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A Mid Summer Night's Dream Ensemble

Close up view of ribbon and fabric flowers and leaves embellished with crazy quilt and silk ribbon embroidery, and bead embellishment.

Date Created: Ensemble- August 1993
Created especially for: The Fairfield Fashion Show
Line: Jacket, skirt, camisole, hat, purse and wand (hat and bouquet)
Techniques: Machine piecing, crazy piecing, appliqué, quilting; woven ribbon sections; hand stitched traditional free form embroidery, silk ribbon embroidery, and formed ribbon work flowers and leave
Fabrics: Cotton, silk, satin ribbons

This ensemble of a tapered jacket, tiered skirt and camisole are all from different Folkwear patterns; the purse is one of my own patterns; the hat and the beaded bouquet did not hold up under two years of traveling for the show, but I made a wand using some of the components of the bouquet.

The bodice of the jacket is machine quilted and embellished with ribbon worked flowers, vintage and new buttons and charms. The body of the jacket has crazy pieced sections and woven ribbon sections. The pieced sections are embroidered with traditional crazy quilt stitches including a spider web and snail; these stitches are further enhanced with beads and charms. The woven ribbon sections that are further embellished with ribbon worked flowers.

The embellishments included on the jacket are glass and lucite beads, vintage buttons, vintage sequin appliques, vintage earrings, and hand dyed lace appliques and metallic gold lace. The pieceing and embroidery techniques are an example of what you learn in the Avonlea Revisited class. The flowers and silk ribbon embroidery techniques are an example of the what you learn in A Walk Through My Flower Garden class.

The camisole is made from a printed cotton fabric embellished with hand dyed lace. The tiered skirt is made from embroidered cotton from India. The hat resembled the colors of the bodice and was made from the same materials. The bouquet was made from hand made French wire beaded flowers.

The jewelry ensemble that is worn with the jacket is Serendipity.

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