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Pleated silk cummerbund & bowtie FIESTA

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cummerbund & bowtie

Created in this Craftsy class

Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Style Whimsical, Romantic, Hipster, Funky
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What materials did you use? Dupioni silk, French Tricot fusible, a variety of sewing threads, Sari silk yarn, a Perfect Pleater, freezer paper, hardware for formal cummerbund and bowtie

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What are you most proud of? Finishing before the Fiesta Coronation, and making my friend who commissioned the order happy.

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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!

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so beautiful!

04/29/2012 Flag

I'm anxious to see photos of Billy wearing it at the coronation- he is a brave soul, unlike my conservative husband!

04/29/2012 Flag

Awesome job! Just love the way you used the Perfect Pleater and made "waves". The silk Sari yarn was perfect for the couching!

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04/30/2012 Flag

This is gorgeous - very Festive.

05/26/2012 Flag

there is no such word as "gaudy" for Fiesta!!

05/27/2012 Flag


04/07/2013 Flag

thanks! I love your name!!

04/17/2013 Flag