pd (prettydark) wrote in bedsofroses,

Dressmaking and derailments

Life derailed me from my Italian Renaissance adventure so far. I moved at least three times, if that gives you a hint of what I've been up to since I last posted here. Just as I've most recently become settled, I realized I have another dress to make before I start working on the Italian Renaissance.

I'll be making a traditional Anishinabe jingle dress regalia. I danced when I was a teenager, but it has been a long time since then. I feel I've been called back, and I have a pretty good idea of what's in store with making a full outfit. I've never done that much floral applique beadwork, so this will be an interesting challenge.

I spent today chasing down some cheap supplies. Black velvet, black leather, and black wool that I hoped was feltable. It was all yellow tag 60% off at the SallyAnn, two skirts and a jacket. It was well within my allotted budget, coming in at under eight dollars.

Tonight I tore apart the polyester lined wool skirt, and tested a scrap and I am so happy to report that it is feltable. Some hot water, soap and elbow grease, followed by a good ironing and some spray starch will give me a good body to bead on for a lot of smaller pieces.

The bigger pieces will be beaded on black velvet. Thanks to years of packratting I have a lot of that already, though I may need to buy another black velvet piece or two at another thrift store. Most stuff these days is stretchy and has a false glisten, and I don't really want that.

I have two pieces of calico for the dress body. One is red with tiny florals and is 'old time' appropriate. The other is blue with some small geometrics and is modern, but is the same fabric as was used for a relative's burial ribbondress, and so has some meaning.

The dress will be lined with linen, most of the beadwork pieces will be lined with calico.
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