How to sew sequin mesh to a top

Sequin mesh T-Shirt

I was so bitterly disappointed in the outcome of the metallic paint top DIY that I did a month ago. You may recall it in – this – post. Basically the metallic fabric paint didn’t withstand a cool, gentle wash. About 60% of the paint washed out. I followed the instructions and made sure I ironed it after it was fully dry so I don’t know what went wrong.

Worse than that, the other items in the wash all got covered in fine particles of glitter paint, including my husbands T-Shirts. Not a look he was hoping for.

I was determined to have a metallic top so I came up with Plan B. I bought a piece of sequin mesh fabric and used it to cover the horribly faded metallic paint on the front on my T-Shirt. And actually it looks far nicer. I wish I had tried this first but that’s how you learn. Here’s how I made this T-Shirt.

You need:

Cutting the front piece from your sequin mesh fabric

1 x T-shirt
chalk or old dried out bar of soap
sequin mesh big enough to fit the front of your T-Shirt
sewing machine and thread . . . or
a bit of patience and a hand sewing needle and thread

You do:

Lie the T-Shirt flat on the floor.
Using a ruler measure 3 centimetres in from the side, arm and neck seams and using soap or chalk mark where to cut.

Start cutting at the bottom left up toward the arms leaving 3 centimetres of T-Shirt behind.
Cut up the left side, around the arms, across the neckline and back down the other side.
Make sure you leave those 3 centimetres behind as you need to have something to attach your new piece of fabric on to.

The piece you have just cut from your T-Shirt is your pattern.
Pin the pattern piece you have cut from you T-Shirt onto your sequin mesh fabric.
Cut the new piece of fabric allowing about 6 centimetres all around.

Hem the new piece of fabric and them pin it to the front of your T-Shirt.
Either hand sew or machine sew it in place and you’re done.

I was worried about ironing the T-Shirt as the sequins are plasticky.
But using a piece of muslin and with a medium hot iron the hems were fine.

You can use just about any stretch fabric for your front insert.
Think animal prints, Breton stripes or neon colours.

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Sequins washed out of fabric

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Addendum. This sequin mesh does not launder well. See photo at right. I have to cut it out and re-do this DIY with another fabric that will hopefully hold up to laundering.