A very quick update, Stitchers, before I get back to work, since yesterday was spent doing a whole lot of nothing. I have for you:
First off, please forgive the poor lighting. It’s crap weather out today, and I couldn’t find a good spot to hang the darned thing that took advantage of the good lighting there is to be had. So, the colors are not as vibrant as I’d like in this photo. Second, let me tell you that I am much happier with this thing now that it’s finished than I was with it before it was hemmed. Something about it really just bugged me, but now, I quite like it. ^_^
A similar process went on making this; I cut out all I would need of the fabric and then did a little hack-and-slash to add in the patchwork, which on this piece is pretty minimal. Here’s a close-up:
I stitched over the whole bit to (a) hold the inside seams together and (b) give it more of a quilted feel. I’m really pleased with how this part looks.
Aside from cool patches, this tunic also boasts the tiniest hemlines ever; they are possibly the smallest, tightest hems I’ve ever sewn:
As usual, I ironed everything first before cutting out, and I also took a lot of close up pictures of the fabric, because this fabric is particularly spectacular and looks a lot like hand painted silk. Here are some of the pictures I took, just because they were pretty:
Here’s one last shot of the tunic hanging out on a hanger whilst I try to find better lighting:
I really enjoy the way this drapes. I would have taken a picture of myself wearing it if it fit me better; turns out it’s not made for one with my boobies, so for now just sitting on the hanger will have to do. Eventually, there will be photos of my sister wearing this and it will look much more spectacular.
Thoughts on this design so far:
- I like it, but I feel like it needs some kind of tweak.
- It takes up way too much fabric; any way to make it look more patchy?
I think that’s it for now in terms of this piece. I think I’ll work on the bolero next, but there’s a small hitch in all of this: I suddenly have a hankering to make a million quilts.
I am nothing if not a creature of whimsy. And I mean that in pretty much every way a person could mean whimsy, but I especially mean it in the sense that I am a subject to my whims. And, as much as the Etsy project started out feeling like it had to be about patchwork clothes, I think I’ve moved past the point in my life where making clothes is interesting to me. I keep looking at all of this beautiful fabric I’ve bought and wondering if it would be better used as legitimate quilting fabric, turned into many little baby quilts, or table runners, or wall hangings, or anything other than a shirt, especially when I’m not 100% thrilled with the design.
To be fair, when I started the Kickstarter project, I thought it would be brilliant to make clothes out of quilt tops, but didn’t really stop to think that it had been a good while since I’d actually sat down to sew anything wearable (over a year). Now that I’m back to hemming and and worrying about drape, I wonder if all along I wanted the Etsy store to be all about quilting.
This is not to say that I won’t finish the Kickstarter project, or finish the products I promised to my amazing, amazing backers. I just think the scope of what I have in mind now is very different from what it was in March, and in keeping with my newfound desire to follow my gut where it leads, I’ve got to go with this. Does this make me dishonest, or just flaky? I’m hoping for the latter.
Thoughts, suggestions? Comment, please!
For now, back to the sewing table.