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.
It all starts with PFD fabric, glass marbled, rubber bands and a good movie.
After time in the dye buckets, a couple of rinses, the marbled and rubber bands must come out. My hands turn interesting colors, but wears off in a few days.
Navy Blue Rayon Top.
One Half of the three yard piece of Blue/Green.
Detail of Blue/Green
One Half of the three yard piece of Violet/Turquoise.
Silk Scarf. Silk is a bit of a challenge to work with.
This is how it all started. I had been wanting to create the long version of the Kimono Jacket, after all it has pockets and is easy to wear. This button from JJ Handworks was my inspiration. I also wanted to use some to the pieces that I had created using paintstiks on hand dyed fabric combined with hand marbled fabric and a beautiful batik.
I wanted to experiment with different styles of fill in Free Motion Machine Quilting and thread. So each section is a bit different design and thread. I have fallen in love with Wonderfil Thread. This was a wonderful way to get to know some of their different threads and I had a great time playing with thread.
I will confess that the Left side (the black with all the falling leaves) is not the original panel. I did one using thread and I was just not happy with the way it turn out. By that time I no longer had any more of the original batik. I know me and if I don’t love my wearable pieces I won’t wear them. So the jacket was on hold until inspiration hit.
I’m part of a Art Quilt group and one day we were playing with paintstiks and this idea just sort of fell together and Im so happy with the way Kimono Leaves turned out. It was worth all of the time and energy.
The Modern Poet is a pattern by Dana Marie Design Co. It has several different collar and cuff variations, you can make it to suit your mood. I used Hand Marbled Chocolate brown fabric to the cuffs and collar and a very mottled hand dyed Chocolate Brown for the body. Brown is a mix of color, because I didn’t agitate the fabric much, it did something thing crazy. But I liked the effect and decided to use it for the garment anyway.
Sunshines on My Shoulder is an early version of wearable art. You have to start somewhere. This is a pattern by Dana Marie and design Co. called Kimino Jacket and Vest
This pattern is made from Dana Marie Design Co. pattern Contemporary Classics and it really does not look at all like the pattern photo. I had a vision and it turned out even better than I had dreamed. I used hand marbled fabric for the front and back panels. The rest of the jacket is hand dyed fabric. The entire jacket is quilted and took hour to complete. But the jacket itself is really easy to put together. It’s easy and comfortable to wear.
I used hand dye, hand marbled and Amish black fabric to make the short version of the Versatile Vest, by Dana Maria Design Co. This was still in the early stages of wearable art for me, so it doesnt have any quilting or embellisment.
Jakarta is one of my favorite patterns by Dana Marie Design Co. It is comfortable to wear, doesn’t itch and has pockets. What more could you ask for? The front is hand marbled and batiks fabrics (eight different fabrics in all) with hand dyed lavender bias strips separating the pieces. I just realized that this photo has the old closure on the jacket. It took several tries before I found the perfect one.