Bluebird of Happiness - Coat - Part X
Some More Collar Thoughts and a Mock-Up
Thank you all for your thoughts on the collar! Many of you did like the feathers in some capacity. I probably willl be doing feathers, but I'm just not sure exactly how yet. [Vicki W - I already have some ideas that are along what you suggested, just wait till you see what I have in mind. ] What better way to eliminate some ideas than by doing a few mock-ups? First, let's look at the pattern bag, with the luxurious fur collar (which LindsayT loves, and so do I, if I were just making the coat to make the coat - wouldn't a red coat with a snow white fur collar be gorgeous, along with white long gloves? Yeah, alright, back to reality.):
Yes, the collar is that large, it is not one of the pattern envelope illustrator exaggerations. Check it out on the dress form, although this is a slightly bigger than final form because I haven't trimmed it yet. As a side note, this is really the undercollar, as I wasn't sure what the real collar would be made of at the time, so I only quilted the one piece.
I went to Joann's and picked up a couple of cheap feather boas to play around with and see if I really was going to be able to make the feathers work. First, we have the maribou boa, I would stitch it down in rows, and cover the collar completely. This would be lux, and sort of like fur.
Second, we have a chandelle feather boa, draped in the same way:
Now to compare them side by side:
The chandelle boa seems to be a bit much. I think the coat would wear me instead of me wearing it. It would work better by itself - if there were no other decoration on the coat except for the collar. The maribou is a better, it is still soft and fluffy, and shouldn't compete too badly with the other elements. I know I can order a much thicker and better quality than what I found at Joann's, so I think I could pull that off without too much trouble.
At this point, I'm still not 100% set on what to do. I think I will need to keep thinking about it and once the coat is assembled, see what the various options are. Seeing the whole picture will really help.
Parting Shot: Chocolate Moose. The Chocolate Moose is a custom chocolate shop in the city where my husband works. Every once in a while, he'll pick me up some chocolates. There are some giant truffles to share and some chocolate covered coconut squares in the box.