I am working on adding some fun details to my ringleader costume for the circus wedding. I decided it needed some visual interest at the waist line where the jacket splits into the tails.
I still wanted to do something reminiscent of this cuff, with it's fun colors and ribbon flowers.
I found a scrap of Anna Maria Horner fabric in my stash and decided to dig in.
First, the lace. I decided to use the appliqued swirl design part of the lace and to cut the rest away.
Once it was free from the background, I played with the positioning of the swirl until I liked how it worked with the diamond pattern on the fabric. ( I had to piece the fabric together to have a piece that showed the diamonds, because I was dealing with the very last scrap of a fabric I really liked. You can see the seam in the center.)
I decided the applique looked too solid, but the lace netting was still underneath it, so I cut away the applique, revealing the original lace. Sort of backwards considering that I started out by cutting the netting away from the applique, but I liked the result.
Speaking of results, I think I am calling this finished. I have to attach it to a backing, but the design seems to be there. I added a few beads to the outer diamonds and a striped fabric flower and large brass button to the center. Lydia will have a similar fabric rose pattern on the waist of her "mini ringleader" dress. Pictures soon!