Thursday, June 27, 2013

Five Easy Pieces

From Butterick 5925
(this one is easy, I promise).

For a week
I've been making interpretations of both versions 
of tops included in Butterick 5925.
I did eliminate the long pocket
on views C & D which makes the top 
really simple to sew and
I added 2" to the length
(because I'm tall and wanted it longer).

The first version 
in Ebony organic cotton/spandex knit
was very straightforward
(view A with B neckband)
I decided to discharge the fabric.

For the discharge design I used a new stencil
called  'Picket Fences'
that I picked up from Stencil Girl
at the Surface Design Association's Conference.

After I'd cut out the pattern pieces,
I applied Jacquard discharge paste
unevenly with a stencil brush.
Once dry, I also applied the heat from the iron
in an irregular manner --
hot and long in some places
short time and less heat in others --
so that the discharge areas have more visual interest.
I love that you never can tell exactly 
how the discharged areas are going to look.

I added some paint on top of the discharge
to give the design a bit more depth.
'Rich' is the word I'd use to describe it.

Then I found a bunch of wonderful stripes
First stripe version is
in Pirro rayon knit stripe,
a soft double-knit of grey and black
with wider stripes on one side
and narrower stripes on the other.

An added seam down the center front
with stripes on the diagonal,
(view A with B neckband)
creates a flattering look.

Another found bit of stash stripe,
(wrong side used around the neck and inside one pocket),
created a subtle design shift 
that keeps things interesting.

Top number three uses
Danny rayon knit stripe,
again cutting the fronts on the diagonal
to create cool chevrons
(view C/D no pockets).

Hem detail.

Top number four was cut out of
Augustus rayon knit stripes
(view C/D no pockets).

Can you tell how much I'm loving
those chevrons down the front?
This teal and grey combo
is exceptionally pretty.

And then there were five.
The last one was cut from
Paris Blue linen knit
(view A with B neckband)
which was lovely to sew with
and fairly floats on the body.

Because it is soft
it tends to stretch a bit when stitching
across the grain.
So be sure to 
stay-stitch the neck,
stabilize the shoulder seams
and use a walking foot (my preference)
or stay-stitch plus (Marcy's preference).
I also fused the hems in place
to add a bit more stability.

Happy stitching this Summer!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Surface Design Association Conference in San Antonio

On the porch at Jane Dunnewold's new studio.
Note the screen-printed on screen backdrop.

My latest traveling adventure 
took me to San Antonio Texas
in-ter-face Conference.

Southern hospitality at its finest!

San Antonio's beloved Riverwalk

I organized the Vendor Fair
at in-ter-face and it was a marvelous
display of stunning textiles, tools and talent.
(I provided the structure the Vendors did the rest).

Opulent Fibers from Portland presented 
a colorful feast for eyes and hands.

Restraint was impossible.

I did my best to help the Vendor economy 
and I love everything I purchased.

The Public Events page 
on the SDA website 
lists all the wonderful Vendors
in case you want to see
their beautiful goods.

But it was the people...

Elizabeth in a 'vintage' dress
Mandi in Marcy's V8904
made with fabric she
dyed and printed

...the marvelous people,
with such warm hearts,
sincere sharing,
deep connections,
obvious talent
and unbounded enthusiasm
that took things over the top!

New friends,
new inspiration, 
new time with old friends
and so much fun!!

Madeline's version of B5881 in silk
with stunning surface embellishment
Vesna at Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth Studio

Astrid in front of Jane Dunnewold's new work in Jane's Art Cloth Studio

A high school Mariachi band entertained us --
 they were adorable and talented!

A visit to Jane Dunnewold's Art Cloth Studio
for the volunteers party
was a real treat as I love her work
and it is always fun to see where artists create.

Yarn bombing Texas style

I might say there is never enough time.
I experienced the perfect amount of time 
in Texas.
It was such a rich time,
that I don't think I could have absorbed 
one more thing.

I hope there's a
next time.