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So obviously one uses silver lined glass beads and the other uses pearls. Of note, fake pearls. Which is very exciting. Beacuse I have vintage fake glass pearls so I suspect they are made the same way- I think it’s an enamel paint over glass.

Anyway notice the other big thing.

The pearls do not have a shadow line. I was originally working from The Opulent Era which includes a close up of the pink gown that shares photo space with the yellow sunburst. And in that the beads are outlined with fine seed beads. But that is not what is going on!

The yellow sunburst apparently has a silver cord laid down and the silver lined beads sewn around that. You can see the couched threads once you look for them but especially on the cloud circle to the inside of the furthermost star. Also metal would explain how the cord stays so crisp as opposed to a silk over cotton core. Compare how firm they appear compared to the known beads and thread. The gown has a lot of shattering of the silk but how soon did the silver corrode? Was it a factor calculated into the making? Or did the gown get stored in a way that wasn’t completely optimised?

So I suspect the same rational I used to decide the pearls were the better option for me played a part in the original. I think the beads alone were not going to give enough definition so the couched silver does that.

I however love the effect of the the corroded metal! I love how it outlines in such a sharp graphic line. So I am really really torn as to just how “accurate” I want to go. I should only couch cord iff I use rocailles but it should also be silver. Also the rocailles are one size while the pearls graduate… will going for a single sized pearl and dark silver cord work? As somthing that could have been done?

But the same can be said of the sequins. I will likely use modern non tarnishing sequins so will that affect how this changes over time?


And now I am remembering why I stalled the last time! My historic gear is rarely a copy. I much prefer to do as was done which is to take a fashion plate or photo of a celebrity and say “I like this, but do this” as is how the pink version came about anyway! But I love so much about the yellow (with hints of pink and green and bright yellow).

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Date: 2017-03-29 06:18 am (UTC)
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You know, I think you're the only person I could think of that bouth could and would make a version of this dress. It will be fantastic!


Date: 2017-03-29 10:19 am (UTC)
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It will indeed be fantastic.


Date: 2017-03-29 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I hope it will :) The second guessing continues at every stage.

Date: 2017-03-29 07:52 pm (UTC)
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I know others could :) But I think how much of a perfect match it is. This is exactly what I would have wanted in that time. I like pared back styles so my wardrobe would be full of monochrome garments with minimal trimming. Lots of pleats. Very little froufrou except to highlight and contrast.
And I would absolutely said :this is going to make people a bit confused and a bit horrified

So that may be what you are picking up on :)

Date: 2017-04-03 06:53 am (UTC)
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This is going to be so gorgeous! It's one of my favorite gowns! I'm so excited you're making it!


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