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InstructionsThis set is for the father of a Duchess of the Royal Court for Fiesta, 2012 in San Antonio. (similar to Mardi Gras). I took apart an unwanted men's cummerbund and recycled the boning & hardware, then took apart a bow-tie. (Silk is best fused to French tricot fusible interfacing to help prevent unraveling.) Outline your pattern with chalk on the silk and do decorative stitching BEFORE cutting as ...
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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Romantic, Formal / Bridal, Hipster, Mod, Funky, Whimsical
Dupioni silk, French Tricot fusible, a variety of sewing threads, Sari silk yarn, a Perfect Pleater, freezer paper, hardware for formal cummerbund and bowtie
What was your inspiration?
the Stupendous Stitching Course! I had made formal occasion pleated memory albums for years, and especially loved to pleat Dupioni silks. It seemed Carol's techniques were perfect for this project, and perfect for FIESTA!
What are you most proud of?
Finishing before the Fiesta Coronation, and making my friend who commissioned the order happy.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Make sure you have a cummerbund/bowtie set to study before you start, and the hardware. But if you just want to pleat and use Carol's techniques, silk is perfect for this! The Sari yarn was lovely to work with. Because the outer pleats are twisted between rows, I was unable to fill those areas with decorative stitches: but I was able to add many rows of stitches, sometimes on top of each other, just next to the couched Sari yarns and I loved the look. If this wasn't for a man, I think the French knots and beading would have been wonderful!