Saturday, October 27, 2012
Cheesy trim + cheap fabric is shaping up to be a dress I adore
I was worried that this brown dress would be a whole lot of plain. I only had about 3 yards of bobbin lace in that pattern, which would have trimmed the bodice, but the skirt would be plain. Wheels in my head started rolling and the fact that this is an underdress to be worn under a jacket where the bodice will be mostly obscured was a big factor in deciding to give the tacky trim a go.
As my motto is more is better and I had plenty of the trim, I just kept adding more. It really worked. One row was rather eh, but three looks good. I still have about 16 yards of trim, so the plan is to be just as generous when I get to making the sleeves. I'm sure I'll have leftover and no ideas for what to do with it. I am rather astonished at how much I like this dress. The dark brown of the twill tones down the metallic of the trim and makes it look more opulent than tacky. The trim makes a plain brown cotton bottomweight I bought for $1.50 a yard look like something planned rather than a happy accident. Putting it up against the silk, I think the whole outfit is going to look great. Once again I'm breaking every rule with $40 a yard silk paired with clearance table materials. Not sure how it happened that this seems to be working, but I'm doing a serious happy dance.