I received the Allover Fluerons Embroidered Sequin Fabric in Navy! It was quite a heavy package and Stylish Fabric did a great job at double packaging the fabric to protect it in transit. As I opened and laid the fabric out, each sequin beautifully sparked with every ray of light that gleamed in the room. It was definitely of great quality as the sequin does not separate from the mesh without a fight. The lining I used was Stylish Fabric’s Stretch Interlock fabric #13100 in Navy.
I had no doubts of making a gown out of this fabric. I wanted to put a twist on a classic ball gown with an interesting bodice. Therefore, I quickly illustrated a gown with 5 straps – with one strap becoming a choker.
With the model of this design, Natasha, in mind, I draped the lining on a dress form. I usually like a mix between patterning and draping, but for time purposes, I stuck to draping with the lining and sequin mesh. After breaking two needles on the sewing machine, I decided to begin hand-stitching each strap to its lining. I knew I wanted a train, but didn’t want to overdo it. The idea soon evolved into an overskirt. I did not use a sewing machine for any part of the skirt (except for the skirt lining). Carefully hand-sewing the skirt to the bodice, I was able to control certain areas in where I wanted more volume. There are two closure areas of the overall gown – the neck and an invisible zipper in center back.
Review: This design was incredibly heavy as so many yardage went into it, but the end result was worth it. It was a very messy process as the sequins fell out while cutting. Other than that, the sequins, as said earlier, stays on very well. The interlock lining had a good amount of stretch and I do recommend it as a lining for knits – although I did make this work for a mesh. As for the Fluerons Sequin, I definitely recommend it as it is beautiful and can no wait to see what else others will make out of this!
Reveal: (Natasha Final & Natasha Video)