A week ago, I crocked my back. It’s still sore, so I’ve done all my sewing today wearing pyjamas and a corset. A truly gorgeous ensemble!
Anyway, I decided to do some more trimming of the evening bodice etc so I finished off my little rosettes. They are made of a matt silver ribbon which was originally bought to be part of my daughter’s wedding palaver a few years ago. It cried out to be brought out of stash and used for this. I used this wonderful tutorial from the Idle Hands costume blog. It’s BRILLIANT, and now I want to make gazillions. I decided to use some beads and sequins in the centre, as you have to have something to fill the gap/hide my scruffy stitching, and it also helps tie all the colours together. Again, I already had the sequins in stash. They were originally bought to decorate a little dress-up outfit I made for my grand daughter years ago. I also used some of the silver/white bead mix which is leftover from my wedding dress.
I had enough ribbon to make three small rosettes, and decided to place one on each side of the skirt draperies to hide the ends of the sequin trim, and one on the CB neckline, as I wasn’t 100% happy with my attempt at turning the corner there!
I decided to add a row of the odd holographic silvery braid to give a bit more oomph round part of the back drapery, and also on the sleeve cuffs as the pinky-lilac sequin strip just didn’t stand out enough. I already used it along the pleated trim on the silver skirt, so it all ties together well.
The buttons are already on the bodice, and I added a hook and eye under the topmost button, which does not have a buttonhole as the trim is too thick there. I have pinned the floral appliques back on, but will decide their fate when I put the lot on again tomorrow…hope it does up!
I also re-sewed the thread loop just below the back waist, where the butterfly train attaches.
Lots of hand sewing! It’s all way more ornate than I’m used to, I just hope it works. We’ll see tomorrow..
Footnote: I wondered how historically accurate sequins might be, and found a very interesting article by The American Duchess, with some fabulous images here. Turns out sequins have pretty much always been around…just not plastic ones of course!