I have been really busy sewing these past few weeks. I wanted to apply for the local studio tour here in Bainbridge Island, but I had to make a few more pieces to show. I took my pieces to be juried and I am awaiting the results. I am honing in on a design that I like and can modify pretty easily to make it look very different. It is based on princess lines, which I think look good on just about everyone.
The first piece I sewed together was using a cotton/linen blend that I had that for some strange reason I bought in yellow. I held the yellow fabric up to myself and my daughter said, "Yuk Mom! That looks awful." So much for that fabric. So a couple of years later I had my friend Rachel throw it into an indigo dye pot. I wasn't so sure about the color at first, but then it grew on me. It is an interesting mottled green with tints of yellow and blue.
I sewed a mid-thigh length vest and then appliquéd silk circles on it and added some hand stitching. I love the resuI lined it with some beautiful quilting cotton with dragonflies printed on it that really complemented the hand-dyed linen. I think it would look great with leggings for a light summer coverup. I love the result, and I hope you like it, too.
The second piece I cut out and sewed together was a fitted vest made from old suits. This little fitted vest has a flared out hem and is hip length. The grey wool is very soft. It is a very fitted and looks great with a white cotton shirt and jeans. A feminine take on the men's vest that I call a Revest.
I sewed on some beautiful ribbon from Laura Foster Nicholson.
I also lined this vest with some great cotton fabric that complements the grey flannel. I really love my clothes lined. They just feel better.