Sequins of Doom

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Right after the fall shows in February, I fell in love with a Louis Vuitton coat that’s made with a menswear fabric and cut like a mans coat, but with ombre sparkle at the hem. Me being me, I decided to make something similar for myself. I had some fabric that would work, and a pattern, and procured some sequins. I started to sew them on. And sew. And sew. Now, I am not a person who demands instant gratification from every project, but eventual gratification somewhere on the horizon may be important to me. After a while, I put it aside. Then the fall fashion mags started coming in, and this coat is featured in every one of them that I’ve seen. Taunting me. So I took out the sequins again and got sewing. I’ve managed to finish embellishing the back piece. I’m giving myself a break now to keep despair from setting in, and I will start embellishing the front at some point. Maybe it will be done by spring.

Oh, and it looks like the original has the couture equivalent of glued-on glitter rather than sequins.

the coat will be long.

the coat will be long.


photo of a photo in September Vogue of Jennifer Lawrence wearing the Vuitton coat

photo of a photo in September Vogue of Jennifer Lawrence wearing the Vuitton coat

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15 Comments

  1. Posted September 3, 2013 at 2:58 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow! What a job! I admire you! The coat will be amazing!

  2. Shams
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 3:57 am | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine, that is going to be stunning. I am impressed by your perseverance!

  3. kjn09705
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 6:09 am | Permalink | Reply

    Your coat is going to be fabulous! Are you sewing on individual sequins, or are they strung?

    • Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:12 am | Permalink | Reply

      I’m sewing them individually. I tried a few different ways, and this was the only one I liked.

      • kjn09705
        Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:38 am | Permalink

        Wow! That is a lot of work and I can well believe that it can become tedious. But your coat will be a truly one-of-a-kind treasure.

  4. Posted September 3, 2013 at 6:54 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow is right! I’m kind of hoping that sequins don’t become the next big trend in menswear. I’d be at the optometrist all the time. šŸ™‚

  5. Posted September 3, 2013 at 7:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    You’ve always impressed me with your tendency to details that require a lot of handwork. I’m looking forward to seeing this one done, as I believe it will look amazing.

  6. Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink | Reply

    *snort* Glued-on glitter? Who’da thought. Yup. Sequins can lead to despair, but keep on, Claudine! This will be a showstopper of a coat, and if it takes a few (hundred) bottles of wine to keep sane until the finish line, well, you’ll be a source of envy to many! Cheering you on!

    • Posted September 3, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I’m with Tia Dia: wine as needed to get you thru! It will be wonderful when you are done!

  7. akismet-21b053fec805c8711a1f608da8cdd26a
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:42 am | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve often wondered about the sanity of bead/sequin workers. I would think they were prone to going postal at any moment. You are amazing. That coat will be amazing. I can’t imagine the (wo)man-hours that are going into this garment.

    Elizabeth
    http://www.sewnblog.com

  8. Nancy Karpen
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    It’s going to be gorgeous, certainly something that you can wear for years.

  9. Posted September 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm | Permalink | Reply

    You are definitely creating an heirloom there. I hope your descendants are worthy of it!

  10. Posted September 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Definitely going to be a labor of love garment! I look forward to seeing the finished project!

  11. Posted September 4, 2013 at 12:30 am | Permalink | Reply

    Oh man, I would totally give up. Good luck to you!

  12. Posted September 4, 2013 at 1:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    It will be beautiful and unique. What a marathon!

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