So this very opinionated lace and I have finally reached an understanding and are getting along! Like I always said to my students; listen to the fabric it will never steer you wrong, more true words were never spoken!
This lace is very symmetrical and does not take well to anything that is not symmetrical or harmonious, it does however like the silk and shows very well alongside the silk charmeuese. Once the mother of the bride dress is done I will post pix as it truly is different from any other mother of..... dress anywhere.
The lace is very bold, the colour combination of aubergine and ecru work together very well, not the standard colour combination but then again opposites attract this is especially true in design, one should try to pair together lines/colours that are opposite and there will be harmony.
Recently I was asked a question; When designing a garment how do you know when to stop adding/changing?
A great question I had to think about it for a minute, my answer to that question is you look for harmony in the garment. Also an old art teacher of mine once said if it doesn't add, it takes away so do a practice piece first to see what the reaction is. What you are looking for is the feeling you get when looking at the garment when you stand back and look at the garment in the mirror, that's the trick is to look in the mirror not at the garment. Do your eyes go all over the place? Is it disquieting to look at the garment? Do you relax? Do your eyes follow the lines and you feel at peace?
With this lace I have had to do many practice pieces because it fights so hard with what it doesn't like and is so very harmonious with anything that works well, it seems to settle down and I smile. I know it sounds corny but believe me it works!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"