This is done from a kit I special-ordered from Japan that came with all the supplies, including the mannequin. This is the tenth and final of the five-inch-tall miniature bead dresses I've done from kits. This is also the fifth and final of the short-skirt patterns. This dress completes my from-kits collection and from now on dresses made with these patterns will be made from my own hand-picked materials such as with the Dark Amethyst dress: [link] Please note:
Your monitor settings could vastly change how you see this dress compared to how I see it. It may appear much too dark for you to distinguish the beads from each other, for example. See this scrap deviation for a lighter color edit: [link]
The photos for this dress were postponed approximately a month because of that purse. The plastic piece on the purse is the same as the gold-brown piece from the suit's purse [link]
except in red. As I only had two pieces I had to take the time to find ways to recreate the shape for future purses. Even so I only made it to prototype stages of different materials before I really
wanted to get this posted. After all, I can't post anything else with this just sitting around waiting for me! That being said, the purse piece is not actually in it's "final" position in these photos, the thread is hanging loose in the back so that I can easily remove it again to continue working. In order to take the photos I wanted I stuck a small pin into the dress at the shoulder; normally the purse doesn't hang off the shoulder due to weight.
This dress took the lease amount of time out of all ten dresses! And, nicely enough, it took just ten hours in the photo without the buttons or belt. Adding the buttons took hardly any extra time and I counted the belt as a separate accessory to be used with other dresses as well. It is beaded directly onto the mannequin / dress form / seamstress dummy and cannot
be removed without cutting it off and destroying the piece.
The dress uses size 11 black and pearly-white (the same as on the wedding dress [link]
) glass seed beads; size 15 black and pearly-white glass seed beads; and 3 pearly-white plastic 4mm beads for the buttons. The belt uses size 15 pearly-white glass seed beads. The purse uses size 11 red, size 15 red and gold, size 8 red, glass seed beads and 2mm gold metal beads. The belt also uses a 7mm gold metal ring. The purse uses a red-plastic form, 4mm gold metal rings, and a special gold metal zipper pull. The dress uses almost entirely herringbone with weaving for the collar, the purse and belt use peyote. The dress is done with black One G Japanese nylon, the collar and belt in white One G, and the purse in red One G. The purse also is filled with a red felt/cotton/fabric ball.
I had an issue during photographing this dress where one bead decided, "You can't make me be part of something bigger than myself! I'm an individual with awesome unique traits! Freeeedommmm!"
and popped off the dress, shattered into small glass pieces, and had to be replaced. There's a slight alteration on the collar from the pattern to make it smoother and less jagged. This bodice is also very similar to the white and red tennis dress [link]
but is entirely attached to the skirt.
You can view the belt's individual photos and on other dresses here: [link]
You can 'like' my facebook for progress photos and special goodies: [link]
When I finish my college Associate's degree you can find things for sale at my etsy: [link]Color Total:
2 (Belt: 1) (Purse: 2)Bead Sizes:
3 (Belt: 1) (Purse: 4)Size:
3 inches tall, 1 inch waist (+1/4 belt), 1 1/4 inch bust, 2 inches hemSize Purse:
1 1/5 inches tall with straps, 1 1/4 inches long, 1/2 inch wideTime:
10 hours, Belt: 1 hour, Purse: 5 hours. Total: 16 hours