I have had a pile of fabrics with accompanying patterns queued up on my cutting table all summer. They are all ready for me to make into a new Key West-ish wardrobe. I have decided that my 'mud colored' closet just won't cut it in Florida so I have been collecting some other colors to try out. I'm not sure I have moved significantly away from the mud, but I have added some hints of turquoise and coral and a dash or two of pink and yellow. OK, baby steps! I am really liking them but the problem is they just sit there. I think I am so worried that with the virus hanging about we won't actually get to go to KW this fall. If I make a bunch of new things to wear it will be even more disappointing if we end up in Michigan. So I keep shying away from the pile. Maybe next week....
In the meantime, in another part of the sewing room...I actually have made a few things! These are definitely going to stay in the muddy Michigan closet!
There is a wearable art artist in Oakland who makes lovely, elegant garments using salvaged kimono fabrics and other Japanese textiles. I have lusted after her work for literally years! They are simple T-shaped tops made by patchworking the kimono scraps together. To look at them you would think they wouldn't be that difficult to make. But they have been deceivingly elusive. I'm not sure if it's the fabric, the pattern shapes, the proportions....but some how I have not gotten there in my attempts.
Here are some of the pieces that have been inspiring my forays...
(You can see more of Susan Eastman's work HERE)
As I said, deceptively simple!
Here is a top that I made when Rhonda from "Rhonda's Creative Life" and I did several posts together last summer. Rhonda had sent me several kimono pieces to work with and I immediately thought of the Susan Eastman tops that I had been wanting to try.