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« on: December 27, 2013, 09:21:18 PM »

I finished this for Ian for Christmas and thought I'd share.  The base is black velvet with light royal blue soutache and gold beads, as per the original instructions: http://books.google.com/books?id=8aBHAAAAYAAJ&dq=bead%20smoking%20cap&pg=PA79#v=onepage&q=bead%20smoking%20cap&f=false (page 79).  

The tassel is gold and blue embroidery floss blended to replicate an original with a similar design.  The interior is wool batting with a black sateen lining with a sewn diamond motif.  By far the most time consuming part was picking out the tissue after the braid and soutache were sewn down...

Sewing down the braid and beads




Finished product top


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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2013, 10:55:16 PM »

That is beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2013, 06:12:16 AM »

Wow, I love the braiding pattern.  What a lovely gift, lucky Ian!
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2013, 08:35:50 AM »

Very handsome, indeed.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2013, 10:34:10 AM »

Lovely work! It's so nifty to see what a faithful recreation of an original project looks like, I think, because it can be rare to find. You get a sense for the true practical whimsy involved in so many of the projects: real artfulness combined with a utilitarian function (keeping warm!). Very nice!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2013, 08:43:20 PM »

Very nice! (and I like the tureen which is modeling it too)

Getting rid of all the itty bits of paper is a pain, isn't it.  Tongue

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2013, 09:05:13 PM »

Beautiful! I'm working on a smoking cap right now, you've inspired me!


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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2013, 09:24:53 AM »

Wow!!!  really nice.
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2013, 11:14:51 AM »

Beautiful!  I did the same pattern a few years ago but I used red velveteen for the base with the blue soutache and gold beads, light gray silk lining, quilted with emboidered initials; similar tassel with appropriate colors and covered button.  You are absolutely correct...the most time-consuming part was picking out the paper!  I ended up using tweezers on some of it. 

For those contemplating this, I strongly suggest you splurge on a bit extra fabric so you can use an emboidery hoop before cutting the finished dimensions, especially on the top.  Aside from the bits of paper, the worst part was the pattern paper kept migrating and moving about on the velveteen.  In lieu of a hoop, you could take a few moments to baste the paper pattern to the fabric. 

Congrats on a job well done!
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2014, 06:08:26 PM »

Beautifully done!!

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