Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Jacket for Big Ol' C

A few months back I found a gorgeous vintage cotton kimono on etsy. I love unpicking kimonos; I admire the hand-stitched construction, and enjoy taking my time when undoing the folds and seams.

This particular kimono became a jacket for Carla. The original sleeves were re-attached upside-down, with gathering at the sleeve head (technically, there probably isn't such thing as a sleeve head in a kimono sleeve, on account of its rectangular shape... but you get my meaning).

The bodice is fitted, with a flat collar detail on the back. The centre front fastens with hooks and eyes.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

A Belt for Sven

This belt is for my pal Svenja. It is crocheted cotton yarn. Word.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

A Waistcoat for Ma

Another organic cotton waistcoat, this time for my Ma.

The pattern shapes are the same as those used in Mox's waistcoat, but assembled in a different way. I am a very lazy patternmaker - I often work with the same patterns over and over again, playing with the pieces in different configurations.

I don't sketch before I start - I like not knowing exactly where i'm going!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

A Waistcoat for Mox

I have been making wing-shaped garments for a while now. I love to drape fabric from the shoulder blades, and play with side-to-side silhouettes. The latest manifestation of this approach takes the form of a waistcoat for my pal Michelle.

I took the wing theme one step further this time - I added feathers. The size and shape of these 'feathers' were carried over from some ovoid/lozenge shapes that I have been stenciling as part of recent works on paper.

The main fabric is a lightweight organic cotton. The colourful 'feathers' are a tartan polyester taffeta. I cut the polyester into the small shapes, fraying some of the ends. I then placed a dab of fray-stopper on each - dabs through which I later handstitch the feathers to the body of the garment (resting assured that the feathers would not fray to the point of pulling off). I love fiddly, slow work!

I also made her a hat inspired by Elsa Schiaparelli's 'Mad Caps' of the 1930's. Here you can see what the tartan looked like, before I chopped it into little pieces!