Somebody once asked me if I ever worked with a monochromatic scheme, and I thought what about all of the other colors that I could use. Well I gave it a try, and this is as close as I could get.
The base of the vest is a black raw silk decorated with vintage and new metallic trims and laces. A few sections of the trims were braided first, then stitched down with metallic threads. There is a wide section of sari border material, which is actually purple on the other side (and it was hard to hide that color!), there are new metallic trims, satin ribbons and metallic laces stitched in the grid pattern.
The ribbon sections are embellished with silk ribbon embroidery, ribbon worked flowers, and the has a vintage sequin appliqué. The vest also has two hand painted pins from Russia on the front, one given to me by a favorite student. Vintage and new glass bead and button embellishments also adorn the ribbon flower sections.
This vest is an example of the techniques that are taught in my Vintage Redressed class. The jewelry shown is The Algonquin Room, and a vintage onyx and rhinestone necklace.