Make a sparkly skirt that fits you perfectly!
This holiday season has me craving some sparkle and glitz, and it seemed like a little sequin skirt was just the thing. I feel like this is a winter staple kind of item that I just didn’t have in my closet, so it’s a great addition for me for occasions when my normal winter attire of a sweatshirt and joggers won’t cut it.
But as you can see, I didn’t lose the sweatshirt entirely. That’s why I love this skirt – it’s so sparkly and pretty on it’s own, it leaves me able to got with a very basic basic on top if I want to. So sweatshirt + necklace and I’m done.
And for days when it’s colder than the day I took pictures, I could also see this being amazing with tights and a fitted top – or for warmer days, with a graphic t-shirt and a jean jacket. So many options!
Want to make your own? You’ll need
- 1-2 yards of sequin fabric, depending on your size and the length of the skirt
- 1-2 yards of lining fabric. I used
I’ve got a video tutorial for how I made this skirt below, which you can also watch on YouTube here if you prefer.
To make this skirt, you need the darted skirt sloper and the knit skirt sloper that I show how to make in the video in this post.
To insert the invisible zipper, follow this tutorial.
Sequin fabric can be difficult to sew, so I’ve got my best tips on dealing with it for you below.
How to Sew Sequin Fabric – Tips and Tricks
- Use older scissors to cut, or be prepared to sharpen yours after the sequin project.
- If the sequins are bigger, remove them from the seam allowances. This can be done with scissors, a seam ripper, a razor blade, or whichever you find easiest.
- Smaller sequined fabric can often be sewn without removing the sequins. Test a scrap first.
- Choose a simple design – fewer seam lines are better.
- Don’t use a serger – it will kill your blade.
- Play with larger needles, heavier thread and a longer stitch length on your machine to see if those give you a better end result.
- If you want the item to look seamless, save whole sequins that fall off the cut edges and/or remove sequins from a scrap. Then hand sew these sequins over the seamlines to make them invisible. I didn’t take the time to do that with this skirt, but I would for a formal gown.