Marbled Shibori

On to the next one…

Okay, so my most current make: This marbled shibori jacket…is probably my newest favorite. I am totally in love with this one.

I won’t lie to you…the process included a couple tribulations along the way, or at least what I thought might be tribulations that actually turned out to be moments of delight; like the dye I used seemed a bit too blue when I first took it out but as it dried turned to the shade of grey I had hoped it would…and I didn’t have enough gold silk (again, using up remnants!) to make the collar or cuffs gold on both sides. But! I did have enough of the pale blue lining leftover, and so the underside of both, respectively, became blue.

Honestly, the result of this jacket reminded me of a more modern version of an 1800’s tailcoat. I used a McCall’s pattern (#m7513) and the tried and true Rit dye. My intention was to shibori dye in a way that looked more marbled–hence the use of grey dye. Since grey is a less vibrant color, I thought the shibori wouldn’t appear as obvious. And it didn’t, which is exactly what I was hoping for.

 

I actually re-made these shoes many years ago. They were a basic heel that I wanted to spruce up a bit. They have a total Marie Antoinette vibe–which works perfectly with my modern looking tailcoat, reminiscent of *around* the same time period. ;)

Luckily, I had just enough gold buttons stashed away to use as closures…crisis averted. Phew ;)

I also wanted to use gold for the facings so that the entire collar would be gold, but alas–not enough gold!

 

 

Outfit details: Jeans from Gap; Shoes-Jessica Simpson heels that I re-made; Clutch from Anthropologie (No longer available); earrings from Target very long ago.

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Ice Cold Blue

I did it again. I made another ice-dyed coat. I had been dreaming up this one for quite some time, but only just executed the project. And like a lot of projects in life…it didn’t come out the way I thought it would. But, you know what they say: good things happen by accident.

For this go-around, I first made the coat out of Vogue Pattern #9212 (instead of the basic coat style of my initial sketch) with a white twill fabric and then used your tried and true Rit Dyes to do the ice dyeing.

My sketch here:

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I had actually anticipated it including a lot more white–to look more like traditional Shibori with indigo dye (kind of like the stuff in this post from a while ago) But, I think I was a bit overzealous with the dye this time around, so it ended up totally covered with blue. And even though it didn’t turn out how I had hoped…it still ended up pretty awesome.

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I thought I would make the lining totally electric, since the coat shell turned out pretty dynamic.

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I don’t currently have this listed in my Etsy shop, but if there is any interest in a custom version, please send an email my way. ;)

Remaining Outfit details:

Denim-Gap; Belt-an old men’s belt; Booties-Lucky Brand

Feeling Ruffled

Happy 2017 to everyone! It seems like every year, January 3rd is the day where everything is starting to finally settle after a long season of inevitable busy-ness, two weeks of which always seem ultra intense. It’s back to reality and starting fresh, which personally, I kind of look forward to. I like the New Year and the motivation to get a head start that it usually brings. So, even though there’s that stretch of chaos, it’s good that it comes around because otherwise we might not have that motivation to hit the restart button.

To honor the feeling of dishevelment that tags along with the holidays, in today’s post I’m wearing a taffeta/velvet ruffle skirt that I made about 2 years ago… A ruffle skirt to mark the end of feeling ruffled. ;)

 

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Like many of my other projects, the dotted taffeta was a remnant of fabric I had laying around that was plaguing me. I had to use it up somehow…and so the ruffle skirt was made.

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Outfit details: Chambray shirt: H&M; Scarf: Preston and York; Belt: Anthropologie (no longer available); Clutch: Target (no longer available) Boots: Aldo (similar here, and on sale!).

How does the end of the holiday season make you feel?

Blue Velvet with Tartan Plaid Frosting

I gotta say…I think I might have a subconscious agenda with myself about  using up all the fabric that’s been staring at me every day and wondering when they’ll finally get their cue. Every time I buy new fabric, I feel a tinge of guilt about the fabric I already have at home. But, that’s one of those things with us sewers…we have a bad habit of stockpiling fabric “just because”… because we know that the “right” project for said fabric will come along–maybe in a few days…or maybe in a few months/years. Well, ladies and gentlemen, I assure you, I finally stumbled upon the “right” project for this GORGEOUS blue velvet fabric.

