It started out as a skirt thing. I was just going to sew up a few skirts made out of old T-shirts. Then I thought I'd embellish one of them Alabama Chanin Style.
Here are the skirt panels laid out with some of the stenciling and stitching and cutting done.
Even the simplest design takes forever to complete.
Forever being relative of course.
For this one I stenciled and stamped some of the panels.
Horrible photos; sorry folks. Right now it's all about the projects.
Of course one things leads to another. Especially when you're online looking at all the great stuff other people have made.
So in preparation for a "real" Chanin challenge I sewed up this short tunic to make sure of the fit. Raised the neckline. Snipped 1" off each strap because I'm short waisted.
It's all about the comfort and fit. Cotton jersey. Soft like your pj's.
I did a chain stitch around the neckline, etc. and I'm sure lousy at it. I'll try a different stitch next time.
Okay, I've got the fit, now to start on the big project.
I've got a long skirt, 2 layered long sleeved bolero and 2 layered long tunic started. I'm going to be stitching all summer. Oh, and that stencil? On heavy paper, really hard to cut. Took me an entire day just to cut it out. Aargh!!
But hey, there's all kinds of other stuff happening too.
The thing we do that makes us so very happy and that's an exploration, a discovery, a dive down the rabbit hole of "what if"?
I'm going to be teaching a one day class on painting here in Portland at the Collage store on NE Alberta in December. It's the first Saturday; yes, a long way off from today but we can start to make plans and reserve spaces. I'll talk a little about how I get my ideas onto canvas and we'll all have a go at mixing colors and making discoveries together. To me, the best thing about painting is that the idea in your imagination is never the image that's manifested on canvas; instead we get a surprise, a search and a revelation. It's more than just paint.
I hope some of you can join me in class. Mark your calendar.
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