Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Fabric looking for a pattern



Every now and then I get into a surface embellishment mode, which often expresses itself in dyeing, or in this case, discharge dyeing. For a while there I wanted to dye play with every piece of velvet I could find. Now this was not cotton or silk velvet but the 100%rayon velvet that comes in lots of colors. This particular piece, about 3 yards, was the classic dark Christmas green velvet. I twisted it, clamped it, and discharged the bejeepers out of it. What you see is the result and I love this fabric. I pull it out and stare at it when I need inspiration or just want to touch something lush. Playing with all the velvets taught me that I really really like washed velvets and I now machine wash any and all rayon velvets that make it into my lair. It gives them a lush hand that is similar to a silk velvet.

You never know quite what you will get when you discharge dye and this piece was no exception. The brilliant yellows really blew me away.

I have often wondered what to make with this piece. Nothing has clicked so far. Maybe I just don't want to give it up just yet. But I truly haven't found the right design. I have thought of one of those loose jackets with a long contrast neckline opening, but other than that, which doesn't excite me, I can't think of anything else. Any and all suggestions would be graciously entertained. I am petite so nothing too overwhelming. It would be great to have something out of this for the holidays. Oh, please don't say a skirt. I was one of the original hippies so that type of garment just is not something I want to do again. What would you make with 3 yards of hand dyed velvet? Or is this piece just for staring at?

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The cashmere jacket is fitted and all cut out now. I ordered my acro and other supplies from Vogue and am waiting for that to come in. The jacket will be interlined with flannel so I need to get that before I proceed. I am giving serious thought to mounting my interfacings on the flannel and then underlining. I think this will give a smoother look to the shell with no ridge show thru from the interfacing. We'll see. I have usually done my coats with traditional tailoring methods but thought I might try this technique which I have read about in more than one place. Till the mailman arrives........Bunny

4 comments:

  1. That IS gorgeous fabric and I too was thinking jacket.
    I have a beautiful piece of velvet with flowers and gold design that I bought for a jacket two years ago. I really need to get off my butt and stop playing around with patchwork and make it before the snow starts flying and it's not warm enough to wear.

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  2. How about a throw for the bed? And maybe a cushion as well? You could cuddle up to it as often as you pleased! Not a garment I know, but you could enjoy it more often:)

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  3. Beautiful! Discharging velvet is a lot of fun - you never know what you'll get. I got the most incredible golds and oranges from a black velvet one time. I'd made a jacket like this ones from BWOF: http://www.burdafashion.com/en/Magazines/Archives/119_A_Jacket_120_A_Pants_trousers_technical_drawing/1270777-1463237-1654561-1654565-1654716-1654718.html The pattern is actually for knits, but with the shape, you could probably get away with the velvet. Trimmed in satin it would be marvelous for the holidays. I have that issue, so if you want me to trace the pattern and copy the instructions for you, I'd be more than happy to.

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  4. The green part prevents this from being a throw in our bedroom or guest room. For some reason I can't get the link to work, Summerset. You are so gracious to offer. Is there a link on your blog that shows the jacket? I certainly don't want you to go thru the effort until I see it. Thank you so much.
    I have been drawn to using some sort of textural contrast, maybe charmeuse if it's the right color. I really do need to start getting BWOF. What I have seen lately of their designs are awesome and I would love to dip my toes in the pool. Thanks so much for the responses.

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