I’ve always been one to work within the time that I have available. If I have two days, that’s about how long it takes. If I have two hours, I can ramp up my speed and finish before the time is up.
Now, with my scheduled events on hold, I feel like I have all the time in the world. I’m choosing projects that are very involved. I’m diving deep and having fun.
For example, this new appliquéd jacket. It’s a piece with many, many layers of my skinny bias tubes. I wanted the colors to blend together like an impressionistic painting. For that, I knew I’d need lots of strips.
Below, the pile of organza cut out and ready to be sewn into tubes.
Next, sewn and turned inside out. They’re still round like spaghetti, soon to be ironed flat like linguini.
I found the most perfect kimono silk to go with my colors, a pink and black check that had been over-dyed with a blue/grey shibori design on top.
The base fabric cut out, I pinned the strips into place until I got the result I was looking for.
Then I basted down the strips. And basted. And basted. Many hours, but, it’s ok, that’s what I have, many hours.
The front, pictured above, with the bias tubes temporarily sewn down and ready to be permanently hand stitched in place.
Next up, the sleeves and the back and the collar.