Way back in 2013, I started a sequin coat that defeated me for a while. It sat in a bag on my sewing room floor, occasionally casting disapproving looks my way. Then, several weeks ago, I decided to give it another try. When mulling over my technique, I decided that there might be a way to sew the sequins on using the machine. I took the foot off the machine and stitched the sequins on freeform. It took a while to get how to do it, and even when I got the hang of it, progress was slow, but I managed to get them all sewn on! After that, it was only a couple of weeks’ work to complete the coat.
The pattern I used came from the book “Simple Chic” by Machiko Kayaki. I wanted a loosely fitted menswear style coat, and it turned out pretty much like I predicted. The only complaint that I have about the pattern is there there’s a really skimpy overlap at the center front. Luckily, I left large seam allowances, so I took some seam allowance to make the underlap 3/8″ larger on the left side.
The fabric came from Mood (bought in 2012, so they probably don’t have any more of it), and the buttons came from the Etsy seller Lyanwood. The lining is a home dec silk from Pollack that I got at a warehouse sale. The sequins are from M&J, but you can get sequins like these pretty much anywhere.