All sewers have projects that remain unfinished for one reason or another. When Folkwear patterns reintroduced The Bethany Dress to celebrate their 30 year anniversary (2006), I thought I would make it for display at my booth at the Creativ Festival that year. Four years later, I stumbled on the incomplete project (while cleaning up my studio) and decided it was time.
The traditional gown was hand embroidered with faggotted seams to connect the strips of silk and the embroidered panel known as the Qabbeh was also elaborately embroidered by hand with couched gold thread and filled in with satin stitch.
As soon as I clear up the clutter around my sewing machine, I'm going to attach the Qabbeh to the dress, face the neckline, and finish up the side seams and the hem. I plan to have this dress on display at the fall Creativ Festival (Booth 830) this year!