From Andrea ... TO BEAD OR NOT TO BEAD, that is the question!
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By the Monday before we leave, the black panels are done. Oh but oops, I am wondering if I have any white chiffon for the yoke. I go spelunking in the fabric boxes and find some. Yet another whew! Same process, mark fabric, stretch, bead. I send Andrea photos, just to let her know I have made it to the white.
The fringe is also done with the tambour hook, but instead of one bead per stitch, I use 8 beads still using the same chain stitch as the rest of my beading.
The dress will be sewn up without a lining. I will wear a silk crepe slip under it, that I made for another dress. An unlined dress hangs better and is much easier to clean. Which reminds me of the instructions for washing a beaded dress I have in a 1920's homemaking book I own.
It says "wash beaded dress the way you would wash any other dress, just don't put it though the ringer" !!!
Can you imagine all the cracking a crushed beads! But, that is how to remove beads, if needed, without disturbing the chain stitch. Smash any unwanted beads with a hammer and carefully remove all the pieces.
Here I am stay stitching the neckline. This will make hand rolling a hem easier.
From Andrea ... a kilo equals about 2 1/4 lbs. So 3 kilos is about 6 1/2 lbs. and 6 kilos is about 13 lbs. That seems like too heavy of a dress for me!
My girlfriend Kimberly marks the hem and I figure out a way for a quick alteration that I can do in London. I also do a quick alteration to the long black silk slip I made two months ago, cutting out the back as this gown has such a low back. I pre-press the hem, roll the gown up in and put it in my carry on luggage. I'm not letting that dress out of my clutches after all the work that went into it.
I did the hem and the alterations on New Year's Eve in our hotel room. The reason that I did it in London is that I still wanted to finish another outfit before we went.
From Andrea ... tomorrow read about the dress's debut at the Savoy.