New solo: bodice

Been awhile since I posted. Working on the new solo rather intensely…have had some interesting issues to address. The base fabric is a white satin with a wonderfully made chiffon/sequin overlay. Thought I would baste it at the sides and leave it loose over the top of the satin, but it looked messy and kept shifting. So used regular weight WonderUnder to fuse it and it looked beautiful! Straight on pic below. The morning sun has washed out the colors a bit…the pink is quite vibrant.
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Tried a different angle here to see if I could get the green to do its sparkle thing… it is visible at the center. Have to say I was not sure that the silver sequins would work, but the iridescence works wonderfully as it reflects the same pink and green in the design.
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The green between the flowers is grosgrain ribbon. Another small challenge there getting it to curve, but steaming made it behave.

Everything is backed with a fusible interfacing. I like a crisp look for the bodice, so the satin is backed with a woven cotton fusible. The center bodice is also fused to Decor-bond…it is a bit siff, but there is no denying that it stands up to the embroidery with no puckering or tunneling. Everything turns out clean and sharp. The applique fabrics are fused to decor bond. After tacking down and trimming the green glitter dot appliques, I applied Fray-chek. Since the glitter dots are on a type of netting, I have found that the Fray-chek keeps the netting from breaking and leaving holes when satin-stitching around. Forgot to do that on my sample and had several holes. Was generous with the Fray-chek on this and not a single hole!

The pink fabric in the flowers is a satin with tiny dots of glitter…the kind that eventually ends up in every nook and cranny in my sewing room and on my body! So, I sprayed the fabric with my good ol’ No Fray Spray!
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I am always amazed that it works as well as it does. Here’s a pic of the fully sprayed fabric…still sparkly! Doesn’t change anything except make the fabric a tad stiffer, but since I was using it for applique, it did not matter.
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The design is of course by Susan Gowin based on the dancer’s ideas. This will be a swoop dress…pattern by Susan.

The dancer and her mother and grandmother came for a fitting yesterday afternoon. They are happy and all is well. The dancer had such an adorable smile on her face…gives me the biggest charge when they are thrilled.

Molly & Michael brought me a large cafe mocha from Starbucks yesterday afternoon…about 5 pm. Moron that I am, I drank the whole thing…guess what time I went to bed? I was wide awake digitizing the rest of the skirt design until 3 am. A bit bleary now…good time for a morning nap!

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Anonymous
    Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:09:00

    We have a new family tradition. Reading Ann’s blog before school. Maike thinks the dress is pretty. Aaron was more interested in your porch and how he likes that particular weather in VA. Hope you had a nice nap.

  2. picperfic
    Apr 23, 2007 @ 10:24:00

    my goodness Ann, your work is so clean and neat!! I take my hat off to you…I love it when I’m making cards and Barry gets covered in glitter. Hope you get a good nap, you owe it to yourself, and a mocha?? Does not the chocolate in that give you migraine? I must admit, Starbucks coffee is a favourite of mine, you just know it is going to be consistently good! I have a skinny cappuccino with no chocolate. But anyway! You are so clever with your sewing!

  3. Katherine
    Apr 24, 2007 @ 08:58:00

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I love it when the dancers whirl and their dresses glitter and sparkle. Your work is beautiful!

  4. Knitting Maniac
    Apr 27, 2007 @ 05:53:00

    holy COW!!!!! Every time I see a new creation, I can’t think of how you could top that one. But you always do! NICE work, Ann!

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