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