embellishment

This Victorian natural form-inspired ensemble was built around the concept of the highly embellished overbust corset. An estimated 60+ hours were spent lovingly cutting, placing chantilly lace, stitching by hand, and sewing beads to compliment the layout. There are five varieties of crystal beads in addition to the iridescent seed beads that adorn the lace appliques. The skirts are of taffeta with blue moire ribbon bows, and 18 yards of pleated ruffle. The skirts take inspiration from the designer’s own copy of the 1879 volume of Peterson’s Magazine. The inspiration for the silk camisole came from several sources, but mainly from beribboned Edwardian era undergarments.

Outfit and coronet by L'Atelier de LaFleur
Jewellery by Jeanie Schlegel
Modelled by me, Mina LaFleur

Week 16 of the #YearOfStitch : Laced Running Stitch

This one is going to feel like a cross between backstitch and cloud filling. It makes such a beautiful border and it’s crazy simple. 

Ready? 

Now for the photos

Start with your running stitch. Add as many as you like and space them however you like. Here I come up, skip one hole and go back down. 

Then I skip 3 holes to start the next stitch

Repeat

Now it’s time to lace it up…

Bring your thread from the back through the hole you skipped under your first running stitch like so:

Then weave that bad boy up and down until you run out of horizontal stitches

I only did a few because it was a tiny hoop and I’m in a hurry but you can go on forevs. To finish, you can just do as you did at the start. Bring your floss through to the back via the middle stitch under your last horizontal stitch and tie it off. 

Boom Chaka.

Now get at it!

Shannon

Steven, Donuts Shirts ft. paint

Here is now to do small scale screen printing. When I did this for a night vale shirt, I used a remnant of white chiffon as my screen and normal flat fabric paint as my inks. This doesn’t work well on very coarse fabrics. Something runnier than normal fabric paint would probably work better, too. You must draw and mod-podge a new screen for every color layer included in your print. 

Or you can use freezer paper stencils. This has more success on coarse fabrics and simple shapes, but you have to be careful around the edges. 

Both would work fine on tee shirts, the freezer paper is easier though.

As for shirt patterns, since these aren’t transfers, you can just take any old satisfactory screencap and make it huge in paint or whatever and then smooth the lines when you trace it by hand onto your freezer paper or chiffon. Hell, here’s Steven’s star picture direct from the redbubble from someone selling these. Either of these pictures from the wiki would get you the donut shirt.