|Happy New Year!|
We began with the Lawnmower Dress last summer, then the charming Christmas Caroler, and for a glorious finish to 2013, The New Year's Gown.
|Our Postcard Girl|
|Inspired By This Illustration|
I already had these two beautiful silks in pink and blue, that had been stashed away for something to make for Polly. The laces would be a challenge though. Sometime this past year, Fran, of Frans Heirlooms, who makes most of the shoes my girls wear, was sharing with me a way to have the gold laces I required for a dress I was considering making. The solution was gold floral spray! I purchased some and tucked it away with my other paints, but did not try it until I began to make this dress.
|Close Up of Party Hat|
I took a large, flattened cardboard box and pinned the laces to it lengthwise. Then took this outdoors and sprayed the laces a couple of times until they were gilded. The drying time was fairly quick, but I gave them a few hours to dry completely before working with them. The embellishments on the sleeves are two laces sewn together. A ribbed trim and picot lace. This picot lace would be my bane however, for when I began hand-stitching it on the dress, the thread would catch on the tiny loops. The ribbed trim is also the trim under the little crescent moons or horseshoes. You can decide which they should represent for both icons were widely used during this era.
The sash is attached to the dress at the back and closes with 14k gold plated bead "buttons", and thread loops. There is also one at the neckline in the back. The bow was fun to design as well. It is a faux bow that is ruched in the middle then sewn to the sash. The sash is also trimmed in the gold picot lace.
|Little Gold Buttons in Back|
|Close Up of Dress and Good Luck Pig|
It was towards the very end of completing this outfit that I spotted a little pig in the arms of an Alice in Wonderland doll on my shelf. I borrowed a garland of clover from a Bleuette St. Patrick's Day outfit, and put our little Good Luck Pig together. Coins. We could have had coins, but just how far did I wish to go? Maybe they'll be in next year's. I had to decide whether I was recreating and/or making my own postcard, or simply giving Daisy a fabulous party dress to bring in the New Year. There is always a time to call it quits. So no coins.
I recall reading something about the way French women dress, and how, if you wished to dress like them, there were rules. One of them was get dressed, put on your jewelry, then take most of the jewelry off except two pieces. I think they were trying to say that less is more if you choose correctly. And, this also applies when painting pictures. You could work on one for years, but at some point you have to call it done...when it has the look you wished to achieve. Likewise, this journal posting has achieved its fini.
Daisy, our new Postcard Girl, and I wish you the happiest New Year imaginable, and a special hope that all your dreams and plans come to fruition.
Miss E. Mouse
|Work in Progress|
|Better Close Up of Shoes With Four Leaf Clovers|
|Another From the Series|
|One More From Same Series|
|Good Luck Clovers at New Years|
|Just Love This One!|
|Another Blue and Gold Dress|
|Pig, Pounds, Serenity|
|Let's Begin Our New Year Together!|