|new dress, for Candlemas 2016|
In an awesome turn of events, when I tried the dress on a couple of weeks ago, before starting this project, it fit me perfectly! Yay! No re-sizing necessary!
Here's What Changed:
1. I removed all of the gold metallic embroidery and beading, steamed out the impressions left by the decoration and brushed up the fabric's nap with a soft brush to smooth it back out.
2. The original front lacing placket was removed and replaced with buttons.
3. I unstitched the neckline edges and flattened them out, then re-shaped the neckline at the bust.
4. The neckline was a wee bit deeper in the front than I wanted before, so I added a 1/2" edge binding in a linen the same color as the velveteen.
5. A twisted, blue, cotton, embroidery floss was couched in along the join between he body fabric and the edge binding.
6. I removed the green sleeve linings were removed and replaced with a blue washed-silk fabric from stash.
7. Finally, I put smaller buttons onto the sleeves. The size and design don't match the front buttons, but the metallic tones of both styles look great together, and I like having smaller buttons on the sleeves, anyway - less banging my arms on feast tables.
|The dress in 2012, made from a pair of |
cotton velveteen curtains purchased at Ikea
|Buttons and edge binding on new dress|
One Last Thing
I tried out an embossing technique that I'd seen online - there are many tutorials on YouTube and on various blogs out there, this is one. Basically, you wet the fabric with a spray bottle, place a rubber or foam stamp underneath it, and use a hot iron (without steam) to dry the fabric against the pattern of the stamp. I thought it would be nifty to have a band across the lower hem, and one at the hips - similar to the decorative bands in this image from Les Belle Heures du Duc du Berry. At first, it looked fantastic:
After a day or two, though, the embossed design simply disappeared from the fabric. I tried it a few different ways (wetting the fabric on the inside, the outside, different iron settings, using starch, not using starch), but no matter what I did, the pressed pattern simply would not stay where i put it - after hanging for a couple of days, it just vanished. Oh, well. It was a neat idea.
Okay, Two Last Things
I thought I might "reupholster" my old red ear cauls for this outfit, as well, before I remembered that one had gotten badly crushed at war last year, and I'd thrown the pair out and resolved to make a new set when I needed one.
Instead, since I felt like trying out something new, and didn't want to spend the time on making a new set of cauls, I decided to try my hand at making a bourrelet, or padded roll headpiece, instead - which, of course, ended up taking more time than a new set of cauls would have. Whatever. :)
Cotton/poly damask scraps from stash, over-embroidered along the fabric's design, with (plastic?) silver trim, plastic pearl beads, and a glass "ruby" and plastic pearl drop in the front. There's a wire inside from an old Halloween witch's hat, and it's stuffed with the contents of an old bed pillow that had gone flat. I love recycling old stuff!
I may or may not end up doing some more embroidery on it. The more I look at it, the less finished it actually looks. Then again, 90% of it will be under a veil. I'm not sure yet.
I'll have pics of the finished outfit, with jewelry, veils, and other accessories, after Candlemas.