June 1st, 2004


Material girl

I've had a tiny go at adding colours to bits of spare material from my dress, and I'm no longer at all sure that it's going to work. It's white damask with flowery patterns on it and I was going to colour the flowers in rainbow colours, but I think it just looks really crap, and if I do it all over the dress it will completely spoil the lovely whiteness of it. But on the other hand if I leave it white then, y'know, it's just a white dress -- nice shape but nothing terribly exciting.

I could always just do bits of it coloured, but then that'll take a lot more planning, and I'm not sure which colours work best. I've tried doing rainbow colours (red on the outside, violet on the inside -- though actually I wonder if that wouldn't work better the other way round) and other combinations of colours (red, orange and yellow -- which works quite well but I think will look a bit crap just on its own; green and yellow which doesn't work too well, and blue and purple which doesn't work as well as I thought it would).

I think part of the problem is I'm used to doing this sort of thing on cakes and on a cake it doesn't sit around accusing you for as long -- telling you how much time and money you wasted on something that looks shit -- if it doesn't come out right.

Advice welcomed on which sort of thing might look better, or whether it'd be better to just leave it white.

Photos supplied (which haven't come out very well but they're the best I can do with my crap camera).

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Um, I don't want to seem ungrateful for all the advice and offers of help in comments to the previous post, but really I did sort of want to do the decoration on the dress myself. I already feel bad enough that my mum had to help with the sewing; if everybody else does fancy embroidery and painting and stuff that I could never do in a million years then I'm sure it will look lovely but it won't be mine. Is that really petty and precious of me? :-(

Basically I just wanted advice on what sort of colour scheme would look best or whether it might be better just to leave it uncoloured. I think as it is I'm just going to leave it white, I'm not talented enough to do all the wonderful things that everybody's suggesting so it's probably better just to avoid ruining a dress which I'll be able to sell afterwards...

And besides, Glastonbury's going to be wet, cold and miserable so I probably won't even be able to wear it anyway. :-(