I am subconsciously re-created designs I've already done in weeks prior. Not until I finished cutting out this dress did I make the connection that it is very reminiscent of my Week 3 Simplicity Tunic.
The flutter sleeves and the bodice shape are very similar, just without the shoulder seams. In this dress I was able to use the side cuts to add length to the tunic, creating an overlapping, curved hem.
I added a long dart under to bust to give the front of this dress a small amount shape.
The circle that was cut out to become the neck line was also used to face it.
Finally, the only remaining piece was a small petal cut out from the key hole neck at the back.
After painting it gold, it was sewn on as an accent.
While I sat with my son as he fell asleep, an idea finally came to me to help me decide how I wanted to finish this dress. My son has been collecting eagle and other bird feathers for me every time we go to the beach. I also knew I wanted to use the gold spray paint to embellish this dress further. So a symbolic feather necklace was what I wanted to try to create.
By creating this "necklace", I think that it is a good time to acknowledge that, even though it was generations ago, within me is a Cree heritage. Until now, I've not spent anytime understanding what it means. I now know that it does not grant me the privilege to wear an eagle feather, but it is does seem time I educated myself. Scratching the surface I find the following description (link here);
"The sight of an eagle soaring high above the earth, flying with the cloud people, is a powerful experience. In Aboriginal tradition, the eagle represents the strongest of spiritual powers, and when the bird dies, these powers remain in the feathers, claws and body parts."
I am that I am.