Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Monday, November 16, 2020
Ta - Da! Here it is, my first ever Lilli Ann suit. I love this amazingly grand suit. It really is a show stopper and it is all about those sleeves. They are far from subtle. The jacket of this suit is the focal point and the skirt is a simple pencil skirt. The balance is perfect and when I was styling it I wanted to keep it tame. I chose basic black accessories for this wearing but I cannot wait to pair with other colors and accessories. Jewelry was pearls of course. Pearls just go with everything. I think this suit really speaks for itself so I'm going to go do stuff and let you just enjoy these.
Friday, November 13, 2020
Black velvet leaves are what really set this otherwise basic black dress apart from the rest. Using a late 30s, early 40s pattern as my base, I made a few adjustments to set this one aside from my previous make using this pattern. I made an adjustment to the skirt by gathering the fabric that was meant to be done up in pleats. To control the gathers I ran multiple rows about 1 cm apart or so. Next I cut the sleeves out of velvet. I could have done it in the same fabric as the rest of the dress but I had this amazing thrifted velvet that I really wanted to use. I think the velvet sleeves add a touch of luxury. Last but not least were the hand appliqued velvet leaves and antique shoe buttons. These took the longest to do and were so fussy.
Originally I had intended to do only a few on each shoulder but it looked . . sad. . .So I added more and more then I added some antique shoe buttons as "berries" that had the just right amount of gloss to really pop. It is interesting how much a project can grow and develop on its own sometimes. It is almost as if the frock itself talks to me sometimes and tells me what it needs or wants. I have to say too that this dress changed and developed a lot from its original design and I could not be happier how it turend out.
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
|My back facing|
|The front button placket. The piece to the far right is the front bib . . .|
I had yet to hand sew the front bib facing to the waist edge .