I am trying to figure out how to get more text into the dresses, beyond the lovely collars. I planned to make text emblems that wound be sewn on the bias panels. In the first photo you see several techniques. I have embroidered an emblem on some crisp silk organza using both rayon and polyester thread, indigo dyed it, sewed it to some scrap Osnaberg that had had one trip to the Indigo vat. I embroidered directly on the Osnaberg with rayon thread ( un successfully...the stabilizer chosen was not enough.) I applied a water base gutta resist. Dipped the whole thing in Indigo again. There were issues with the dye take up of the rayon due to lingering starch from the stabilizer in both instances of embroidery. The silk got way too dark in relation to the cotton. The resist was interesting. My goal is to apply text without seriously affecting the flow of the bias skirt panels.
I will embroider directly on the garment ( or garment piece before assembly), risking snarls and loss rates ( up to 50% loss rate!), using tear away stabilizer, risking affecting the flow of the skirt...all before dipping in the Indigo. BYW I bought another bolt of cloth so I can live with the loss rate if I have to.
A DECISION YET TO BE MADE:
Whether or not to activate the skirt with the resist. I will NOT do text with the resist...it is much too loose compared to the embroidery. But maybe squiggles and swirls. WHAT DO YOU THINK?