and to ensure that the sequins would not irritate my skin I made the lining detached and kept all the edges on the inside, facing each other. The lining is only attached at the top along the neckline and at the bottom along the hem.


The tricky part is to match up the stripes along the side seams. To do this, I cut out my first fabric piece. Then I laid out my cut piece of fabric on the yardage and lined up the fringe. Then I pinned my next pattern piece to match.


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