When you sew one-of-a-kind, there is no instruction booklet. You most often brainstorm and create plans for each step of the process as you go.
Once Cameron’s custom printed fabric was pressed and ready to roll, I started playing around with the layout of the flowers compared to her custom drafted pattern pieces. The “sprinkled” nature of the gardenias on the silk called for clever positioning of each piece to get the best placement for each flower.
The flowers of the bodice pieces were the most important to position well. I did not want any flowers to be cut up into seams, folded into darts, or placed awkwardly anywhere on Cameron’s body. I started my experiments by laying the corrected paper pattern pieces onto the fabric, but this mostly obscured what I was trying to observe……