Step #3 – Pattern and Fabric Cuts – and a Turn-Around

11 August 2020


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Copying and cutting the pattern (from an old linen hand-me-down skirt) was easy. What was not easy was how to use the available and dyed fabric exactly how I wanted to use the pieces for each of the parts, using my original concept draft. Reason: I may have “messed up” the top part of the skirt by too much overdyeing the pieces and they turned blah.

They were supposed to be lighter colors! Which made me stamp lemon paste and add lemon drops to lighten areas, but now it was getting too busy. Then the ink for screen printing over that (photo 1 below) was not taking and washed out, for the fabric cells were oversaturated. And the looks – not really what I had in mind. Since Coreopsis – the flower from where the colors come for this skirt – has stopped blooming, I am unable to re-dye. A failure.

Unless, of course… this problem leads me to a new path! Sometimes yes – the project chooses and creates itself.

THEN I REALIZED THIS:

… the skirt design and concept may be fine – however, more as a concept and image rather than a skirt that I would actually WEAR! I turned the skirt upside down, and actually liked it better – as some kind of an art-deco image.

Yes – it kept dawning on me – would I actually WEAR this skirt?

NO. I don’t wear bright orange. Or contrasty designs. Or flowery-flowing things. Nor busy patterns.

So how can I create something with these up-cycled and flower-dyed and printed and messed-up materials that I actually would wear and yet is somewhat in line with the original concept?

Simplify!

So I used the cut-and-dyed pieces and came up with this, The Coreopsis Skirt. Tight. Pockets. Silk Sash. Some small orange appliques. I added a top that is partly sun-bleached. Perhaps it needs another color and transparent layer?

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