Saturday, April 27, 2013

Felt and lace do go together

Been working in the background on some samples for my PAP3 trying out some lace effects with my motif and thinking how to blend them with felt motifs.  Not so much success there as they still look blocky and clunky to me but will blog on them next week once I have something to show.
In the foreground I have been finishing a wearable jacket which employs felting and the lacework together:

The bodice uses tissue felting silk which I scrunch dyed (for want of a better description) in lilac and blue then nunofelted onto lilac merino roving with prefelt motifs in blue incorporated on top.  I drafted a fairly fitted pattern and then cut the pieces from the nunofelt and made up the jacket as in conventional dressmaking.  The jacket is fully lined and has a open end zip to make it a little contemporary.

The sleeves, apart from taking about 5 hours each to make (aargh),  are made from synthetic chiffon embroidered with a repeat pattern of my motif (yes, that motif again!) and the lacework achieved with a soldering iron.

I also made individual lace motifs from the chiffon to applique on to the felt from shoulder across the front of the jacket to tie the sleeves and bodice together so to speak.

I'm hoping that this piece will be part of a collection of wearable pieces for exhibition- a very small collection I suspect at this rate!

Now back to those samples....


sharon young said...

What a beautiful unique jacket, I love the combination of the lace sleeves and the the felt, and the colours too are superb, my favourite.

JaneO said...

Lovely, the sleeves were well worth the time taken.