This otherwise basic little black dress gets most of its personality from the wonderful trim at the front neckline.
Gathered fabric strips outline some subtle beading with iridescent blue beads - bugles, seed beads, and sphericals - and tiny rhinestones.
A couple of rhinestones were missing, and quite a few of the spherical beads. Also, the gathered bands were detached in many places.
Re-attaching the gathered bands was easy. Finding just the right spherical beads was impossible. So, we decided to remove some of the beads from the shoulder/corner areas and move them down into the empty spots. You can see in this photo where I took beads off of the left end of the bottom row. I also ended up taking off some beads from the end of the top row and re-placing them so that the row now goes up the center of the corner area.
Here is the neckline after the bead work was completed. I restitched through all the spherical beads actually, because the thread was quite fragile throughout.
The final step was replacing the missing rhinestones. I found some little Swarovski crystals in the same size. They are the two in this photo that appear a bit pinker.
And here is the finished project. I think that the subtlety of the combination of the iridescent blue beads on the shiny black satin is quite elegant.
Dress and photo courtesy of Basya Berkman Vintage Fashions.