Monday, August 22, 2011

Another New Project

Early this summer I started a project just for myself. I wanted to have a project that I could pick up and work on at any time and that would be easy to transport on trips and to various appointments. I had found a wonderful white cotton jacket that is relatively unstructured at a Thrift shop for $1~~ I dyed it periwinkle, using the parfait method so it would not be solidly colored.

Then I started layering and stitching. I have been building up quite a stash of hand dyed linens and scraps of favorite sun prints and I simply started composing with them on the back of the jacket.
The sleeves were turned up and the cuffs and tacked back and were way to short of r my long arms. I un tacked them and added the orange-pink deep trim with a row of french knots and the sleeves were then perfect and extra special!! Above the cuffs you can see the left front of the jacket which has a central piece of one of my favorite sun prints from last fall.
Since I have taken this picture of the back I have added quite a few more stitches and several more bits of cloth, a few more raggedy roses and several more buttons. When I am not working on the jacket, I have worn it . It has caused a bit of discussion which is always such fun!!

I will post more in process photos soon!

I think that I will be on the lookout for more pieces of clothing like this. They just might start to show up in my ETSY shop as unique one of a kind art garments!!

8 comments:

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Love it! And I love the idea that you are already wearing your work-in-progress!

Anna said...

Nice work Elizabeth! Having a project that you can carry with you is so important. I hate when I am in between (and right now I am!)

Christine said...

Ooh! I like that! Love that you use a lot of color, too! :)

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

What a great idea Elizabeth. So far it looks fab. Can't wait to see the finished(is it ever finished really?) product. Do model it for us will you? xox Corrine

Pretty Things said...

That is GORGEOUS! I love what you do!

Marilyn Rock said...

Looks fantastic; what a great idea!

Susan Elliott said...

This is such fun. All those bright colors and dyes just draw me right in! And your sunprints...well, I'm lucky to have some of them and I think they're terrific! It's a great idea to combine them all into wearable art.

underatopazsky said...

Wow, you've been so busy! I love the monochrome cuff. As you said on my blog the other day, "limitations can be so freeing at times" - and it certainly resulted in a stunning piece of jewellery!
The jacket is stunning and I can't wait to see what you make with your 'bead soup'!

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