Going into pair number two of this commission, I'll definitely be keeping this pair in mind. I'm doing an exact duplicate on the process (and hopefully results) of the bows save for maybe how they were attached since I feel like I rushed that step this time. Despite the added non-reimbursable cost to myself, my pride and sanity demand that I use better sequins on the next pair so I'm inevitably going to break down and buy a reel of good Wrights sequins.
They look better in the photos than in person, though being a theatre production this isn't as much of a problem as it would be in some cases (the things theatre seamstresses, myself included, sometimes get away with makes the film costumer in me cringe and jealous at the same time). And I still want to try the new sequin layout again, probably on my eventual display pair so I can use craft glue to get cleaner results without worrying about how the attachment will hold up to walking or dancing.
The absolutely best thing to come from this project was the feedback from the actress's mother:
"The shoes arrived today!!!! Yeah! They are beautiful... I think [my daughter] performed last night better than ever before - I think it is the shoes! ;-)"That kind of reaction just makes everything worthwhile.
Because this was a long-distance commission, I took a lot more photos of the construction process than I normally would so the actress playing Dorothy and the actress's family could see how things were coming along. I've actually really enjoyed having the extra photos of more stages in the process, so I might get into the habit of taking more photos even on my own projects.
|The whole kit and caboodle.|
|Just before being wrapped up and sent off.|
|Before and after.|
|The actress wearing the shoes for the first time the day they arrived.|
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