historic beads

Doing some smocking on a piece that will be part of my new dress design, The Renaissance Scarlet Dress. The dress is actually done right now, but I have to find a location to take pictures of it, because outside is cold, wet and muddy. I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out and to put my new dress for sale on Etsy! The video tutorial is going to be done soon too. Sorry I had to mute the video cause I was watching anime while sewing XD

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- Maria Heller

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WORTH PARIS BEADED VELVET and LACE DOLMAN, 1880’s. 

Cranberry velvet with stand collar having elaborate metallic gold cording and bronze beads, sides of fine cotton net decorated with jet beads in a pattern of bells, all trimmed with ruffled black floral lace and bronze beaded tassels, lined in rust silk faille. Label “Worth Paris”.

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1780′s Polonaise based on this fashion plate from “Galerie des modes et costumes français” I dyed the pink silk for the dress and the pleats are all stitched by hand. The shoes were made by reshaping the heel of a pair of ordinary court shoes and adding a tongue before covering in silk. The chatelaine was made using beading techniques 

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Some details of the new renaissance dress design I’ve been working on in the past weeks. I’ve decided to name this The Renaissance Scarlet Dress, so that it doesn’t get confused with the burgundy one. I can’t wait to finish this! Once done I will put it in my Etsy shop

I had to make all those dots by hand yes, I think they are at least 500. I made a video of the whole process which you will be able to see when the dress is done.

- Maria Heller

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CHIFFON and METALLIC LACE EVENING DRESS, c. 1918.

White silk having sheer sleeveless V-neck bodice with silver lace trim and beaded back tassel over short sleeve bodice with wide silver lace band, vertical lace bands edge front and back looped panels over full skirt, pale pink silk lining, cloth flowers at waist

Beautiful in it’s simplicity!