And here’s how the story goes…

It’s been a long time coming for this cobalt blue velvet to get its turn. I knew I wanted to make something really stand-out with it, because it’s pretty stand-out fabric. I used a Vogue coat pattern (#8465) and decided to do a cool fabric contrast, partly because I didn’t have enough blue velvet to use for the sleeves and collar.

At first, I used re-purposed leather for the collar and sleeves, thinking the contrasting material would look really interesting. Well, it did…but something just wasn’t laying right. So…out came the seam ripper and on the coat went some leftover black twill from this jacket that I blogged about a few weeks ago.

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The decision to use plaid taffeta for the collar lining happened sort of last minute. I needed something to use, and there was literally just enough left to use for the lining. Turned out to be the right decision, I think.

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Outfit details:

Coat made by me; pants from H&M-similar here; Booties from DSW (no longer available).

A Coat with a Statement

This month on the cover of Vogue was a feature on Statement Coats. I just love to see coats getting their rightful attention. Yes. I do make things other than coats, I promise. But coats and jackets have just always been my thing. I don’t know why I am so drawn to them, but to me a great coat is a game-changer. And maybe it’s because I am from the North Coast, or as our family calls it, the “Fresh Coast” in Ohio…where we’re not quite East enough to be considered the East coast, but we’re certainly not that Mid either, even though we are always categorized with the rest of the mid-west. Anyway, being from the Fresh Coast, we most definitely get our fair share of cold. So, when you have these cold winters with not much to look forward to other than making snow angels, well a GREAT coat is an ABSOLUTE necessity in the Fresh Coast wardrobe. It definitely adds excitement to getting dressed on those cold days, too.

Well, this one my friends, is a very special one. I’ve been waiting patiently to debut her, too…if only this Ohio weather would make up its mind. And I will preface by saying, this particular coat is not for sale- BUT I can always do custom orders to color/size specifications, just send an email my way. ;)

Sometimes, when you least expect it is when the inspiration strikes. And that is how this one was. I knew when I was hunting and gathering my materials that THIS one was certainly going to be one of those game-changing coats. A definite statement coat. She’s quite possibly my favorite to date.

Here is my Before picture that I posted on Instagram…

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And after…

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Place for bird watching.

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Watched some birds! Ducks :)8

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My original design for this coat involved a fur collar. And thanks to my vintage hoarding habit, I found one stashed away. This one is faux chinchilla fur. There are some other fur collars for sale in my Etsy store, here.

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Applique applied by hand. Time consuming? Yes. Worth it? Of course.

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Outfit details:

Coat: Made by me (Although this particular coat is not for sale through my Etsy shop, if you email me about a custom order, I’m sure we can work something out.) Fur collar: Vintage, similar here.

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: DSW (no longer available)

Basking in Shibori Glory

A rush of Adrenalin. This is what happens to me when I have a creative light bulb go off. This is also what happened to me the other day when I was wandering around the fabric store, lost in my head of ideas but probably appearing dazed and confused. I can assure you, I was not dazed and confused, only entirely consumed by the right side of my brain.

This post brings you that flashing light bulb. A shibori dyed sweatshirt. I know, I know…”there she goes with her dyeing again”…but you guys…I’m seriously into it, and my addiction is only getting stronger. Textile science is so cool, and the nerd in me obviously agrees. What is sooo awesome about shibori is that it is near impossible to replicate something identically. Every piece of shibori is one-of-a-kind, unique to itself…just like you and me! :D (*Enter cheesy, after school special song*) Seriously though, no two pieces are the same, and truthfully you never really know what you’re going to get until the process is done.

Well, I went a little shibori crazy. I started out just doing the sweatshirt, which I have listed in my Etsy shop, and which you can purchase from 7 color choices, and 4 size choices. But then as I was standing there with a giant pot of dye in front of me, I thought…”what else can I throw in here?” So, I went ahead and also made a 100 % cotton shibori scarf, (also available made to order in 9 color choices) and 2 100% silk purses–which are listed in the Etsy shop, as well.

Check out my Shibori glory below:

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One-of-a-Kind evidence, right here. I was totally in awe when I noticed what looks like little perched owls on the front of this sweatshirt. There ain’t no way that is happening again.

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What else is so cool about shibori dyeing is how different textiles take the dye in their own way due to their own properties. If you look at the cotton scarf and the silk purse-you can see how the color differs slightly.

 

Outfit details:

Shibori scarf, purse, sweatshirt: Found here!

Gap slim straight denim

BedStu Sonic booties, no longer available but similar here.