Create a Wearable Art Garment!

If you are looking to create a Wearable Art Garment this pattern (Kwik Sew K4104) gives you space to play.  The Lined Open Front Jacket is pretty easy to construct.  It took me longer because of all the embellishments and Quilting that were added.  When I plan to Quilt on a garment constructed with Hand Dyed Cotton Fabric, I always use Flannel as batting.  The Flannel has been washed and dried a minimum of three times in very hot water and dried in a hot dryer.  This is done to get any possible shrinkage out of the way. 

Kwik Sew 4104 Open Jacket

First Cutting

Because I planned to Quilt on this garment, I initially cut the fabric out one-inch larger than the pattern pieces.  This allows for any shrinkage that occurs during Quilting and Embellishing. 

Paper pattern showing the extra one inch added.

Accent Designing 

Accent colors are Hand Dyed Lavender, Sky Blue and Marbled Cerulean.  The strips were made using a ¼” Bias Tape Maker.  The Ultimate Marking Pencil (UMP) was used to draw the lines for strip placement.  After sewing down the colored strips, I used a hot iron (Steam or no Steam, works both ways) to remove the UMP lines.  At this point I felt a little stumped, things didn’t look right, my creative eye was not happy.  Thinking it was time to put the project into a Time Out.  My sister suggested that I hang the jacket on my new dress form to see what I thought.  Realized that I had been constructing in 2D and my brain had been dreaming in 3D.  With a few minor adjustments and I was ready to move on. 

Shows the drawn lines and color placement.

Quilting Design


The Ultimate Marking Pencil is used to draw very basic Quilting outlines.  I always allow myself the freedom to create and adjust as I am Quilting.  The beauty of the UMP is if you are not pleased with the design you can iron it away.  I love the face that once I am done Quilting, I can iron away the markings and no one knows that I Quilted outside the lines.

Shows proposed quilting lines drawn with UMP.

Quilting


Quilting takes time, give yourself time to Quilt.  I always use extra pieces of Cotton and Flannel to do a sample to find the right thread, needle, stitch length and tension.  Remember everything is a huge adventurous experiment.

Close up of Tone on Tone Quilting.

Second Cut


My Fabric has been created.  Time to cut out and mark everything.  Construction of the jacket took less time than making the fabric.  The pattern called for tons of Understitching, so I chose to leave an opening in the lower center back of the lining.  It made it easier to get to all of the places to Understitch.  I sew it up by hand when everything was finished.

Paper pattern piece on quilted and embellished fabric.

Finished Wearable Art Jacket

This is View A, but with all of the Embellishments and Quilting I chose to put pockets in the side seams instead if the Welt Pockets.  Jackets need pockets in my world. This is how I Create a Wearable Art Garment.

Front view of finished jacket K4104.
Back of finished jacket.
3/4 view of finished jacket K4104.

Mandarin Collar

Finished my Marbling and have move to making samples of new Patterns. Mandarin Collar is Kwik Sew K4195. This is the Vest Version. Personally I think it is a Sleeveless Top. Went for bright and fun fabrics, Snowed Dyed Fabric, one Yard piece and 1 5/8 Yards of Hand Dyed Forest Green for size Large.

Mandarin Collar Kwik Sew Pattern K4195

I found the Mandarin Collar to be a fairly easy pattern to put together. As I have a new sewing machine there was a bit of a learning curve and just getting used to the machine.

Completed  Mandarin Collar Top
Back View

When I do samples for my booth I try very hard to sew as the pattern is written. But the way the directions had you do the Sleeve Opening, was not to my liking at all. Instead I found my self using hand made Bias Tape (Snow Dyed Fabric) for the finish. I also had five of the Copper and Silver buttons, so five buttons rather then the suggested four.

Close up of Sleeve Bias Band

Loved using my Snowed Dyed fabric for the Contrast.

Snow Dyed Fabric

Silhouette Dragonflies

Silhouette Dragonflies is finally done.  It has a saga behind it.  I created a Snow Dyed Yard of Fabric about Four years ago.  It hung in my studio until this Spring.  Had some ideas but never seemed to have the time to make anything out of it.  Then I saw Silhouette Dragonflies by Diane McGregor (Yes, you can find it on my Website).  I ordered it on a Thursday, it arrived on Monday and I had the unfinished top in my booth on Friday.  It just makes me happy to see the finished Wallhanging.  Please note it can also be used as a table runner.
Please be aware that with Snow Dyed Fabrics no two pieces are ever the same.  I dye three yards of fabric in one pile of snow, sometimes they come out looking like cousins, other times they look like they are from different planets.  And trying to create a repeat is really an exercise in futility, it never works.  My suggestion is, find a Snow Dyed piece that speaks to you and go from there.

Blue Green Circles Top

My most recent project is a fun swingy pullover top.  Yes, I have the pattern on my website.  I started with PFD White Cotton fabric and a Tone on Tone White Cotton Fabric.

Hand Dyed everything Blue Green.  I love the variety of hand dying the cotton fabric, it turns Tone on Tone into something really fun and unique.

Finished top, yippie, had the right light for a good photo.

Back, fun to wear and fits nicely.  The pattern was easy to make.

Now, for a behind the scenes look.  This is my favorite place to take photos of samples.  Braving the snow was easy after digging out my gaiters.

Beautiful if you are working from home.

Autumn Pavers

Time for a new Pavers Kit.  This one I’m calling Autumn.  Rich gorgeous Batiks in beautiful Autumn colors, all set in a stunning Hand Dyed Dark Chocolate Brown.  Color that make me dream of going for long walks in the Forest.  Miss Molly, want to go for a truck ride?

Autumn_Pavers_KitYou can almost get a whiff of the forest.Autumn_Pavers_Kit_CUFinished top, no time yet for quilting.  You will find the kit with or without the pattern on my web site.
Autumn_Pavers

Butterfly & Dragonfly Garden – Tibetan Curves

Tibetan_Curves_FrontEvery project starts somewhere.  This one started with a yard of Snow Dyed Fabric and a jacket pattern.  My Snow Dyed Fabric is dramatic and I did not want it to compete with the body of the jacket.  I hand dyed the jacket fabric and the flannel fabric for the batting.  But it needed something else to give it life.  That lead to experiments with all of the blue paintstiks in my stash.
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Finally selected Iridescent Dark Blue for the Butterflies and Dragonflies.  Then I was stumped on how to quilt the pieces.
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Got inspired by an issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.  I do love it when a plan comes together and it turned into a Garden for the Butterflies and Dragonflies.  I love the subtle use of the paintstiks.

Falling Leaves Jacket

Kimono_Jacket_FrontFalling Leaves is one of my favorite jackets, it is easy to wear and it has pockets.  It is also a paintstik project that evolved, it started as a simple jacket and ended up rather dramatic, never fails to attract attention.
Kimono_Jacket_BackThe original panels are the ones you see on Hand Dyed Gold fabric.  I uses a wide variety of leaf and vine stencils, Matte Sap Green and Meadow Green with a light wash of Iridescent Copper on the edges for the panels.  Below is a close-up of the back panel.
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The black (Left Side) of the jacket is were it received it name, I was walking in the wood with the dogs and saw the leaves falling and knew that was the way to finish the jacket.  The same paintstik colors but on black this time.
Falling_Leaves