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Elsa updates!

I’ve been relying on Instagram for my daily blogging of small progress so I’ll see if I can post unfiltered photos here :)

Okay so I ordered some beautiful rhinestones. They are a really good size but look what happens to the rectangle sequins when I scatter sequins and stones over my rather magical base fabric:

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They kind of wash out and don’t add to the texture. My own fault for my choice of base fabric, it is seriously textured enough that flat sequins have a negative impact.

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You can sort of see why in the photo above. The light scatters in such a way as to create a lot of illusionary texture.

The bodice had a layer of knit fusible interfacing added here. It helps secure the rhinestones and prevent the weight and stitches from tearing the fabric.

And then I got another lot of rhinestones. I may have accidentally got a few too many of the very largest (an inch long) but they are all magical and I have Plans(tm).

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Testing a layout of the rhinestones for the undershirt neckline as well as the bodice.

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Testing a mix of regular spaced and irregular spaced stones. The long thin stones work as a visual anchor while the squarer smaller stones help scatter the light.

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The density works here, but I kept trying different layouts to find the best balance of stones and fabric.

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I did add some of the mid sized stones to the bust and front, but these are being rejigged as I work.

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And here is why- the tiny circular stones at the waist totally transform balance so I have had to remove stones at the waist to bring out more blue!

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The waist has alternating rows of plain and AB coated stones to help blend the waist to the torso.

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The different shades of blue really do make a huge impact on how the ombre effect shows up.