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Date: 12/12/13 2:24 PM

I am making this dress Fringe Front for a party Saturday night (if I finish in time...), and am happy with how it's going so far. Am using a beaded trim in place of the fringe. My question is about the long diagonal, neck to hip.... have put the front together, and that diagonal doesn't stand out much, at least in my dress, which is in a floral rayon. It's an important part of the design. I am thinking about doing a simple machine embroidery stitch along it, probably a small floral and in a slightly different color, to make it stand out more. Not sure yet if I'll do the hip flower. I haven't done much vintage sewing, and I'd like to stay somewhat true to the style and the times, so would appreciate any feedback you might have, thx

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Date: 12/13/13 8:36 AM

Be sure to try a sample embroidery because it might pucker or change the drape of the front of the dress.

Sometimes adding a clever embroidery makes the dress not as enhanced as we imagine. I just sort of ruined a whole outfit by adding a red trim. I thought it would be outstanding but it makes it look more like a zoot suit.

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Subject: Decades of Style Fringe Front dress Date: 12/13/13 9:21 AM

You might be surprised how much it does stand out especially when you get the trim/fringe on.

Now, if I felt the need to jazz it up (see what I did there?)I'd add on the sew on jewels to the line in a similar shape and color to the beaded fringe, but I would test that out to make sure it didn't overwhelm ME.

Mostly, though, I'd leave it alone. Fringe of any kind can overwhelm an outfit pretty fast IMO. And you want to wear the dress, not the other way around.

Another way flappers used to draw attention to details was with jewelry. An asymmetrical statement necklace in a similar diagonal (if you could find it) would draw the eye along that line, or a 100" plus strand of pearls with the rhinestone clips done in that diagonal fall would also work.

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Date: 12/13/13 11:10 AM

I would be tempted to add some beading to the diagonal. On a floral, I am sure it would enhance without overwhelming the design.

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Date: 12/13/13 12:19 PM

Thanks, everyone, those are helpful suggestions. I agree, it's easy to go overboard with embroidery ;). thx again, Kate

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Subject: Decades of Style Fringe Front dress Date: 12/13/13 9:42 PM

Maybe piping in a solid color from the floral print along the diagonal. :-)

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Date: 12/14/13 10:37 AM

I would use the same beaded trim for both diagonals. Two different embellishments might make it look too 'crafty' but that's just my opinion. Sometimes less is more.
It's a really cool dress.

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