Diamonds - Dress - Part V
More embellishment isn't always better.
I've done a few more experiments on the Diamonds bodice, and although I'm getting closer to making this all work correctly, the muslin is getting uglier! Take a look:
Thank you to everyone for your input on the chiffon squares. I came to the same conclusions/concerns you did. First, the smaller squares look better. Second, the method of attaching might cause a flopping issue.
Let's address the size first. If you look closely at the new pictures, you'll notice I actually have two sizes of smaller squares on the bodice. At the top, I have the 1 1/2" squares and after about four squares, they get a bit bigger at 1 3/4". I didn't try 1 3/4" originally and if I hadn't, I 'd always be wondering if that was the perfect size. Hence, cutting another size. I think graduating the squares in 1/4" increments is the right answer. For the large attached sash, I'll start with the 1 3/4" squares and then gradually increase the size of the squares by 1/4" for each increase.
Now, let's address the real issue I worked on with today's experiements: the attachment method. This row of squares is attached with a bead/sequin combo only:
I see *at least* two problems. First, the squares tend to rotate which ever directions they feel like and don't stay lined up neatly. Notice the one with the gold center is now a square, not a diamond. Second, as is obvious with the second picture, there's some major flopping.
The next picture shows the next row of squares with another style of attachment. These squares are attached with a row of stitching. This is the method that is in the instructions of the Threads article.
This method works nicely. The squares stay in place and while there is some flopping, it's supposed to be that way for a little movement! I'll color match the thread to the blue - the only question now is, do I do a matte thread or a sparkly thread? I think it's going to be a matte one, because I really want the sparkle to come from the beads/sequins/whatevers. Speaking of which, I think this size of sequins are too small, so I'll need to hunt something larger down.
One more thing, those blue squares are the real chiffon fabric. I just took a small corner for testing purposes.
Parting shot: I found a picture of the cream/pink suit. It's pretty bad, but there's another small one of me in the same suit. It's 1989, and I'm 17 in these pictures.
Tomorrow I'll either work on Diamonds or another project, which I should introduce to you: Waiting for Spring.