by Heidi Emmett
A look at what you can make in my workshop: Upcycling, Wearable Creativity & Fiber Jewelry!
Take one really unique vest pattern (fits so many sizes and shapes and heights) and pair it with one of Mary Boalt’s famous one-of-a-kind hand painted canvases. Hint: Mary might have some of these beauties for sale at the Artistic Alchemy Store. This store is only open to Artistic Alchemy students. Buy a panel for FUTURE use at home.
Make your first vest in the workshop as it shows on the pattern (this way you can plan ahead to find the right choices of fabrics for you).
Here are a variety of women who have tried on the same Off the Grid Vest and their honest comments: 5″6″ tall-classic pear shape, larger hips, not much of a bustline: “Love the length, it covers my hips but isn’t too long to feel bulky. If I fold the collar back a little and no front buttoning, I will feel very comfortable in this.”
One more: 5’9″ tall-classic apple shape, hips, waist, and bust are all similar measurements (and on the larger size), “I didn’t think I could pull this off, but I like the rectangles, they make me feel thinner, if that’s possible. I feel like I might need more width on the front and back pieces.” More comments are in the pattern package.
During this segment of the workshop, I will be there for YOU to create your own one of a kind “Art to Wear” piece using any of my Designs by Heidi sewing patterns. Off The Grid Vest is a perfect choice for Zephyr Point as the retreat setting allows for plenty of time to get this vest really going and possibly, finishing it while there.
Here is Mary’s beautiful hand painted and stitched panel (with silk organza covering the whole piece). The stitching holds down the organza and gives this piece a real WOW factor.
I had to be really careful how I cut this panel into pieces.
I deemed the piece above (right below the canvas) to be the lining of my new vest. AND I’m using the wrong side of it.
The piece above (from JoAnn’s) called a “Scuba” fabric is used for the side panels and the back piece. There is no batting in this vest. I did stitch the Scuba fabric (diamond shapes have netting inside) to the lining fabric to hold it all together. There is a hint of the lining showing through and I think it adds a bit of mystery.
Deciding which piece will be the binding for the vest.
Hands down, it is the “Grunge” by Moda (at least 50 colors to choose from this one is black)
Slices of polished Agate found at a Gem and Mineral show.
Ohhh, these pieces of Agate look yummy on the hand painted panel piece.
And here it is, Taa Daa! My newest, sophisticated looking (in my opinion), OFF THE GRID VEST! I keyed everything about this vest with Mary’s Boalt’s “perfectly painted panel.”
Off The Grid Vest pattern using really unusual fabrics. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com
Side view of my newest Off The Grid Vest. Scuba fabric on the side. DesignsbyHeidi.wordpress.com
Close up of the front of Off The Grid Vest. An Art to Wear sewing pattern by Heidi Emmett.
Such an interesting combination of fabrics, beads, and stone.
Every bit from Mary Boalt’s hand painted canvas was thought out before cutting into it.
There is diagonal stitching on the back piece to hold the lining to the Scuba fabric.
Another wired piece of Agate for one of the side closures.
This panel was a piece of artwork on its’ own. It was hard to make that first cut. But worth it in the end. Thank you for creating this one of a kind piece for me to create a unique Off The Grid vest, Mary Boalt.
Buy this pattern 3 easy ways: 1. contact me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can send one out to you using Paypal payment of $16.00, 2. via Bluprint.com /sewing patterns by Heidi Emmett in a digital format or 3. my Etsy shop (Look under sewing patterns/Heidi Emmett) for a hard copy.
I do LOVE how this piece of Agate for the front closure turned out.
Sunrise this past week. Lot’s of storms equal more sewing and creating time. Love that!
My workshop: “Upcycling, Wearable Creativity & Fiber Jewelry” offers, days of getting your creative juices really going. There are many demos., handouts, and personal help from me. I want you to experience a different type of quilting, and one that you can make, enjoy creating, and enjoy WEARING it too. Please read all about my workshop and if you have any questions, fill out the questions tab( on the home page) and I’ll get back to you.
Thanks for stopping by. Make it up, make it FUN, FUN, and GET IT DONE! Hugs, Heidi