Sequin Appliques

This post was written by Lindy Shopper.

June Christy in a sequin appliqued dress

I am a big fan of 1940’s dresses with sequin appliques, but re-creating this look has been almost impossible due to lack of resources for good, ready-made appliques. Most of the appliques I have seen in modern fabric stores tend to be either matronly or childish. It’s hard to place sequin appliques in context during my lifetime (Dallas? Golden Girls?), but people in the 1940’s did some beautiful things with appliques and used them liberally to create embellishment on beautiful dresses, which otherwise might appear plain.

In searching for silver stars for a headpiece, I came across Sequin Appliques, a website devoted to selling…well, sequin appliques. There are so many things here – styles, shapes, sizes, colors – my mind is racing as to what I might do with some of these appliques. The obvious thing would be to buy a plain dress from somewhere and gussy it up by tacking on an applique, on the lapel, bodice, or skirt. I could also see some interesting fascinators made from some of these pieces, or simply pin one in your hair. Maybe shoe clips…or sew them on to your sueded Keds. 🙂

Here are some of my favorites from the Sequin Appliques web site:

I WILL find a dress for this applique

Large butterfly applique

Classic bow applique

An elaborate monochromatic floral beaded applique

Silver beaded star with crystals

Playing card set

Beaded anchor - ahoy!

Floral motif

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One response to “Sequin Appliques

  1. That hummingbird belongs on a green crepe silk number like what Ms. Christy is wearing above! (Only, on you. And green.)

    I’m dying for a black crepe silk dress with pretty sequin applique details (probably a slight peplum, too). Perfect LBD!

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