I should probably write this when I'm in a better mood, but I really
want to get this out of the pile of things I need to get done. This is done from a kit I special-ordered from Japan that came with all the supplies, including the mannequin. This is the seventh of the five-inch-tall miniature bead dresses I've done from kits. This is the second fastest dress in the "5-inch" tall dresses. The only one faster currently is the Pink Mermaid by 30 minutes. It is a cute dress for an ocean/beach theme.
This is the second of the short dress patterns. I've made two mistakes on this dress and it's driving me slightly insane. It's not so much the mistakes themselves - they're rather minor (only color problems), but by the time I noticed them it would've taken me an overly consuming amount of time to cut all my work back to fix them. You may not notice them or want to be aware of them, so I won't point them out specifically here in the description. If you would like to know feel free to ask me. I don't deny that they're there (I am quite ashamed of it really) but everyone I've asked is either too polite to tell me it's obvious or sincerely don't notice the mistakes. I will be re-doing this pattern at a later date with some changes. Future variations on this dress can be longer, have a different stripe pattern, and could have a slightly changed design around the bodice.
Dress uses glass seed beads in size 11 (blue, dark blue, and pearly white) and size 15 (blue and pearly white). Why on earth the pattern decided at the end "hey, let's just change the shade of blue" to finish I don't think I'll ever quite understand. I've tried to justify it by saying it's trying to create a fake shadow or perhaps allude to some sort of underskirt... but honestly I haven't a clue. The same goes for the hat's coloring. It uses size 11 (pearly white, yellow) and size 15 (pearly white, blue).
Why yellow? Seriously? It appears nowhere else on the dress's pattern. The dress uses Japanese One G nylon in blue and the hat uses it in white. Uses brick and herringbone stitches, the hat just uses herringbone.
The bow on the hat is blue ribbon with no particular design. The instructions for it in the pattern were extremely vague and I even went searching online to try and find other resources to figure it out. Since I had to tie the bow freehand (as in, not onto any object such as a hairclip) most of the instructions I found were also unhelpful. I did find out how to tie miniature ribbons using a fork but unfortunately the result was quite twisted and/or messy looking and I really needed the bow to be consistent. The outcome is that the bow doesn't look at intended, which was the bow with more ribbon around the center. I tried. Ugh, how I tried
, I ended up wasting a lot of my ribbon tying it over and over again with my attempts. In the end I just took the instructions from the Dusty Rose dress and tied a plastic bead onto the center. I think it's a 3mm bead but it came off an old broken hairband so I'm not really sure. The hat is particularly stiff and it doesn't flop very well like a sun hat should. The mannequin/form is also not exactly equipped to display it over the dress. Future variations could have it without the ribbon and with sensible colors.
Small edit now that I'm feeling better:
The skirt on this dress (as well as the Dusty Rose) is herringbone down with those lines between. It gives it sort of a quilted look to me? Like.. it's puffy.. in all the right places. While I still don't like the different shade of blue underneath I do like how it pulls the skirt together and makes it really seem like a wearable dress. And I do agree with *CatsWire
, a yellow ribbon on the dress would've pulled the color from the hat and made it nicer.Color Total:
3 (Hat: 3)Bead Sizes:
2 (Hat: 3)Bonus:
4 inches tall, 1 inch waist, 1 1/4 inch bust, 2 1/2 inches hem (Hat: 3/4 x 2 inches)Time:
14 1/2 hours, 2 1/2 Hat, 17 TotalI can only place six thumbnails per deviation so as the short dresses continue fewer long dresses will be featured.