This was one of the most challenging projects I have ever designed. The recipient was a competitive skater in her day. She provided 4 costumes, all of which were sequined, sparkly and very slippery. Although the fabrics weren’t stretchy, I fused interfacing to the backs and fray-checked every cut edge to make them behave.
I knew that the patriotic vest and white lacy bodysuit would work well together. I overlaid the vest on top of the blouse. A strip of the rainbow outfit was used as a cummerbund. I wanted to include all the fabrics on each side of the pillow, so I created a gold medal out of the neon yellow costume.
The other side was a bit of a challenge. I created pillows for this person in the past using crazy quilt designs which would have worked nicely. However I discovered a quilt block called Marcie’s Maze and given that the recipient was named Marcy, albeit spelled slightly differently, I knew this would make a great side.
Not only did I reposition sequins for this side, I also appliqued the name tags that had been sewn into the costumes. I created the piping from the striped fabric as well. I originally wanted the yellow and the white to be reversed but it looked too much like sunny-side up eggs.