I have a confession to make. I have been keeping secrets. I've been working on my "non-gala" dress behind the scenes but now that I've started it in earnest I'm ready to share the fun!
I'm making a gown based on the purple gown above from Kyoto out of the $5 silk I got in LA. As ueal this project started with the fabric. I should probably call this the Pearl Dress, but really I think of it as the Queen Dress since Sally Queen spotted the fabric for me.
The embellishment will be done worked in pearls (inspired by the Queen Charlotte gown & the Regency court gown) and those tiny gold and silver sequins I love so much. I'd love to do glass pearls of course but I think that will be cost prohibitive. Also a little heavy for the silk. I may accent with some glass, sprinkled here and there but other than that plastic will have to do.
Originally I wanted a neoclassical design but after consulting with Bridget we decided I was silly to try and make this so hard and that I should just use the pattern from the court train. It's about the right date, it's already done in pearls and it's lovely. I feel like I'm cheating somehow, not coming up with an original design but B told me to just suck it up and go with the flow. So I am.
...And the tests. I was mostly playing with how I want to use the different sizes of pearls and what should be sequins and what pearls. The tambour frame is going to make this project so much easier - yay!
I'm really pleased as punch with this - so pretty! I'm still a little hesitant on the sequin leaves but Bridget assures me it's elegant sparkle not Vegas glitz. It's hard to tell but I think the correct fabric (top of picture) will help tone it down a bit. It's much more subtle on the silk.
I'm going to put the lace below the pattern, like in the pic, as the base of a bottom border. I am so itching to use my LA lace! I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to do there but I'm thinking a ziz-zag of some sort. Or I may just sprinkle pearls and sequins over the area. I don't want to waste my lace though so I'll do my testing on the actual thing.
So next step is to wash the silk and see if I like it stiff or soft. The pattern is all traced out from my new S&S pattern so I need to cut out a toile and go from there. I'm going to make up the dress and then embellish. I can't wait! :>
Oh and the diary for this project is up on my website now if you want to read all teh nitty gritty. The above is a re-cap. :>