Monday, November 11, 2013

The Perfect Place To Practice

This weekend, I spent quite a bit of time in the studio working on the skirt to cardigan refashion. It seems I should rename it the skirt to coat refashion because it's really more coat-like than cardigan-ish and especially as I plan to line it. But not yet. First, I have to finish sewing the outer layer.




The panels of the original skirt were sewn right sides together with green zigzag stitching over the serged seams. One way to blend the new bodice with the to be refashioned skirt was to bring the green upward. I started by ironing fusible web to the back of a lime green linen-like fabric and then cut 1/8" bias strips with the rotary cutter. Because they were on the bias, they would - hopefully - be easy to manipulate.




I wanted to create the design first and stitch it in place before cutting out the individual pieces just in case the stitching shrunk the finished size so I started by chalk tracing the under sleeves onto the right side of the fabric and...




... marking the hem allowance. The hem is 1 1/2" so I marked that position plus the 3" position of the turned up hem as I didn't want the design to stray into that area.




Then I lay the strips in a back and forth design across the under sleeve and fused them in place and then zigzag stitched over them with rayon thread. And then I practiced...




... making curvy lines because underneath the sleeve seemed like the perfect place to practice and I knew I wanted curvy lines on the center front and back panels.




One of my goals is to bring the elements I enjoy in my textile work into my fashion work. The piece above is called Magenta With Green. It's from an exhibit in January 2010 that I shared with a ceramic artist. I had three walls with three themes - color, line & shape, and texture. Each wall had a grouping of three pieces that totaled 24" x 72". On the color wall, there were three 24" square pieces.




This piece recently came back from the gallery and is sitting against the wall in the studio waiting to be hung. I happened to glance at it while stitching the green strips in place and realized that I had - indeed - brought an element forward. Skinny lines. YES YES ! ! ! !

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - memory and memories

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for including process pictures---seeing the green lines laid out before the main pieces are cut helped me with a problem I was having in my own refashion project. I love the ideas that you work with!!

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    1. You're welcome. I'm glad it was helpful. Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. 1/8" strips? That sounds, erm... masochistic. The magenta piece is beautiful.

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    1. LOL - it was easy with the rotary cutter and ruler. Just line it up right and roll. Thanks. I like that magenta one as well.

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  3. I think you're onto something! Looks fun too. Elle

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    1. It's very fun - engaging - which is really helpful right now. Gets my mind off other things.

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  4. You write well, sew well and have so much to offer....your VOGUE copy opening is.... A W F U LLLLL!! please find a new headliner.

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    1. LOL - I imagine I'll change it eventually when I'm ready to but the story of why I picked that header is in the first posting - http://blog.myrnagiesbrecht.com/2012/11/800-rip-shred.html. Perhaps it'll make more sense when you read that.

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