The photographs below show the next design phase, both construction and decorative elements.
|1. Three versions of Fin Inserts showing different decorative stitching.|
|2. Preferred Fin Insert (view 1).|
|3. Preferred Fin Insert (view 2).|
|4. Collar Construction showing Main and Insert Fins.|
Image 4 shows the Main Fins cut 5" wide, wider than previously. Their edges are double zigzagged in petrol blue and then stitched part way round the tube-shaped Insert Fin creating a rippling embroidered additional edge. The tube shape is created by inserting a short roll of stitch-and-tear stitched invisibly in place. Further stitching is applied to the Main Fins on soft grey, petrol and thicker white thread. Each line of machine embroidery is overstitch and close cut.
This construction curves well round the cardigan neck. The tuck made on each Main Fin makes it easy to make small adjustments so that the Insert Fins match on each side and are positioned on the shoulder. The two collar sections are finished with two bias cut strips of silk organza.
Whilst the collar pleases my eye and I'm particularly pleased with the way the Insert Fins are constructed the embroidery on the Main Fins may still need a richer treatment.