I fell in love with this sequined fabric from Tessuti. It was always going to need a simple pattern. I perused many jacket patterns and finally decided on Tessutis Tokyo jacket. I’m hoping it will go with my Gabriola skirt, currently under construction.
It’s the first time I’ve downloaded a pdf pattern. Can’t say I was enamored with sticking 30+ A4 sheets of paper together. One inaccuracy can easily multiply to a large discrepency. I managed in the end and I did like the immediacy and easy access of finding the right pattern and in a few clicks it’s yours.
Cutting the fabric was a challenge. There were sequins everywhere. It reminded me of scaling barramundi, not as smelly perhaps, but scales/sequins everywhere, best attempted in the backyard. I’m not sure it did my scissors any good. Will have to get them sharpened now, for sure.
I didn’t have enough material to make the three quarter length sleeves, but I didn’t mind for this. I eliminated the back seam to reduce the number of seams. I used a super sharp Schmetz Microtex needle and amazingly only broke one during the whole construction. I also didn’t include pockets or the bands. I finished sleeves with extra wide bias. It looked ok but I ran out and couldn’t get anymore locally. Ever impatient, I got some satin bias to finish the other edges. I decided it was a much better finish, not as heavy and distorting on the very light sequined fabric as the poly-cotton bias. I think it also suits the shininess of the sequins better than the gingham look bias. I replaced the bias on the sleeves so all the edges are finished in the same way.
In the end I’m pretty happy with the result. I will definitely make the Tokyo jacket again. Next time in a simpler material and with the bands and pockets. I was flying blind sewing with sequins, as I was here with my wedding dress. Does anyone have any tips for sewing sequined fabric? I found it hard work, but I do like the look.