Hobbit Inspired Dress
For the Hobbit I have designed a dress that I will be wearing to the premiere. Almost a month ago I posted my design for the dress. However, I ran into some problems that I had not foreseen. I made a corset and hated it. So I began that project again using a different shaped pattern. I have now finished the corset (again) and will post pictures soon, this time the result was much better.
The next problem I ran into was the floral fabric that was to be the over dress. I had completed the dress underneath and the overdress. The only think I had left to do was to make the slits in the front and back (see the design posted on Nov 8th). The dress had six ‘leaves’ for a lack of a better word. The front and back pieces were split up the front and back up to the hips. When I tried to implement these cuts, creating the two leaves on each of the pieces, it looked terrible. Because of the weight of the fabric the pieces did not lay as I had envisioned them. They looked stiff and un-flattering. So- for the moment- I have given up on the overdress. I likely will return to it at some point, but it is going to need some thought about how I can remedy the situation.
So, moving on to what I decided to do. I decided that I would just decorate the underdress so it looked ‘finished’. However, this endeavor has been an adventure that I did not anticipate. I bought gold metallic embroidery thread (yes thread, not floss). I was surprised at the many kinds of metallic thread. There are metallic threads for hand embroidery, metallic threads for machine embroidery, and then there is metallic floss for hand embroidery. I chose the thread because it had the exact color and sheen that I wanted.
Keep in mind, I have never really tried any embroidery other than cross stitching as a girl (which is completely different). I know how to back stitch and satin stitch. Anything more complicated than those, and I am Embroidery for Dummies girl. I attempted a satin stitch with the metallic thread. Something about the thread did NOT like doing anything other than a back stitch. The satin stitch kept pulling and warping the thread (I assumed it was because I was inept, but now that I am using regular embroidery floss to embroider within the gold outline, I have realized that this is not so) so my conclusion was that it is the thread that disliked doing a satin stitch. I back stitched around the design I had drawn around the neckline of the dress. This process took about 25 hours.
I then worked on the upper arms. I did a crisscross pattern on the arms using a back stitch. I then sewed gold beads onto each ‘x’ of the crisscrosses.
After holding up my dress I decided it still looked ‘un-finished’. I then decided to fill in the design on the neckline with a green embroidery floss. I am so happy with this decision. The floss gives off a lovely sheen, but is not too noticeable. However- there has to be a drawback, of course- it is taking me forever. So far the green embroidery has taken me 5 hours, and I have only filled in a fourth of the design. With only a week until the movie opens, I am beginning to get a bit nervous that I will not finish in time!
I will most more pictures of the project as I finish more. As usual please leave comments! I would especially be interested in hearing if you have any insights on why the embroidery thread was so difficult to work with; I am sure my inexperience was the problem, but I would still like to know why it was impossible to satin stitch with.
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