Having slept on it for two days, I’ve decided that I like the three-leaf cluster at the shoulder and the one leaf falling. Â I’m going to stick with it, and spend at least part of today playing around with surface design to make the leaves more interesting.
Here is what I have chosen for colors and sizes (the orange leaf is actually darker, about the orange of the light panel at the waistline – the camera flash washed it out):
Color-wise, the three leaves at top are drawn from the rest of the piece, specifically: light panel at waist, dark panel at shoulder, and dark panel at hip. Â This helps draw the piece together. Â The falling leaf is one of the only colors that hasn’t been used in the three-leaf cluster, the plum from the dark panel at waistline. Â Again, it echoes the dark panel and helps draw the piece together.
I like the shapes of the leaves in the cluster; the single falling leaf will be a different fabric and a different shape. Â Most likely either peau de soie, silk duppioni, or either of those covered with a scrunch-dyed silk chiffon. Â I’m deliberately choosing stiffer fabrics that will hold their shape; I want them to stand up from the fabric slightly, given a little bit of three-dimensionality without attracting so much attention as to dominate.
I am still debating the color of the embroidery swirls (not shown in photo). Â I need them to be visible from 20 feet (because it is a runway garment) but I also don’t want to make them heavy-looking; they need to look like wind blowing. Â I am thinking of adding a little gold paint and/or metallic gold embroidery to the leaves; perhaps I’ll use one strand of orange embroidery floss and either a transparent or a gold sparkle thread for the swirls. Â The sparkle thread will add interest close up, the embroidery floss will be visible from a distance. Â I need to test various threads, leaves, etc. before deciding.