Since moving into our new boutique Mooshi has been busy launching into a haute couture clothing project to dazzle our audiences. We’ve had many curious people stopping by at our bay window to peer in and watch us embroider with gold thread. Here’s a peek…
What are we embroidering I hear you ask? It’s a petite gold spencer with a shawl collar inspired by the era when spencers were a rage…..the 1950’s of course! I miss them terribly! Don’t you?
We’re especially in love with this one…which looks more like a 1940’s design. Perhaps we’ll make her in a future spencer project!
We started this project with Dolly. Remember her? She’s our half scale model. We spent some time taping her up for the draping process. Why? Because we wanted to make a spencer without side seams! A spencer without side seams is much more attractive and wonderfully appropriate for embroidery!
And here’s Dolly with the zebra stripes! Here’s a tip. If you happen to use draping tape on your mannequins avoid pinning into it…..it leaves a residue on your beautiful pins. Next time we’re going to use cotton tape!
You can see the tape lines up with the key measurement points: bust, waist, half hip, hip, centre front and back and half way across. Here’s my half scale draped bolero. You can find many good draping books on Amazon if you’d like to learn this process.
After settling on the final half scale design I then traced the pattern out and made a full scale size pattern.
Here’s the gold embroidery still on the frame…
Now here’s the spencer at the lining stage and then with the collar shown draped over the bodice. Do you love the fabric choice? The gold embroidered fabric comes from our stash of remnant vintage fabrics. It’s over 20 years old now and still in new condition.
So far we’ve only used the sewing machine to stitch the back neckline on the shawl collar. Were going to sew the remaining seams all by hand for a truly haute couture finish!
Stay tuned for the finished result in a future post!