Thursday, February 18, 2010

Sequins are a Labor of love

Today, I finally finished the long term project that I've been working on for AGES. Literally, for ages. I have successfully sequined the sleeves of a t-shirt that I bought from Old Navy. One arm is slightly tighter than the other arm, but it's not a big deal to me really. It's not really uncomfortable, but it's different becuase the sleeves aren't really movable. You know? The sequins overlap like scales and I designed it to be like a fish caught in a fishnet. At first I wanted to do like this rainbow thing, but that would require that I actually sort out all the sequins into thier respective colors, and just no. Absolutely not. I am planning on wearing this in the summer with a pair of skinny jeans. What do you guys think? Is it too ostentatious? Too flashy? Or do you like it. Leave your comments below! I do apologize for my dirty and disgusting mirror. I didn't even realize all the fingerprints until I took the pictures!



I just sewed the sequins on with plain black thread and then interlinked them by layering the sequins. To do that, follow these instructions. First, push the needle through the sequin hole, then push the needle through the fabric next to the sequin edge. Pull it back up through the fabric and add another sequin. Now, take your needle and push it back through the original sequin hole. Now, push your needle through the fabric so it comes out at the edge of the second sequin. I will post pictures to help.

Toodles

8 comments:

Beauty Snap said...

Very cool! I am so happy you finally finished it! ;)

BLIX said...

Holy moly! Looks great! It's a nice touch of sparkle. It is bad enough sewing a whole outfit but to sew sequins on?! Sucks! So glad you got it done though. My outfit is completed too and I'll wear it in a week for my Bday night out. :-) So glad that's over as well...it's very rewarding but oh so time consuming. Mine is a tribal fusion belly dance costume so it's very...um...flashy...the silver metallic designs left shimmery stuff all over my hands. I thought I had makeup on them but realized I always wash my hands before handling fabric...so I'll leave a sparkly trail wherever I go. Hee hee.
Do you sew often?

Y said...

@ Beauty Snap: I'm very glad I finally finished it too!

@ Blix: Well, I find that a lot of fabric with glittery stuff or shimmery stuff usually have a lot of fallout. And to your question, yes, I do sew alot! I taught myself how to sew when I was like... 6 and I got my first sewing machine at age... 12!

Lara said...

Wow! It looks great!! Congrats :)

Dana Yoshimizu said...

OMG, I mean OH MY GOSH! I cannot believe that you did them all by yourself!! I'm sure it took you FOREVER. If you don't mind me asking, how long exactly did it take you? I can never imagine having the patience to be able to do that. lol
It looks great though, just amazing ~! :)

Y said...

@ Lara- Thanks so much!

@ Dana- It took me approximately 1 week working on it for... a couple hours a day? Thanks so much! I was so happy when i finally finished it!

Heather / Eyeconic said...

Oh my gosh, I can't believe you did that yourself! I am 17 and I still don't know how to sew anything at all. It looks super cute, I'm very impressed lol

Y said...

@Heather- Thanks so much! Sewing does take practice!