Sequin Somerfield

Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins

I’m not very creative when it comes to sewing garments so I’m a stranger to the hashtag #sewfrosting. I don’t have a tendency to hack patterns or deliberately do anything left field because I want my clothes to be wearable and practical. BUT, I first saw this sequin watermelon fabric on a sewist at Perth Frocktails maybe two years ago?! (god forbid I forgot her name because I’ve had a few drinks, LOL!). When I saw it at Spotlight one day, I bought some without a clear idea of what I’ll make with it. Like many other fun fabrics that I acquired over the years, it’s been sitting in my stash comfortably. Until one day I woke up with a vision of a sequin light jacket and this rare #sewfrosting project began.

Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins

I used the Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat pattern for it. Of course, I didn’t think I would make it out of sequins when I purchased the pattern 😂. Logic would suggest that I should go with the flat front view, but I picked view C with princess seam panels and pockets. To be fair, the fabric isn’t all-over sequins, so that’s not the most unwise sewing decision I’ve made. I picked a black crisp cotton I got from Potter and Co as the underlining. It’s probably not the best choice because it’s on the crisp and structured side, but I want to shop my stash and not automatically buy more fabrics (cough).

The process of hand basting the underlining to the sheer sequin fabric took a while, but I got there by doing one or two pieces in front of the TV at night. Originally I was going to remove all the sequins in the seam allowances but gave up, it took ages to just do the sleeves. I just used the strongest needle and didn’t break anything! I removed the sequins in the seam allowances for the raw edges that needed overlocking after I sewed the seams together and that wasn’t too painful.

Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins

The pattern is so well-drafted. I made a straight size A based on the finished measurements and didn’t make any adjustments. I can move my arms freely, which is the main thing (told you, I’m practical!). It’s such a timeless style! I’ll definitely make an everyday version with the flutter sleeves next time, perhaps in linen or silk.

I love how it turned out, it’s super fun to wear and not too over the top. I think it’s good for Halloween, Christmas, or any occasions, really! Here I’m wearing it with an RTW high neck black tee and mini skirt and just let the sequin watermelons shine!

Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins

Will I sew with sequins again? Probably not! It’s not the sewing process, but the aftermath. I have sequins in the bath, dog beds, dining chairs, bra, everywhere! Even days after I finished the coat. I have decided that it’s one of those things that I will buy instead. 😅

Elbe Textiles Somerfield Coat in watermelon sequins

 

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