Do you ever feel like diving into a super time consuming and possibly even ridiculous project? Well, I recently decided that may be just what I needed to finally kick my sewing-block (like writer's block?), a problem that has been hanging over my work thus far this year. So what have I decided to make? An embroidered and beaded wanna-be-couture tulle circle skirt! (What about that Victorian bustle gown you say? It is totally still happening! I recently found the white fabric I want to use and everything <3 )
Perks of tulle as a material: 1) the edges don't fray so I don't have to "hem" the skirt, which is very good as I plan on having several layers of tulle, 2) tulle fabric is super inexpensive!
So with tulle, just because I am planning a time intensive project, it won't have to be an expensive project. Another plus is that tulle comes in wider widths so I may end up being able to cut the body of the skirt out in one piece so that there will be no side seams.
But I am getting a bit ahead of myself, would you like to see my little inspiration board for this project? (too bad I'm showing you anyway)
|From left to right, in rows: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 above here|
Concerning sequins, I have to simply have to share my source with you all. The website I order sequins from, which is like a tempting candy shop filled with every color sweet possible, is called Cartwright's Sequins. Who knew just how many colors and types of sequins there were available in the world! Metallic sequins, square sequins, tiny itty bitty sequins, matte sequins, cat sequins! (yes really) They have sequins in the traditional finish, or in holographic prismatic finish, cupped shape or completely flat. They have beads to match. They have printed sequins, sequins with tiny printed designs on them (like galaxy print!)...OMG! It is so easy to get really carried away on their website, I am always tempted to add tons of whatever looks beautiful to my cart , but in reality I would never end up using many of the colors. This is one source which requires a lot of self control! One day when I learn how to bead my own 1920's dresses (#thedream) I will finally allow myself to go nuts and order some of everything, but until that day, I try and keep the motifs and colors that I want for a particular project in mind.
I ordered some great shooting star shaped sequins in silver and gold, also some of the aforementioned galaxy print sequins, and of course lots of other fun options in metallics and black. I will be using some sequins from previous orders too, like some fun dark red metallic tiny sequins and steel looking gunmetal flat sequins. (This may be a good time to mention this isn't a sponsored post, I just fricken love this sequin shop!)
The idea of a big project with a lot of free rein as a jump-starter too reigniting my creative sewing mojo seems to have already worked even before my sequins have arrived in the mail, as I already got too anxious to start and began another project in between! This smaller project began as a way to test my new kimono sleeve bolero pattern and then blossomed into a Schiaparelli inspired embellished bolero using left over Gertie/Joanns brocade and lots of black and blue sequins. I have been working on it all week and have sunk many hours into beading this little jacket and I AM LOVING IT! The process of allowing myself to turn on a great podcast and then just go mad with the sequins, arranging them however strikes my fancy in the moment, has seemed to have done the trick and awakened my fire to create. I guess I forgot just how much I love to embellish? Well I have remembered, dear reader, and I can't wait to start the skirt next!
|Sneak peak of the bolero, I am hoping to wear it soon :)|