Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: Vogue 8961 | Holiday Glam in Black and Silver Abstract Sequins!

Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
'Tis the season to be sparkling!  What's the holiday season with sparkle and shine?  I'll tell you:  dull!  Don't be dull, add some sequins to your holiday (and beyond) wardrobe. 
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
My latest addition was inspired by this gorgeous black and silver abstract baby sequins fabric from Mood Fabrics.
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
When I fell head over heels in love with this fabric, I knew I needed a simple design that would let this fabric shine (pun intended) and let it be the star.  I needed a design that has a limited amount of seams, darts, pleats, pockets and set-in sleeves.  This dress is a blouson-style with an overall looser fit.  It was perfect since this fabric is non-stretch and should be treated like a woven.
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
I decided to cut this fabric cross grain.  I liked the way the pattern on the fabric fell when lying that way.  When cutting sequin fabric, I would recommend cutting on a single layer and using a rotary cutter.  I say a rotary cutter because the blades are disposable and can easily be replaced with a fresh one.  If you cut with scissors, my suggestion would be to use a pair that are not used to cut fabric. 
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
This ridiculously easy pattern (Vogue 8961) was a breeze to sew.    I made it straight out of the envelope with very few alterations or modifications.  I only added about three inches to the skirt.  My recommendation while sewing sequins is to use new and sharp needles.  
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
My favorite part are the sleeves.  I love that they are elasticized and ruched.  
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!
And since I cut the fabric on the cross grain, I was able to just trim around the mesh in the selvage area and use the print design instead of worrying about hemming. 
Erica B.'s DIY Style - Vogue 8961 | Sequin Holiday Glam!

And while pressing, always press on the wrong side using your pressing cloth.  Because steam and moisture could damaged the sequins.

60 comments:

  1. The dress is STUNNING! I see why you fell in love this fabric. I love how this dress looks on you!

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  2. OMG! This dress is gorgeous on you and that fabric is stunning, just wow!

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  3. Sensational. A real show-stopper!

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  4. Beautiful! Did you line this?

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    1. Thanks Angela, I didn't.

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  5. Beyond stunning! This is the type of dress that puts the entire room on pause upon your entrance!

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  6. OMG, so glamorous! LOVE!!

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  7. I love the way you did the hem. What a great detail.

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  8. Why is it that your dresses always look so much better than the ones on the site? This is absolutely stunning. I'm not much for shiny, but this makes me want one!

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  9. Fabulous dress and I love the way you did the hem. Great job.

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  10. I like the "leafy" hem treatment - great look.

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  11. Great dress, great attitude, I love the background for your photoshoot, looks very arty!

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    1. Thanks Design Closeup!

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  12. Very beautiful Erica, the details at the bottom are all that and very creative.

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  13. Thank you for the sewing details! I like the hem treatment; it's very fun. I think you absolutely made the right choice of pattern for the fabric. This is a great going out to a party dress.

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  14. This is one hawt dress! I especially love the hemline what a way to use the fabric to perfect advantage!

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  16. Love it and the hemming treatment adds extra interest to the dress.

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  17. Stunning! And thank you for the helpful tips working with sequins.

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    1. Thanks Remembering Oz and you're welcome!

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  18. Wow, I love the way the print really pops out at the hem!

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  19. Nice! You ADDED 3 inches?

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    1. I did! I added an inch at the waist and 2 at the hem. It's truly a tunic! Thanks Kelly!

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  20. Great holiday dress! You look fabulous as always!

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  21. Absolutely gorgeous dress! I appreciate how you demponstrated to use a simple pattern to showcase great fabric, love, love the hemline of the dress. Your hair is beautiful as well!

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  22. This is fabulous!

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  23. Simply lovely Erica!

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  24. Love this look!!!! Great fabric and I like how the hemline looks.

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  25. You look HAWT Chick! I'm scared of you (wink)! LOVE this look! That print/color iw superb. Do your thang Lady!!!! You look fabulous!!!!!

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  26. Alright Ms. Model!!! Beautiful holiday look!!

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  27. It is stunning. You look fantastic.

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  28. If you don't mind my asking... on the previous posting you mentioned being 5'9" - is that without heels? And then you wear heels? I'm asking because I am exactly that height with bare feet, and I've always felt a bit awkward wearing heels, I supposed because hubby is my height (perhaps a half inch shorter?) so heels accentuate that issue. I didn't know if that was a problem you face, or your hubby is 6' 2" LOL!

    You comment about the midi needing to be worn with heels just struck me.... since I have always tended to not wear them much at all. Perhaps a good thing.. I tried on 5" heels just for laughs and about broke my ankle!

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    1. I've been this height since I was around 13 or 14 years old. And I've been wearing heels for that long too. And yes... that's 5'9.75" barefoot. And no, my husband is not 6'2". His height has no bearing on my heel wearing. I'm confident and he's secure!

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  29. Erica you look stunning. Perfect fun party dress. Can I ask did you remove sequins from seam allowances or just stitch straight over them? Love the photos too!

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  30. No ma'am. Ain't nobody got time for that! These are BABY sequins. I'd still be trying to remove those things! Thanks sewmanju

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    1. How interesting... I assumed that since you didn't line it that you had removed the sequins from the seam allowance. I tell you, never a day goes by that I don't learn things!

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    2. Angela, I'm too lazy for that. I've sewn sequined and beaded fabric and I've never felt the need to remove the ones in the seam allowance. If I break a needle, I replace it and keep going.

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