Summer Dragonflys-

Sat, Aug 9 2014 01:09

Bugs in Flight Stencil

August is a time for sewing that will transition into fall....... My Dragonfly Pattern can be an airy

Linens & drapey rayons are a pleasing combine for this design. 

summer top, a 3/4 sleeve wrap or a vest layer. Here are some favorite Dragonfly garment designs. The pattern comes in 2 lengths and 2 widths. It has 3 sizes of insets included for the front there are lots of options for combinations and placement. I used rubber stamps and stencils on the purple and striped one to the left with some great vintage buttons to accent the inset tabs.

This coffee theme vest
, stenciled with Te y' Cafe Stencil, is decorated with coffee theme buttons and rubber stamped tabs on the front. You might enjoy creating your own theme vest.

A friend in Hawaii made this one in a beautiful combination of kimono fabrics, special buttons with some hand stitched family crest designs.

Making center panels first-

Sometimes I like to begin a Dragonfly design by creating the front & back center panels first. With this linen version, I played with a different closure idea for the front. Now I am ready to decide on the side panels to relate to the starting pieces.

Birds are such a part of summer....My color combinations have been influenced by artist Leslie Stiles, who I met at the Puyallup Expo. He creates these small, beautifully detailed bird works of art.

His bird images inspired me to print single bird images-this one on canvas stitched on a summer bag, is part of my Deco Bird Stencil.
                ...You can never have to many birds can you?

An artist friend, Suzy Manley, made this beautiful vest version of the Dragonfly Pattern below. She combined my linen Wing n' A Prayer fabric panels with a dark striped drapey suiting and a grey knit to create her own composition. Her placement of the bird on the back pin stripe for the side panels is so flattering. I love the square buttons as decorative ends on the ties don't you?
She created a collar with a pleated piece of folded fabric, that was tacked to the inside edge.

Buttons as end detail on ties-

Off to sew! Diane
 The Dragonfly is a flattering shape for your favorite techniques and materials. It is a light evening wrap this summer....and perfect to pair with your favorite jeans. I'm going to make it as a winter wrap in wool jersey when the cool weather moves in. Please share the ones you make with us for our Facebook albums.


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