This Shabby Chic Darling is what I got as the result of playing with vintage lace and doilies when trying to display them on the old mannequin that I had bought couple of years ago for my sewing adventures.
I had no intention to beautify my dear
old ancient Annabelle with the treasures from my obsessively growing vintage lace collection. Not that Annabelle did not deserve a new outfit.
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In fact, she was in a desperate need for it. And I had plans for her. I envisioned her dressed up in a breathtaking embellishment of bright and bold motives that would show off her powerful character…
But then, before I could figure out how to materialize my idea of that bright and bold embellishment, I had to find a solution for another challenge I was facing.
I was in need to make a good picture of my lace collection. And I tell you, – to create a good set up that would properly display my so dearly guarded lacy darlings – that was a challenge beyond my photographing beginner´s skills.
I tried everything possible to display my lace doilies, ribbons and other lacy darlings, and then capture their beauty with camera. I kept failing awfully. No matter how much creativity I put into the new set up of lace, no matter how much smoke one could see coming out of my ears due to the intensive work of my brain when figuring out the right set up in my camera modes – the pictures kept looking disappointing.
I invited my husband to show off his skills and get a great picture of my lacy wealth. He too did everything he could imagine so that he could rescue me from feeling desperate. The beauty of lace remained locked in the reality and refused to get transitioned to photos.
Then, standing shortly before the line of giving up, I placed some lace on Annabelle. It. Was. Love. From The First Sight…
Annabelle fell in love. So did lace. So did I. So did my husband. The sequence and the directions of Love Spreading All Around were not important.
Annabelle gave me a clear message – she wanted to keep her new dress. She wanted it to be durable and fit her properly.
I could only agree with her – that was a fabulous idea. So I took all my pins, spent two more days digging through my piles of lace, pinning and repinning the lacy bits until Annabelle and I were happy with the result.
Then I got out the invisible thread (I was happy that finally there was a great use for it), and bent the needle so it would have a curvy shape that made it easier to sew the lace on the mannequin.
And then during the next few days I spent each and every free moment (while my then four months old baby was napping or playing on his own) to sew each motif and ribbon on Annabelle. The best thing is – one does not see the thread. The lace looks as if it would invisibly attached to Annabelle.
Annabelle moved from my crafts room to our bedroom. She knows my plans of creating bohemian flair for the bedroom, so she kindly agreed to contribute by being there herself.
If there is something I can be useful to you regarding this tutorial for creating shabby chic bohemian darling for your palace, or if you have any comments about it – do let me know!