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How to Create Heavenly Embellishments

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Andra Gabrielle combines lighter-than-air details for an exquisite effect that’s never fussy with techniques from Threads issue #68.

The past can be a remarkable teacher. Vintage garments and needlework books from an earlier age can provide both inspiration and techniques for embellishing modern, wearable eveningwear, lingerie, and blouse collections. Although the garments in Andra’s collection look impossibly light and fragile, they often include multiple rows of machine embroidery, appliquéd and embroidered silk ribbon, beads, roses, and antique buttons, frequently all on one piece.

How does Andra use so many techniques on a single garment, and still have it look-and be-gossamer light? The answer has everything to do with scale and proportion. For the embellishments not to overwhelm the delicate silk fabrics, they must be used sparingly and in proportion. The result is a garment that’s as mouthwatering as a heavenly dessert!

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