Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wren Variation and Knit Denim leggings

Yet another Wren variation. They are just so comfy and quick to make, I love them!
 It's Colette's Wren pattern again. https://www.colettepatterns.com/catalog/wren
 I just keep adding to the skirt to make it fuller.
 The fabric is Gertie's rayon knit which can be found at Joann's.
 Rayon knit is so soft, flexy, and a bit slinky.
 I also made another pair of organic cotton knit denim leggings.
 The fabric really is lovely! Soft stretchy yet not too thin!
 This denim really has a denim feel and look. I found this at Organic Cotton Plus: http://organiccottonplus.com/collections/knits-thermal/products/copy-of-stretch-denim-65-indigo-knit
"So much of the satisfaction in life is in taking a risk for the thing you love"
Rod MacIver

Thursday, April 21, 2016

John's Ribbon Shirt

One of the main reasons I started sewing was because I wanted to make a ribbon shirt. Well, Years later....... here is the first one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OOOOOOH YEAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My friend John chose the fabric and we worked on the design together.

Silver indian head buttons look so good against the black.

I used an old McCall's 4530 men's western shirt pattern.

I am thrilled with how this came out!!!!!!!!!!!
The shirt really speaks for himself. 
The ribbons are fabulous! It is difficult to enjoy their full luster in these photos. One of the ribbons is gold on one side and deep purple velvet on the other!

AHHH!!!!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 I did thread painting on the gold fabric and then applied that with appliqué onto the cotton shirt fabric. This kind of work takes me a long time but it's well worth it!
I LOVE this shirt!!!!!!!!!!
And so does John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"The will of color loves how light spreads
through it's diffusions, making textures subtle,.......
Of what dream and work would bring."
John O'Donohue

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Wood Block printed Wren Dress

YAY!!!!!! A wood block hand printed Wren dress. 
I used the Wren Dress pattern from Colette Patterns. https://www.colettepatterns.com/catalog/wren
I added a lot of fabric to the front panels because I like my dresses to drape off of my belly rather than hug my belly. I do this by adding a upside-down v shape in my pattern to the middle section of the front panel and adding to the center front panels on the inside seam.
What I am very excited about is the wood block prints! Colette gave a tutorial on her blog about this last summer and I am finally getting around to doing it. Here is Colette's inspiration:https://blog.colettehq.com/inspiration/creating-a-block-print-lily-5-tips-tricks

The paint is from Darma Trading co. http://www.dharmatrading.com/paints/jacquard-textile-colors.html I also got linoleum wood blocks to carve my own designs! http://www.dharmatrading.com/tools/mounted-linoleum-blocks.html

I am so excited about continuing to explore this option of art and design!

The only concern I have is how long will the paint really hold up in the wash? I will be testing that out. So far I have washed this 3 times in cold water and all is well.

The possibilities are ENDLESS!!!!!!

"When the wind blows
the grass
whistles and whispers
in myths and riddles
and not in our language...."
Mary Oliver

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ceylon dresses for France

Cylon dresses for  my friend in France!
I used Colette's pattern for the Ceylon dress. https://www.colettepatterns.com/catalog/ceylon

For the black dress I used brocade silk.

and used the sleeve from Nicola dress from Victory patterns.http://www.victorypatterns.com/products/nicola/

I decided to use the same fitting and do another ceylon dress using cotton fabric and silk lining. 

I also made a bolero or "Victory Jacket" from Sew Chic Patterns for the cooler days and evenings. 

Oh! I do miss France and hope to be there again one day with my friend!!!!!