Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Okay, so here's the green corduroy, white arrow applique skirt. I made the design VERY simple this time. Now that I'm looking at it again, I'm still very happy with the proportions-- the smaller arrow looks good. On the other hand, now I'm wondering if I shouldn't add more arrows to the design, because it may be too simple. Ack! The madness of indecision.
All for now!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
One of my main inspiration pictures-- I love the pop art quality that the arrow applique brings to the skirt-- also like that "circle" applique skirt in the background.
I had never attempted applique, but I really wanted to try it. I kept encountering pictures of mod dresses and skirts in which applique made the fashions look like pop art. Pictures of such fashions are included to illustrate my point.
More than once, I encountered skirts and dresses that had "arrows" appliqued onto them. I fell in love with the concept and was anxious to try my hand at making a dress or skirt with arrows appliqued for pop art effect.
Right away I recognized that if I was going to applique, I probably did not want a stretchy fabric. Something stable would be easier, because memories of trying to sew pockets on stretchy fabrics still haunt me. The shifting, my god, the shifting!
And right away, I realized that I wanted to start with something simple like a skirt. So, as much as I don't like the fabrics at Joann's, I picked up some black corduroy from them, because I knew that would be a good fabric for a skirt and stable due to its lack of stretchiness. I looked online initially, but I didn't see any vintage that caught my eye. Luckily, I do not regret my choice to buy from them. Their corduroy was not a problem. Apparently, they do some things right. On the other hand, I'm a total corduroy virgin, so I have nothing to compare it with.
What was easy? Sewing the felt onto the corduroy. I thought that things would somehow end up shifting on me, but my pins kept everything in place.
What was difficult? Well, proportion was a lot harder than I expected. To get "templates" for the felt arrows, I found clip art of arrows online and then sized them on my screen. I printed them out, cut them out, and then pinned them to the felt. I then cut the felt around the template edges to get the shape I wanted. I experimented quite a bit with arrow size, but now that I'm through with the project, I recognize that the proportions could have been better. Smaller arrows would have looked better, because the larger arrows tend to be a bit overwhelming on the skirt.
I'm happy to say, though, that I still like the result and that I did a follow-up project in green corduroy with white arrows that is better proportioned.
These last two pictures show the skirt with a black turtleneck shirt-- I personally prefer the white shirt look, because it balances the proportions. This one is interesting though because the black shirt and skirt combo makes it look like a dress.
Not bad for a first try, though!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
As we hit the summer months, I'm having a more difficult time keeping up with blogging. It's the typical excuses-- good weather, traveling, etc. At the same time, I don't want to leave the blog hanging, because bad habits tend to form. Basically, if I don't make a habit of keeping up on blogging, I get in the habit of not blogging.
So, to avoid getting into a summer slump, I'm going to take a moment to post a quick blog about a vintage clothing find I had recently. In fact, I'm going to share vintage clothing finds now and then just because if you like vintage sewing, you'll probably like seeing vintage clothing finds as well.
So, here is a picture of a dress that I recently found at a store in Atlanta called Junkman's Daughter. The dress has a matching jacket. Love it! I rarely find anything vintage anywhere so it was a treat. I love the graphic detail on the front of the bodice. Would that be considered an applique?
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sorry long time, no post. It's been a busy month, and I just got back from my first ever trip to New Orleans.
I'm pretty low energy at the moment. In fact, after walking around Bourbon Street, my priority one is getting my shoes tested for STDs! Ha ha : - )
Anyway, I did want to do a post, because I don't like to leave things for this long. I have some dress and applique projects that I would like to share, but I want to explain my process thoroughly, and I don't have the energy. So, I'll just stick with a simple skirt project posting.
This skirt was made with a polyester double knit. It's a vintage one that I bought on Etsy several months ago. It's an electric blue and pink plaid. Why did I pick it? I like unexpected pattern and color combos. Sure, I love a classic red plaid too, but I do enjoy the fun result achieved when a pattern is an unexpected color.
Cute green plaid skirt modeled by the beautiful Colleen Corby
So, that's about all for now until I get my energy back.