New Each Time

It all started with this one.
A jacket using the very last of a beautiful speckled kimono silk, creamy white with little sparkling spots woven in. I pieced it with other white silks into the jacket below.
A customer liked it and asked for the same in a different size. She understood, that because I’d used the last of the speckled silk, her jacket would be pieced with a different fabric. Hers would have a fabric with a swirling brushlike design.
I liked the results, interesting things were happening with the interaction of the design elements.
So I made another one, similar, but different and brought it to the ACC San Francisco show.
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And a new customer, looking for a mother of the bride jacket, saw it and asked for one in her size.
Below, in process, the latest version.
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I love how they are like siblings in a family, same ingredients, same environment but each completely different.

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  1. Karina Buck
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely beautiful Ann!

  2. Diane
    Posted September 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

    Your work is lovely! Do you teach, or do guild programs? (I’m in Eugene).

    Thanks – Diane

  3. Posted September 10, 2017 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Ann, simply lovely. I love the improvisation and how each jacket takes you further.

  4. Linda Shewbridge
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 12:06 am | Permalink

    They are so beautifully designed and the silk fabric makes the jackets shine.

  5. Kathie Brownlee
    Posted September 11, 2017 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Gorgeous!!! Nicer than most designers for sure.

  6. ceci
    Posted September 12, 2017 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    These are lovely – the way you manage to make pieced fabric as fluid and drape-y as a solid piece is so amazing.


  7. Theresa Moore
    Posted October 2, 2017 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    Ann your work is magnificently inspirational. My question is do you have a pattern for your jackets? After the Christmas rush I plan to sew for me. Yippee!

    Many thanks,

    • Posted October 2, 2017 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

      Thank You Theresa!
      I use my own patterns for my work but they are based on classic shapes. Most all pattern companies have basic designs available. Number one secret, keep it simple. The fewer pieces the better. Number two secret, make a muslin. It’s always better to start with a pattern you know will fit!

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