Wednesday, November 13, 2013

B--b On The Wall

Yesterday, I finished adding the French knots and played with ideas for the button placket while avoiding any permanent cutting because I had a headache all day and wasn't thinking completely straight but straight enough to know that a headache plus cutting equals potential disaster.




LOVED this b--b on the wall. What fun that we can take a flat, two dimensional piece of fabric and manipulate it to fit smoothly over a three dimensional form. YES YES.




Above and below, the side seams are sewn and pressed, the shoulder seams are pinned, and the sleeves are tacked in place to get an idea of how the fabrics work together and the overall look of the skinny green lines. I was auditioning the polka dot for the waist band and deciding what more to do with the lines because they...




... appear darker here than in person which is why I decided to add more points of interest with buttons and beads. I started by laying out the buttons in pleasing and balanced proportions and then...




... placed bugle beads where I wanted them and marked the position with pins and then stitched the beads in place. They add an extra energy to the piece - I think - LOL.




With the layout, I kept in mind - especially on the front - where the embellishment would lie on the body to hopefully avoid an oops.




The beads and buttons weren't enough so I sampled small and medium seed beads and didn't like the way they stuck out from the fabric so I scattered French knots to further balance the layout and create more points of interest. Above is the back and below ...




... is the front. I kept folding the fabric back to center front to make sure the embellishments didn't stray into areas that would be cut off. Today, I'll work on the center front button placket. I'm pretty sure I know what I want having thought about it for most of yesterday and hopefully it turns out the way I'm anticipating. It's meant to both blend and stand out which can be kind of tricky. We'll see how it goes.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - the cautionary benefits of pain

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful work. I love your creativity!

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  2. I love the green lines...very pretty!

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    1. And they wiggle and squiggle and look like they're having fun. I like that.

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  3. This is coming together beautifully! Elle

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    1. Thank you. I'm pleased with how it's developing but more pleased with how much I'm enjoying bringing it together. I'm not actually sure it's going to fit me. The bodice - yes. The skirt maybe not so. It may become someone else's when I'm done.

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  4. This is very cool and fun looking. I love watching it come together. I feel conflicted though....I want to see the end product, but am enjoying the ride so much I don't want the destination to come too soon!

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    1. LOL - no worries. I don't think the destination is going to arrive too soon - hopefully this week. I'm a bit stalled with the button placket today but hoping it'll be finished for tomorrow or we might need a filler posting.

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  5. What a beautiful work of art! I especially love the lime green topstitching on the bodice front. And the bugle beads. Looking forward to seeing the completed piece.

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  6. I'm home with a migraine today - the worst is over, it's down to a dull roar (I've not been sleeping well the past few weeks, I think my body finally rebelled and threw a migraine - I see my GP Friday to find out what's up with the not sleeping). The bodice looks great. I love the curvy lines, looks like you found a way to incorporate the curvy line you had talked about in your post from Sept 27th. I look forward to seeing the finished garment!

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    1. Hope you feel better soon Pearl. It's not a good idea to wait until you hit the wall. Take care of yourself please.

      I like the bodice too. The curvy line down the front series is really playing in my mind. I've evolved it to a line and ways to create and put back together a line. It's all mental so far - and a few notes - but it is coming along and will definitely be a project I do some time soon. I have a list of other things to finish first...

      ... including that scarf. I checked on the wool when I was downtown and they don't have the same dye lot. The one they have is much greener, not as nice so I didn't even ask about shipping. I figured you'd prefer to see what you were getting closer to home.

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