The first thing was to gather the fabrics for the collage in the background. So, first I headed to my sewing cabinet and rummaged the drawers. As the collages weren't going to be that big, I could utilize even smaller pieces of fabric. I picked up several patterns but I tried to keep the color scheme cohesive. As I was going to clad the ladies to lace, I had this pastel, rococo styled color palette in my mind and I followed that with the fabric choices.
Now that I had the elements done, it was time to start putting everything together. First I tore and cut the fabrics into smaller pieces. I used ready bought versions from my stash, but also the lace patterned one I made previously.
I cut some of the pieces to elongated shape, some into squares to have a bit of variety. I then added the pieces to the background using just double sided tape in the middle of the piece. This was just to keep the pieces in place for the next step.
When I was placing the bits on top of the colored cardstock, I tried to match the pieces with the background a little. Like where there was a bigger area of green I added the green patterned fabric and where there was more yellow showing, I added the white and yellow stripes. This was to avoid too harsh a contrast, making the background more subtle and kind of fading to the, well, background.
To make the frilly lace dresses, I sewed the lace ribbons on top of the cardstock pieces. I started from the bottom layer and moved upwards. I added little pleats along the way to make the dresses more dimensional and voluminous. After I had sewed layers to the piece of the cardstock, I tested the head on top and also the character on top of the background.
Leaving the stamped head part just on top of the dress looked a bit bizarre. The two parts looked unrelated, just thrown together. So, to have a better transition between the head and the dress I added another frill on top of the stamped piece. I used the same thread and everything as the previous frills and that did the trick. At least to my eye the characters now seem to wear a dress rather than a floating head on top of a frilly piece of cardstock!
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