This is probably the least interesting part of the construction process. The pattern has been thread traced onto fabric blocks, and each piece will be cut as I need it to keep raveling down to a minimum. The seam allowances will also be cut extra wide and trimmed to deal with the raveling. The photo on the left is a back skirt piece from the right side, and the right side photo shows the same piece with a partially basted underlining. In my mind I went back and forth over whether or not to also add a lining, and then decided the organza underlining would add enough structure, and I would still be able to see and enjoy the reverse side of this brocade, which is just a beautiful as the side I chose. The silk organza looks much more opaque than it really is because I didn’t use a flash for this photo.
The crystal beads arrived yesterday, so I mocked up the crystal picot edging. After some experimentation with thread, it turns out that the best one for this application is a double strand of Guterman silk (sold on the blue spool you see below.) I tried Nymo, a beading thread, but it was too stiff, and a single strand of Guterman was not strong enough to hold the beads upright along the edge of the fabric, which is on a slight bias for the upper bodice. However, a double strand of Guterman silk is perfect. The needle is a sharp with a small eye. The Swarovski crystals are size 2mm; about the same size as a seed bead.
If I can get all of the pieces pinned and then thread basted to the underlining I’ll be making good progess for today.