I promised one more post on details from Carolyn’s dress while we wait for her to get married so you can see pictures of the whole dress in all it’s glory.
I’m naughty though, the only part of the dress I am really going to show you is the belt.
The belt is an important part of the design for Carolyn’s dress: it’s the focus of a lot of detailing and beading, and provides a visual break in the skirt and bodice. We had to get the design for it just right.
This is what Carolyn drew:
This is what I drew:
The design needed to be finalised and polished once a buckle was selected. This is the buckle we picked:
With the proportions and lines of the buckle in mind, I drew 6 different possible beading patterns:
Then I decided that the top two (A & B) sucked, and I re-drew them.
This turned out not to matter at all, as Carolyn liked E best. Clever girl!
I love the scale effect of pattern E. It’s like a clever wink to the whole mermaid silhouette of the dress.
And this is what the finished belt looked like: