Mon, Jun 13 2016 10:13
My new article, Curves & Angles: Designing with Art Fabrics
, is in the current issue of the Vogue Pattern Magazine
(June/July '16). I am intrigued and constantly exploring new, creative ways to approach garment sewing.
|June/July 2016 issue|
Changing the sequence of construction can be key to having a new experience and that premise infuses my current design work. 1 pattern, 2 ways, is the focus of this article. In it, I explore how to create more dimension in the garment silhouette using Katherine Tilton's Butterick Pattern #6138
| Miles fabrics are playful & exuberant with lots of bold strokes and details- perfect for different parts of the garment.|
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Working with 2 pieces with hand painted fabric by artist Miles Frode
, the inspiration for garment began with the flavor of each painted fabric: One with more curved designs and one with more angled shapes. I often write about collaboration and I want to encourage that experience for you. It is always a delight to share the creative adventure with my son, Miles!
|The back of the tunic|
Starting into a project that with a challenge in mind keeps me attentive to the process. I like the workout... reaching for the feeling of being tapping into a deeper reservoir and not just sliding along the surface. This project gave me that experience.
|The necklines on both garments were designed to reflect favorite areas in the painted fabrics.|
|I enjoyed combining this painted linen with more solid white linen and 2 commercial fabrics with dots.|
• • • • •ANGLES-
For this version, everything from selecting fabrics to changing the pattern pieces started with this first piece of hand-painted cotton/linen fabric.
|What compliments a great piece of art fabric?|
|Each of the shaped pattern pieces were copied then angles added at the original curved edges-For more details, see the Vogue article.|
|Accent, basting thread is used to make reference lines like center front, shoulder lines etc.|
|The original curves and darts in the pattern pieces were changed to angles.|
Design is an action verb...there is always something new around the corner to explore!
|The printed shapes on the side became part of the pocket design.|
Enjoy the process, Diane