It gives me great pleasure to be able to produce a fantastic piece of work that a client hopes will be what will look like a picture they have or merely a dream for a creation from a few of their ideas.
At the moment it is to create as close as possible a B-western (or silver screen) Annie Oakley outift for Texas based SASS shooter, 'Lil McGill'.
At the 2014 Land Run, I gave Lil my card and said if she ever needed an outfit to give me a yell. She had a gorgeous embroidered outfit on at the time that another seamstress had made for her.
At End Of Trail I took measurements and we had discussions about the Annie Oakley outfit that had been featured in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum when we were there for the Land Run Banquet.
Cool! What a challenge and most know I'm up for a challenge!
So to give you an idea, this is progressing rather nicely. After 2 mock ups sent to Lil we finally got the fit right via face time, photos, discussions and pinning.
To date besides cutting out the fabric, I have hand cut 758 qtr inch pigskin fringe strips, hole punched the leather 346 times.
And the bling!? Well, there are 688 rhinestones on the 8 patterns on the split skirt (not including the fringing yet), 406 rhinestones on the 2 cuffs and 1520 rhinestones on the fringing for the sleeve seams!! Phew!
Anyway, to say I'm excited as to how this project is progressing is probably an understatement but still worry about the clients ideals until I see the smile on the face at the end when they receive it.
And THAT my friends is what makes me happy – knowing I have been able to make someone else happy.
Cheers and beers for now. Will keep you posted with the final product.
Love Kat xo
Gobsmackingly awesome Grace. I have always wanted to bling my fringing like that but have never got around to it. You are doing a phenomenal job there and I bet Lil will be over the moon.
Thanks Ruby! Yep although a little time consuming, I am loving the effect. I’m waiting on a wavy cutter to trim the top leather to be decorative before I can stitch it on and had to order another lot of rhinestones. It will go close 10,500 I think.