Here it is, front and back:
Does this make my butt look big?
Just kidding! I suppose it does, but it does make the waist look smaller! Hindsight, (no pun intended!) the inset could have been a *bit* smaller.
Here's the front close-up, and the cricket, too:
Blouse button detail:
I do feel a bit sorry for anyone else who models this and has to do all those buttons! I do like the way they look, though.
Here's the jewelry make of blue glass pearls and crystal silver-lined beads:
My first thought when putting on the necklace was, "Hmm. Looks like I'm wearing a string of blueberries. I hope I don't get hungry at a show." I might redo the necklace at some point, but I do want to keep it simple. The jewelry needs to compliment the ensemble, not steal the show.
Last, but not least, a few random shots from the photo shoot. These are my favorites of the day, and I did put a few in black and white for fun. My daughter took these, while most of the ones above were taken by my son.
You know, most of the time, I am *so glad* to finish an ensemble. It really can be a consuming, grueling process and there are times I'd just like to be rid of certain projects. I don't feel that way somehow with MG. I'm actually a bit sad to see it end. I can't figure out why, though. I am looking forward to Forget Me Knot!
What did I learn with this ensemble?
- Keep working and reworking ideas until they become what you've envisioned.
- Something is just right when it makes me smile.
- Things that go wrong or get ruined are opportunities to make something better
- Always pay attention to even the smallest of comments from friends. I never would have gone back and done the extra quilting had it not been for a comment from VickiW (bet you didn't know that, Vicki!) nor would the crickets have become what they are if not for Anne Stevens.
Q/A: Carolyn wanted to know, "How do you store your finished "show" pieces? Do you store the accessories with the piece? And how many of these have you made?" Well, I have a "few" of these, just like you have a "few" pieces of fabric (well, maybe not as many as your pieces of fabric, Carolyn!). I store them in one end of my closet at the end of my studio, usually in garment bags. Not all the garments are in all the time - there's almost always something out at a show. (In fact, American Beauty and Waiting for Spring will be showing in the Road to California Show next week, Jan. 17-20 If you're in the Ontario, CA area, go check out the show.) All the accessories are stored on the shelf above, with the proper jewelry and gloves stored in the corresponding shoe box with the shoes. I do have extra vintage hats and gloves stored up there, too in the hat box and large black box.
Parting Shot: Back to the Winter Wonderland. There's my son, helping to shovel out the driveway ridge after the 6 to 8" of snow we got today.