Friday, November 18, 2016

Painted Progress

With two play dates and some practise time this week, I've spent enough time working with the paint and the stencils to start feeling way more comfortable and ready for the "real thing"... although... at the same time, I'm evaluating if painting and stenciling is for me and, if it is, how and where and why would I use them.





It's been a long time since I've sewn with any kind of production style but that's what fourteen pouches call for. There is a wonderful sense of accomplishment working through the pile cutting, seam finishing, pressing under, and adding a zipper to each. And so on. Unfortunately...





... when I attempted to sew the sides and bottom together, there was absolutely no way to turn them right side out which explains with Alisa Burke's bags - above - why she adds the black tabs at each end and why a sewn side piece may have been a better choice. Hmm... live and learn.





I thought washing the canvasses might soften them. It did. It also faded the colours even though they'd been heat set them several times. That was somewhat discouraging and made me wonder about stenciling on garments that would be laundered frequently. The end result is still lovely but not as vibrant and the pouches are still too stiff to turn so - for now - while I come up with plan B - I've put them aside and moved on.





I was frustrated with the bags this morning and that did not seem the appropriate emotion for painting so I started on a refashion of a Lynn Mizono Vogue 1312 dress sewn several years ago. It's too big for me now so I'm turning it into a sweater coat starting with cutting up center front and adding a button band. The fabric I chose to go with is a grey/black check that had a selvage worth saving.



 


In the afternoon, I worked on the cardigan starting with white spirals randomly stenciled on the yoke. I wanted a darker element on top only I was TERRIFIED to just paint it on so I created the paisley stencil on a scrap of fabric and realized right away that it was too large so I....





... bravely applied one of the floral stencils attempting to get some areas lighter and some darker. I really like the layering of the two stencils.





The smaller group of floral elements was positioned off center so I added another singular flower to the left to create balance. The collar is stenciled with white spirals as well. It's only laid in place right now, not stitched, so this isn't exactly how it'll look in the end but you get the idea. Today, I'll stitch the shoulder seams and start working around to the front attempting to not overdo it and to maintain the simplicity of the design.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - painted progress

12 comments:

  1. I like your stencils. Where did you get them?
    Vancouver Barbara

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    1. The circle one is one of Diane's stencils and can be ordered from her website - dianeericson.com. The floral one is from Michael's as is the paisley.

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  2. Myrna - I really like where you are going with the dress to coat transformation, and the dynamic balance of white stenciling with the black overlay. Looking forward to seeing where you take it with future additions!

    re your canvas bag project - I have only done a little bit with bag sewing, but I have found that adding piping to the seams helps with turning bags rightside out, as the piping helps "push" the seams open. Although, if you are just doing a flat bag (front and back, no gussets or sides) it will probably not be enough to make a difference with the very stiff fabric. I found this series of bag tutorials over on ikatbag to be very educational for me:
    http://www.ikatbag.com/2013/02/make-bag-epilogue.html
    The other thing that I noticed about your inspiration bag is the little black tabs, which are not only maybe helping to turn the bag during construction, but also are there to give something to grab onto when the bag is in use, for when you zip or unzip the bag...

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    1. The dress to coat is a different garment than the stenciled one. I think it's going to turn out interesting - well actually I think both of them are going to turn out interesting. Yes, the tabs do make sense in retrospect. I think I'll end up binding the edges of these pouches because they are just too stiff for turning.

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  3. Love where you are going with the two stencils dark and light. Just a suggestion but put a little of the dark on the underside of the collar at the back? You are so clever.

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    1. Thanks. I debated that suggestion and wanted to wait until the collar was stitched in place and I could see how it sat before deciding. On the envelope, it's not the kind of collar that would get pulled up but you never know. Thanks.

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  4. I admire your ability to put something aside when it is not working out as hoped for you (which is my interpretation of where the bags were)....I tend to continue to beat my head against the wall way after it stops being productive and then go sulk.

    Have a great weekend,

    ceci

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    1. I've learned how to do that. Usually I'll do the next project and then go back. The space gives me time to think of a solution to whatever the issue was.

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  5. Thank you for this post - your work is always so inspirational for me - I have been thinking about painting my fabric & I love re-transforming my clothes. Thank you again!

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. One of the appeals of painting for me is that one-of-a-kind aspect. Enjoy.

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  6. Your stenciled back yolk/collar looks very interesting. I also appreciate your comment about using restraint in stenciling the front. I usually adhere to the logic that less is more. Thanks for sharing your work progress. Karen

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    1. Along with less is more, I've been learning to develop as I go along with clothing and not cut out or make all the decisions at the beginning but see what happens as the piece comes together. It's a fun way of working. Thanks for enjoying my work. It's fun to share.

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