Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vintage appliques.

On Costuming With Style, I have posted another use of appliqués . The one used on the collar is a very old vintage piece with jet beads. Not easy to find. It was so delicate and more or less just falling apart , that I had to pretty much re-bead it as I was sewing it to the collar piece I designed just for this propose.
One can use old pieces and they shouldn't be passed up because they look tattered.
  By following the sections that are in tack, you can secure the parts that are not, to a new ground. It will pretty much come out like it had looked years ago. I always save beads that have fallen off old pieces, or that are a found item, un-repairable, or un-usable and to fragile. Nothing need go to waste.
There is an old adage I follow, that goes like this.
"Use It Up, Wear It Out, Make It Do, or do without."
So many today have forgotten this, but I think in the future it will come back into use, due to the times.

The piece around the bottom of the skirt was something I found that was obviously old. Velvet with a beaded and crocheted net and tassels attached. I've not seen many pieces like this, and it worked well, by sewing it down around the bottom of the skirt and then up in the back. Your piece will pretty much dictate how you use it. The color, shape, and design should guide you. I could have just sewn it around the bottom of the skirt. But that is pretty much predictable, and I wanted something to attract the eye when looking at the back of the dolls gown. Don't forget the back of the dolls dress, it's as important as the front. Until next time,
  Use a different accent, even if it's old.

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