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Tips For Beading

The guts and glory of Matchy Matchy will come next week. I promise. Before I show you the insides and outsides of her (Matchy Matchy), I wanted to give you some tips I learned when I spontaneously decided to bead the god damn thing (sorry god – please forgive my language). Matchy Matchy began a week after I debuted my me-made dress at my friend’s wedding in April. The project was intended to be simple project but turned out to be anything but. I chose a simple silhouette so that I could make a statement with the fabric. The fabric I had in mind from the beginning was tweed. A loose woven, tweed not only has a tactile quality that is perfect for fall, winter, spring, or summer but it has a history rooted in one of my favorite time periods – the 1950s. Even though the patterns the threads create are intricate, the fabric is associated with a simple time in American life. So when I spotted vintage, yellow, tweed fabric with lurex threads on Etsy one night, I caved instantly and purchased four yards. It wasn’t a bad purchase in the sense that I spent too much money but it was a bad purchase in the sense that I did not research the fabric beforehand. When that portion of the project came around, the research portion, I quickly learned I’d be in for it. Turns out tweed needs lots and lots of TLC and unfortunately T-Boz, Left Eye and Chili couldn’t wiggle me out of the hole I dug for myself. I continued on and did it all! I interfaced, quilted, hand basted, etc. When the project was coming to its final stages, I was digging the way everything was turning out that I decided to bead the front neck.…

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