Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Tunic for Clare

To make this tunic for Clare, I revisited a dress I had made for an exhibition called How You Make It. The exhibition finished touring last year, and with the garments recently returned to me, I decided to re-work one of the pieces.

To make the original dress, I pulled apart a dressing gown and made facings from a silk chemise. For Clare's version I pulled all the pieces apart again and turned the facings toward the outside. There are roulo ties at the neck and sides, and hooks and eyes at the front.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

A DJ Wax toy for DJ Wax

My pal Ned (aka DJ Wax) turned 30 a little while back. I made him a soft toy in his likeness. Note the creepy blue vein running through his right schnipple!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A Top for Miss Susan

I pulled apart a second-hand satin (I think it's rayon) top to make this top for Susan. It was originally a wrap-around halter-neck thing, but once pulled apart I re-draped the pieces as a racer-back. It ties loosely at the front, but remains open.

After watching the recent Valentino documentary, I had a hankering for an entirely hand-stitched garment. I roll-hemmed all the edges before slip-stitching the pieces together. I'd love to do more of this sort of work, but PhD time is running out and I'd like to make quite a few more pieces before examination...

A Scarf for Mojo

I hoard cotton lace. Mojo's scarf is made from metres and metres of the stuff - I gathered it haphazardly onto several strands of hat elastic, before adding pom-poms and plastic beads on finger-knitted yarn.

The yarn was my grandmother's. I aquired it a few years ago - as her only granddaughter, I was lucky enough to inherit all her needlework materials and sewing equipment when she was no longer able to use them. She turned 96 last October!