|If you look closely you can see the shoulder lacing in Artificial Sinew|
|Adding a tape measure eases cutting concerns|
Rewarding because it finally starts to look like a Native dress, Scary because you cant undo a mistake once you cut.
It helps if you keep a few things in mind:
|Square notches are made by cutting ever other fringe off|
Design should be individual and well thought out. I wouldn't copy the museum dress design exactly because it is not my dress.
Design is an individual thing.
The original dress had elements of a pinked edge as well as small fringing on the fold over flap. I decided to go with Square notch all around.
|1/2" and 1" Square Notch Fringe Cut|
I also rounded of the corners of my flaps to eliminate the squared edges, (remember, I made my fold over flaps 28" insted of 22" so I had quite a bit of edge hangover, which suits me fine).
|Detail of Large Square Notch, fringe is straight across, skirt is folded funny|
Practice on scraps first!
After fringing you need to place 6 laced fringes into the fold over flap every 4" going all the way through the body of the dress to secure the flap, start your measurement at the center of the flap, 2" then fringe, 4" then fringe, 4inches then Fringe, 4" then fringe.
Repeat for the back.
Try your dress on and have some fun in it, there is still so very much more to do, laced fringe on the bottom and adding the deer tail, (if you didn't make it in the flap to begin with). Then you have to fringe the side seam welts in your choice of design or trim them flush altogether, (your choice).
|Six Laced fringes are placed 4" apart across breast, holding flap down|
|28" flap was a good idea, covers those upper arms!|
|Looks great from the back too!|
|This project is starting to look like something and is very comfortable too!|