This gown was a real patterning puzzle, with loads of twists and turns and confusing bits. When bespoke clothing is patterned, we do so without seam allowances, to allow us to think clearly and see style lines easily. This pattern has lots going on!
And below are the first of the seven skirt panels, laid out on the ribbon lace for cutting.
Because all of the patterns are applied to the wrong side of the fabric for cutting, they are created upside down, which requires a good bit of thinking and puzzle ability with asymmetrical style lines like this.
Cindi's left side and sleeve are glimmering with Aurum crystals, the most expensive rhinestone money can buy, because they have a fine real gold coating on their surface. The white center section is drenched in Crystal AB sew-on Rivolis and many sizes of flat backs. The gold ribbon lace was so splendid on its own that we chose not to apply rhinestones to it at all.
Now, no laughing! I was sad when it came time to create jewelry for this gown, because it didn't really need much, but I did get to make a pair of earrings!
The competition at which Cindi will debut her new gown is in HAWAII! next week, and sadly, I cannot be there to take pictures, but I am hoping she brings me back a shot or two to share with you. Maybe something with a palm tree in the background, or a sandy beach???