Remember me? Â Last seen throwing up hands in despair and turning to work on the lining?
Well, I’m still in a state of moderate despair, but at least I’ve figured out some of the things that were bugging me:
- Applique fabric too “busy”. Â I was using the same fabric as the body of the garment, for convenience, but it really needs to be a bit plainer, or at least different from the body fabric. Â It just looks funny.
- Applique fabric Â too heavy. Â Leaves are light and airy.
- Too many leaves – they compete with the curve and add heaviness to the design.
I’m still playing around and percolating – this weekend I plan to dye bits of many different fabrics (chiffon, organza, china silk, charmeuse) and layer, paint, silkscreen, etc. the bits until I arrive at a format I like. Â I may also play around a bit with polymer clay, though that is a bit less likely.
I have also been hard at work on the lining. Â I have thread-traced nearly all the pattern pieces, and am preparing to baste and sew. Â My goal is to get the lining mostly in before going up to see Sharon on Saturday afternoon. Â That is a tall order, but as I’m taking this afternoon off work, that should give me time to get a good stab at it.
The house offer fell through; Â the bank had eight offers and invited us to give our “highest and best” offer (i.e. more money). Â We weren’t willing to increase our offer and felt it was likely that someone else would bid higher, plus we weren’t comfortable with some of the contingencies, so we’re dropping out. Â A lot of stress and hurry for nothing! but, there will be other houses, and we’ll find something eventually.
Finally, because every blog post should have a pretty picture, here is one of the ideas I’ve been percolating: a cluster of three leaves at the shoulder, with one leaf drifting down. Â The colored swirls indicate where I’m thinking of using some embroidery to suggest movement.
I’m not wedded to this design either, but I like it better than the others so far.
Of course, in the end, I may just throw up my hands completely and send in the garment without any further embellishment. Â I don’t think that would be a tragedy, either.