I’m sewing up a storm these days. New jackets and coats are flying out of my studio. Pieced, appliquéd or beaded, each one sewn using a gorgeous kimono silk. No more sitting and waiting patiently on my shelves, these fabrics will be out and about, living their new lives.
I started this pieced jacket a few weeks ago, using fabrics from my scrap stash. From a pile of fabric bits and pieces to a brand new jacket. Magic!
The Met Museum’s Instagram account has a picture of a Japanese pieced vest from the first half of the 1800’s. The caption reads, ‘Patchwork has connotations of longevity, since stitching together the scraps extended their use.’ I love it! Wear a jacket made from leftover fabric scraps and add years to your life. Perfect!
Below, a new trench coat sewn from an amazing old meisen kimono.
You remember ‘meisen’, yes? Where they weave the fabric, print the design, unweave it, then reweave it?
When it is rewoven, the threads do not line up and you get a soft, out of focus edge.
This stuff is gorgeous!
I started this black and white striped coat with appliqués of thin bias tubes a few months ago.
Finished and ready for the show!
From the side, appliqués on the sleeves.
And the back.
And for a bit of sparkle, nothing beats glittery gold.
From an amazing kimono, a silk woven with golden threads, with beads sprinkled about for even more shine.
And the back.
These and many others will be coming with me to Baltimore for the big craft show.
March 3-5. Which is soon!