Making progress a bit at a time

1 Oct

The appliques are on and it is getting to the stage where I can see where we are going with it!

Another view:

And the back:

I am considering ordering one more set of appliques.  One to go up and over my left shoulder and one to go under the left arm, which is currently “naked.”  My Design Assistant is pushing for all crystal AB stones on this one and I think he might have a point.  Time to pull out the current inventory and see what we have in stock.

3 Responses to “Making progress a bit at a time”

  1. LadyD November 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    You dress looks gorgeous. that colour suits you.
    I have a quick question (you seem to know your stuff with swishy skirts): I’m making a skirt from a pair of trousers. I’m in a quandry though as I want to add a godet front and back but I’m not sure what size to make the godet for movement without tripping over excess fabric. Is there a rule of thumb? A maximum width?

    • bgballroom November 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

      Hmmm….it will depend on how you want the skirt to look and move. I assume this will be a full length skirt? Fuller skirt = wider godet. I would probably make a fairly wide godet and then trim it down if it was too much. Trim both straight edges to keep the grain right. The straight grain should run from the point of the godet straight down. For ballroom we hem the skirts to about mid ankle bone, which keeps them from tripping us while dancing – mostly!

      I don’t think there is a maximum width, really. You can go as big as you like. The weight of the fabrics will make a difference, as well. If you are using the same fabric as the skirt, you should be fine, but a lighter weight fabric will fold up on itself and “hide” unless you are moving, which could make a very cool effect.

      It would also be pretty easy to muslin this. Use some old fabric and pin the pieces in to get a general look. I would love to see the finished product!

      • LadyD November 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

        Thanks for the info. It really helps. I’m hoping to find a light striped linen blend of a similar colour of the facing to make the godets with.

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