Thursday, October 16, 2008

Phew: What a Week!

It's been a wild and crazy week! That said, I'm pleased to say that both C and I have survived it knew that Barker would!!

I will begin with the last (and best!) first: I've been playing around with Susan Conn Italo's Wild Onion Jacket. Susan's master pattern shows the jacket reversible and completed with its seams exposed and bound on the outsides. I wanted a jacket that was reversible but didn't have exposed seams. Not being a pattern planner person, I emailed Susan and we discussed my plan. She encouaged me to proceed, and so I did. After a few extra seams sewn and frogged, here's my completed jacket front:


lining front:

lining front with 'real front' showing:

lining back
lining detail:

I was unsure as to the sizing and my construction ideas on this jacket, so I purchased some very inexpensive muslin from my local fabric store with the thought of making a sloper. Then I just couldn't resist playing around with the muslin, adding some dyes, discharging a few, waxing more, bleaching a little, printing more, etc.

I am pleased to report that the jacket pattern is totally reversible and that it fits me to a TEE!! I am so in love with the Wild Onion Jacket pattern!!! Thanks Susan!!

Scarves: I've been having a wonderful time dyeing silk scarves!! I was pleased to see that my friend Gerrie's gorgeous silk scarf donation to the Surface Design Association's online auction had done so well. Go Gerrie!! Next year, I plan to make my donation. In the mean time, here is one of this week's creations on silk charmeuse:

It is my interpretation of Autumn in Georgia, with the maize colored grasses and leaves and also the crimson Dogwood leaves. I LOVE Autumn in Georgia!

here's the detail of Maize:

The Silk Painters group that I belong to has a monthly challenge/theme and this month's is Autumn. I haven't submitted mine yet, but here it is:

I've rediscovered the love that I once had for free form painting on silk with acid dyes! This scarf was so much fun to create!!! It all began a week ago when Barker and I walked at sunset on the golf course. The setting sun against the autumn leaves and sky was breathtaking and very inspirational.

Another view

and a bit of detail:

Here's a tee that I've been tinkering with for a month or two:

Here's another tee that I have finished off for myself:

I am short on seasonal tees for myself, so I am finally getting a chance to stock up on a few for the cooler months!

Our friends John and Troy have opened a cute little shop just off of the square in GainesVegas: Creations by John and Troy. They do not have a website yet, but if you are in the area and you are in need of gorgeous cut flowers by the stem at a very reasonalbe price, check them out on Bradford Street. They are now carrying my one-of-a-kind hand-dyed silk scarves, plus many other lovely pieces by local artisans.



Gerrie said...

Wow! What a feast for the eyes! My fave is the painted scarf with acid dyes. That is just gorgeous.

Eva Hagbjärn said...

WOW, from me too! I love them all, tees, scarfs and the colors.

Kram Eva

Vicki W said...

Your WO jacket turned out great!

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

You have started my day with a fashion show of beautiful wearable art! The Wild Onion jacket turned out so pretty. I also love the trees and colors on the autumn scarf.

Beverly said...

Wow, all those pieces are gorgeous! I especially love the first scarf, and the jacket is great- I will have to check out that pattern line.

Jeannie said...

Wow! (Seems to be the theme here!) The Wild Onion jacket turned out beautiful and the scarves are gorgeous! My fave is the autumn scarf, no the first one, oh dang, I can't make up my mind! Have a great weekend.

Carol said...

Okay, I have to say it too, WOW!!! Judy, your work just keeps getting better - so beautiful. I think you're a true artist as well as being a brilliant "maker". Love & hugs ooxx