Thursday, 30 June 2016

steampunk faerie jacket


Today I'm sharing the work wearable art entry in the Art From Trash competition. This steampunk jacket was made by a ladies art group I work with.

It started with a jacket from the tip shop and a ton of odds and ends.


We collected anything we thought would work on the jacket and basically hand stitched it all on to get the look we were after.


We really wanted a bustle and that was added using layers of tulle from the discard bin.


We used stud earrings and other small bits of jewelry on the bustle to give to added interest.


One of the sleeves was cut short and re-finished with black velvet lace and beads.


We decided to run the decoration down one lapel and down one side of the back, bringing it together on the lace sleeve.


All the 'junk' we sewed onto the jacket is quite heavy so we had to make sure it was balanced. 

It turned out well and the ladies were all proud of being part of the project.

z

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

faerie dress or something like that using tea bags


I've wanted to share this dress for ages, soon as I finished it really, but had to wait till after the art show. I'm doing it now with some hesitation... typing with one finger takes ages and seems to block my creative thinking.

However, here goes. I'll give it a try.

So.

I wanted to make something special for the 2016 Hobart Art From Trash competition. I wanted to use lots of fabric scraps, lots of whites and natural colours. I wanted to use tea bags.

My dress was inspired by dresses like this:


and this:


in my frocks or art board on Pinterest. Aren't the just FABULOUS? Wow. If I was younger and slimmer this is how I'd dress!

Anyway, I went through all my scrappy bits. I had tons of cotton fabric pieces in various shades of white so I began the dress by sewing together pieces and then sewing used tea bag fabric to the bodice.


Here's a glimpse of the front before the tea bags. I dyed some of the lace, ribbons and fabric with tea to tie it all in together better.


Since I'm no seamstress, I had a few glitches along the way ... mainly figuring how to fit the dress in such a way that it would be adjustable to different sizes... and to make it so it could be worn by a real person, not just a mannequin in an exhibition.


Lacing up didn't work


A belt worked better, but still wasn't quite right.


The armpits were too big and messy...


In the end I could avoid it no longer. The dress needed darts at the bust. That helped shape the bodice.


I also kept the lace-up idea - using it on each side of the front, under the breasts, and the back. Mismatched buttons and jute string are decorative but also useful in fitting the dress at the waist.









The dress itself has a few scrappy layers on the skirt, but in order to make it richer, I added an 'overskirt' using a thick, tea dyed satin ribbon. The ribbon adds an extra layer of fabric and ties at the front like a belt.



I dressed it up with an old, discoloured wooden bead necklace which I hung rusty items on.




I'm in love with it. But it is for sale if anyone is interested in it for display or to wear!

Thus ends a long post with many photos and not so many words!

z

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Monday, 27 June 2016

rag peg bag


Another quick and easy sewing project. This time its a peg bag with a crazy quilt heart. The pic above shows the front - the heart is the opening you reach into. It's made of scrap curtain fabric I had on hand and colourful tiny scraps for decoration.


I used the cut out heart on the back for extra interest, using orange scraps.


In the end all I had to do was fit in a wire hanger and its ready to use.

z

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new couch cushions


When I got our new couch, I really wanted some new cushions...or new cushion covers! The old ones were in reds and browns in keeping with our older look. Plus they sported the odd chewed corner thanks to a younger Romeo.


Now I wanted something brighter... some light blues, some pink, some yellow maybe?

Originally I planned to make all the new covers using my crazy quilting technique. Like this one where I used fabric scraps to create hot air balloons against a blue scrap backgound.



But you know what? I had some pretty fabrics I didn't want to rip up. They made very pretty covers as they were.


I make cushion covers the easy way - like pillow covers - no ties, buttons or zips.



The pink one is my favourite. The fabric piece wasn't wide enough to do the entire cover, so I had to improvise. I picked some complementary plain fabrics and added a couple of colour blocks. It worked great!

So, a quick change for a different look in the living room.

z

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