Thank you, thank you, thank you guys for your thoughts on my petticoat design options. They were really helpful in helping me ponder out my dilemma. Having the options up on LJ has been helpful as well. I’ve looked at them frequently throughout the past few days. I pretty much came to the conclusion that I wasn’t really sold on either one. *rolls eyes* I know… hopeless, huh?
So I pulled any and all costuming books that *might* have a quilted petticoat in it off the shelves and began going through them systematically, something I had not done yet. This time I was smart and put little stickies on all the pages with quilted petticoats on them so I could reference them easier. I was pretty amazed at how many I was able to find in my home library. Revolution in Fashion has the most, interesting enough. Although I found lots of examples, I’ve discovered the tricky thing about pics of quilted petticoats is that you can rarely make out the pattern. The contrast of thread and fabric is low, on a mannequin there are always folds and frequently gowns are covering most of the petticoat anyway. Someone really needs to write a book about quilted petticoat, with lots of close-ups and scaled patterns!
In my squinting and frustration, I have noted a few things. The designs tend to be either very rounded or very spiky, you don’t really see round and spiky shapes in the same design. I also noticed there are two main techniques used to execute the design:
The first is the way modern quilts are done, where the design is more or less an outline. It’s occasionally filled in, but usually just left as an outline.
The second technique is a reverse of that, where the background is quilted in narrow lines of stitches and the design becomes the area that is not quilted. Sort of like voided needlework. It is horribly tempting to do a “voided quilt” design, but that would be at least 4 times more work and I was trying to go for simple. *sigh* It sure would be pretty though… *wink*
At the moment I am hunting for “feather” and leaf quilting motifs to play around with. I’ve found a few at Quiltmaker.com that I really like and want to fiddle with. I was hoping to have the petticoat to a starting point so I could take it on vacation with me, but that is not going to happen now. Just as well I suppose. I have several quilt signatures for the quilting fellowship to embroider. At least they are nice and small and will travel easily. Working on the plane without scissors should be interesting…