The Seafoam Goddess goes out for a Night on the Town
As the Seafoam Goddess emerges from the sea, several of her little sea buddies decide to join her in the form of delicate lacey embroideries scattered around her dress. The whole outfit came to me in a dream on my return flight from Australia. I developed a new technique for creating thread lace on the Brother embroidery machine. The thread lace was digitized in the PE-Design software.
The base fabric took over 400 hrs of machine time to create. The sea creatures were digitized and sewn directly onto the dress, using a reverse appliqué approach. The dress was done completely on the embroidery machine stitching directly on a water soluble stabilizer, except for the thread lace connections, seams and adding the bubbles to the edges. Approximately 30,000 yards of thread was used to create the dress.
After completion the whole thing was flung into the washer with much anticipation and trepidation! The dress was then embellished with Swarskoski Austrian Crystals. The cape was a whimsical finishing touch. It has serged streamers of many colors of crystallite organza and other specialty fabrics that reminded me of water. It is held on with a collection of beads and sea charms.
The concept, digitizing, and dress design are all original by Penny Muncaster-Jewell.