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Whether you’re going out on the town or celebrating at home, make a statement and ring in the New Year wearing something luxurious or sparkly … or both!

Sequins, velvet and lace are go-to choices for fancy dresses and evening wear. Pick your favourite pattern and fabric and sew yourself something spectacular just in time to shout HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Sequins

Tips For Sewing Sequins

Pick a simple pattern with as few seams as possible.

Identify the “nap” or the direction of the sequins and cut all pieces in the same direction. Cut your pattern pieces from the wrong side, and from a single layer of fabric.

For best results, remove any sequins from the seam allowance by hand before sewing pieces together; particularly if they are large and stiff. You may need to hand sew ‘extra’ sequins along the seam afterwards to cover any blank areas.

Use a needle that’s thin and sharp and keep plenty of extras on hand. A thicker or dull needle can get stuck in the sequins when sewing.

Don’t iron, but do press. Very low heat (remember sequins may melt at high heat), press from the wrong side of your fabric and use a presser cloth (such as a scrap piece of cotton) to protect your sequins. Remember to test on a scrap piece beforehand.

Sequined fabric should always be lined to avoid skin irritation.

Velvet

Tips For Sewing Velvet

Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer. Lay your fabric nap side down and place your pattern pieces on the back to minimize slipping and use a lot of pins.

You want to make sure your pattern pieces are secure and won’t shift when sewing. Again, use a lot of pins or hand baste in place before sewing.

Use only the sew-in type of interfacing if needed.

To press use a towel or scrap fabric to protect the right side of your fabric while you steam the wrong side. Hover with the iron rather than apply any pressure so the velvet isn’t crushed.

Lace

Tips For Sewing Lace

Check your lace fabric for any obvious right and wrong sides. Pay attention to the design elements of your lace and place the pattern pieces to take advantage of the design rather than trying to cut the lace straight across. Cut all patterns pieces in a single layer.

If pins don’t hold the lace pieces together, try small binder clips. Another option would be tailor tacks or a loose basting stitch which can be removed afterwards.

Use a narrow zig zag stitch for the seams. Use a strip of skin coloured fabric to bind the trimmed seam allowance; it will then be almost unnoticeable against your skin. Alternatively, use a French seam.

Soft and luxurious faux fur is ideal for vests, coats, fashion accessories, cozy blankets, crafts and more and comes in so many styles.

Rich and glamorous…

Sophisticated black, white and grey…

And fun and casual. Something for everyone.

Winter chic scarves are easy-to-make when paired with elegant brocade backings. With so much choice, last minutes gifts are easy for everyone on your list.

Get the instructions by here.

Fancy Faux Fur Scarves

Item #3271888000R Quentin Luxury Faux Fur | pile: 100% modacrylic back: 100% polyester | 150cm

Item #3289404000R, 3289400000D, 3289403000D Bouffant Brocades | 100% polyester | 150cm

‘Tis the time of year to start thinking about festive decor. The table tends to be the heart of the home whether for a family dinner or a holiday party. Pick your favourite craft prints and dress it up with a made-by-you Quilted Table Runner.

Download printable instructions here.

It’s the season for velvet! Burnout, sparkle, crushed and so much more are luxurious choices for this pretty DIY Fringed Scarf.  Pick all your favourites of this trendy fabric and make fancy gifts for someone special…like yourself!

Featured items:

  • 5109006 Chainette Fringe
  • 3136400 Burnout Velvet
  • 3387500 Crushed Velvet
  • 3387158 Solid Velvet

Download printable instructions here.