Yes readers, I am still alive. If there are any of you left to read this! I took a long unannounced break from blogging, but not from sewing. I plan on posting some updates on what I worked on during my six-month hiatus as well as my current project.
Currently, I am working on a belly dance costume for an upcoming show in March. It consists of a long trumpet skirt, a belt, and a bra, all based in black stretch velvet and all heavily decorated. I haven't settled on the final design for the bra and belt yet, but based on the beading I have done so far on the skirt, it will be about 20+ hours worth of beading for the skirt alone. My lunch hours will be very full for the foreseeable future. :-)
Until I get pictures of the belly costume, here is a picture of the last project I spoke about before disappearing, the belly dance show cover-up/caftan.
I ended up going with a plain blue linen blend and embroidered peacock embellishments on panels with sparkle organza and silver trim. In some places I cutout the feathers and left them hole-y, in others I did some reverse applique and added beads. Turned out ok and it worked fine for the show last June, although I am already wanting something else....
Collar Trim with close-up views
Hem Trim with close-up view