Diamonds - Dress - Part VI
Not exactly what I intended to blog, but . . . .
I really wanted to show you a new vintage pattern I bought off eBay, but the picture from the auction wasn't wonderful and didn't show the detail which attracted me in the first place. It should be here within a week, so I'll post it then.
At any rate, it's back to the lab for this dress.
My husband took the pictures above with the new camera. He was just playing around with it a little tonight, and came into the studio.
I did a few more experiments:
I was thinking about this quite a bit today, and still haven't reached a conclusion. I've been wondering if I really need to add sequins/beads/whatevers. I have quite a bit of an inner magpie, and although I'm not a frilly person, I do like sparkly things. Hence the top row, with just a row of sparkly stitching holding the whole thing together. Less is more?
For the next row, I'm back to attaching each square with something sparkly. I found some 10mm blue cup sequins in my stash. The only problem with them is that they were round. Not a problem a pair of scissors couldn't fix. I just trimmed them into squares. I just think it would be a bit odd to have an ensemble with the title "Diamonds" and have a round embellishment. I eliminated the twirling on the square by taking a few tiny stitches in the center of the square which would be hidden by the sequin. I made the sequin secure by making sure I didn't stitch back through the exact same place when I stitched back down through the sequin. No twirling at all.
I'm still undecided. I think the squares are too plain with just a row of stitching, but the sequins may be too much. Then again, it's not too much because this is the *only* embellishment on the whole dress besides the sash. I need to think about it some more. Meanwhile, I can still start cutting out the gown and getting the inner support layers sewn.
Today's parting shot, compliments of my husband:
I got my garments back from the show today, along with their ribbons. I initally reported that I won two ribbons, but ended up with three, which was a suprise when I opened the boxes. There's a category called "Viewer's Choice"; the people who view the show vote by ballot and the ballots are counted after the show closes. Little Red Empress won the Viewer's Choice.