Friday, January 2, 2015

Daenerys Dress: Beginnings

     For my Daenerys dress, I have been experimenting with embroidery to go in between the dragon scale smocking. I think I've got it!

     I will be using a different fabric, which is a cotton-linen blend of a better color match and weave.
     For a while, I thought the stitch was a super-messy honeycomb stitch, but then I checked in on Michele Carragher's website and realized she mentioned "lock-stitch". That was it. Once I found a thread combo I liked (a vintage metal-wrapped thread twisted with a dark blue), I began to refine my technique. It's getting MUCH better. The bottom part of the piece is pretty close to the original. My camera kinda brightened the colors, but it's close in real life.

The original.

     The thread looks grey-green here, but on-screen it looks much bluer. On Michele's site, she says, "To create this I used a North American smocking stitch. I then used a metallic thread combined with blue embroidery thread to do a stitch called "lock stitch" (a good book to find this in is "A Tale of Two Stitches" by Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn) in a random manner to fix and blend the smocked dragonscale onto the dress."
     So, going off of  "a metallic thread combined with blue embroidery thread", I think using a blue thread is a good bet. I think the photograph above got a bit blown out in the bright lights of the photo studio. Causing the weird grey-green. 
     Apparently, there were actually like 3 or more of these short blue dresses that Dany wore on the show, each showing a different progression of her character. I think I'll just make my dress and see which one it ends up looking most like and then be like "Oh, yeah! I was TOTALLY aiming for that one!" 
The last one has a lot of beads and embroidery on it that I'd like to get do at some point, but I we'll see....

Some of the original dresses:

Here we go!

2014 Year in Review: Finished and Planned

      There are often a hundred different things I want to make each year. Time, funds, and practicality reduce what I actually end up producing. And it's for the best. I might go crazy if I actually had the cash to buy all the silk taffeta on the internet and all the time in the world to lock myself in my sewing room day and night. Crazy.
     That said, I am quite happy with what I did produce this year. Not all of it is yet recorded on this blog, but I do have a physical list....

     This list is pinned to the wall above my sewing table.There were a few things that I forgot to record on it, but most of it's there. I can say I completed roughly 20+ projects. And those are just extra-curricular projects, meaning that's not counting the projects I completed in this past college semester, which would add about 10+. Something for another post! 
     I'm proud of myself! I usually give myself such a hard time for all the stuff I DIDN'T finish or DIDN'T do right, but, hey: I DID some stuff! And I DID a good job! I learned so much this year, about myself and about my craft. And there is more to learn! 
New projects? Oh, yeah! 

-finish Monica's dress
-Daenerys Game of Thrones dress
-Mom's dress (poor mama has been so patient)
-new general-use Victorian corset! (I have run my old one to the ground)
-Waistcoat for my honey
-Edwardian combination drawers
-Edwardian Coldstream Guards jacket (based off my boy's original)
-1870s Bustle dress! (this one has been on my list FOREVER)
-April Gaskell 2015 dress
-anything and everything else I can think of....

Let's see how much I actually get done!