I've run into a short, well-loved, brick wall, that should be easy to get over but hurts as you do it. The problem is Esmeralda's skirt decoration.
In the original art, Hannah-Alexander
describes her as such: "Under skirt is silk, overskirt is can be chiffon or organza, anything coloured but translucent, really. Bead trimming is gold medallions."
Originally (you can see my change in the newest WIP) I had shaded these medallions to be different colored DMC metallic golds. But since in between all of these are going to be actual glass beads it didn't feel "right" to leave them that way. Not even Kreinik threads would give the proper effect to the edge of her skirt! GraniteFire
and I plotted for a good hour or two yesterday trying to figure out how sequins or charms could be employed, at the proper size, at the proper cost. Together we figured that I could offer the sequins as packs in my Etsy store for $2.50 (USD) which covers the cost of the sequins, postage stamp, and listing fees. In the end I would have to sell nearly all 100 copies of Esmeralda to break even, but it would be worth it to me to be a considerate pattern-maker.
Here is where that brick wall decided to hurt my legs: I priced and calculated for sequins that would fit 18 count - that is, the 36 count option would need sequins half the size. Which means (to be safe!) I should stock enough sequins to assume 100 copies of Esmeralda could be used for all
36 count or all
18 count. In either case, I can't stock just 50% of each, because then I risk being short on sequins!
So, I'm stumped. It's going to cost me ~$50 in postage (assuming I sell sequins for every Esmeralda pattern) and quite a bit for sequin stock (both 18 count sized and 36 count sized). I could put it on the customers to find their own sequins but that just doesn't feel proper. The beads I am okay with having stitchers buy on their own since they come in stitcher sized packs (thank you Mill Hill for not making me send people on wild hunts to find size 11 and 15 beads)
. Where as the sequins I want to use... well, you only need ~25 of them for the pattern, and they only come in packs of 400-1000.
Opinions? Advice? Relatable problems? Would you
buy a sequin pack from me to finish Esmeralda's skirt properly? Or would you hunt your own finishing materials? All input on this will be appreciated.Quick Edit:
I already don't worry about conversions for the bead sizes, and assume that anyone using 36 count is going to do it over two (effectively making it an 18 count pattern as designed), should I be freaking out about this for the sequins? Am I just... overthinking this. Pinky My Catalog
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