Monday, January 13, 2014

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who commented so kindly on my Mermaid Gown.  It took me forever to get the post up, as I wanted some close-ups of the embellishment and it just wasn't happening.  So, here they are.  I used a very free-form style of beading and just found a bunch of beads that I thought looked good together and with the fabric.  I wanted something that would end up looking kind of floral and encrusted without being too much.  I am very happy with the way it turned out.

 This is the twist at the waist and the strung beads and cords that hang down from it.

The second photo shows the central drape a little higher up showing the twist and what's just above it.  There are a lot of silk ribbon 'leaves' mixed in with the beads.

 The third photo is higher up yet on the drape, showing the main style of embellishment.  The curving beads are cut pieces of spiral shells, a little hard to stitch on, and they don't stay perfectly still, but that's okay, it gives a little more movement to the design.

This is the perfect packable gown, as it seems to eschew wrinkles no matter what, and in fact I was carrying it around the house in a tote bag while I was beading on it.  Since it can't and shouldn't be hung, it now lives in a fabric-covered box on a shelf in my closet, waiting for its next appearance.

I can't tell you how much your kind and tremendously thoughtful comments mean to me.  I appreciate and reread each and every one.  Thank you.


patti said...

Simply stunning, Liana! What a stunning creation!

Anonymous said...

Totally gorgeous! I love the intricate embellishment. Thank you for sharing the closeups.

Vicki said...

I love how it gets to live in a special box waiting for next outing. Sounds very special and expensive!

Sharon said...

Simply stunning and such detail, pure gorgeousness, and its own special box!

BeccaA said...

This is a gorgeous dress, and the embellishment is lovely. What a simple way to make an elegant dress--just drape the fabric and sew it up. You look gorgeous in it!

a little sewing said...

The embellishments are just beautiful !!!

shams said...

The dress is beautiful, Liana, and the embellishment is perfection!

Lorraine said...

Thank you for the embroidery close-ups. Stunningly beautiful! Such fun for you to create the dress. I'm glad that you were able to take your time with it. ...Communing with fabric is like meditation sometimes!