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I digested some of the thoughts overnight. I really like the leaf motifs – aesthetically the lines would also do, but the leaves tie back into the theme and the lines really don’t.
So I did some more experiments with leaves this morning:
#1 is the original leaf arrangement from yesterday. #2 is the same, minus the last leaf. #3 is Bonnie’s suggestion, a single leaf near the top. I pinned it where you would normally put a brooch, and it looks rather nice there. #4 moves the leaves out from the border of the curve, and #5 is the same without the final leaf.
- While #4 needs some tweaking to the line (needs to be curvier instead of straight), I like it better than #1. In #1 the leaves are infringing on the curve, visually speaking; in #4 they echo but don’t trample over the curve. So thank you to whoever suggested moving them over!
- Mixed feelings on #5. As someone pointed out, having four leaves leads the eye down to the waist, which is not where I want attention. On the other hand, ending the series at the bust feels somehow incomplete. On the whole I think I like #4 better, but need to mull it over.
- I like #3 a lot – the single leaf breaks up the yellow without being overwhelming, and is classically simple – aesthetically, probably better than #4. However, it doesn’t give the “feel” of falling leaves, and thus isn’t as good thematically.
I need to mull #3 vs. #4 over some more. I may prepare the appliques and pin them on after the facings have been put on, so I can get a better idea of what it will look like in the finished garment. Small changes in placement can make a huge difference, so the closer I get to the finished look, the better off I’ll be.
Off to put on the facings! I think it will be a lot easier to visualize once the facings are on.