Thursday, April 8, 2010
Jacket called Surprise
I'd been thinking about this fabric for a long time trying to decide how to use it. It's such a bold pattern that it doesn't fit just anywhere. I like to use unusual fabrics and unexpected combinations, but I also like to make jackets for "real" women to wear in their "real" lives--jackets that make subtle statements rather than screaming at you. This fabric could easily be a screamer so I was stumped for a long time.
Once I got all the holes cut and faced, I laid the outer fabric over the Shibori pieces again to check the design. I liked what I saw, but felt that it needed something a little more. I'd topstitched around each of the openings in a matching thread and it just seemed a little bland. I'd originally imagined creating little "frames" around each hole using bias strips of shot silk in shades of blue and green, but had discarded that idea as too difficult to implement. I decided to try couching threads around the openings instead. I had a nice thick and thin thread in shades of blue, green and purple and thought I'd try it.
Here's the result. I'm very pleased with it. I love the way it echoes the Shibori pattern and really makes it pop.
I finished all the holes today, so now I'm ready to start putting all the pieces together. That part will go along more quickly, but we'll see what other design changes I find I need as I put it together. That's for tomorrow.