Are you a pluviophile or a heliophile? To all of you pluviophiles, your ugly days are nearing an end! And I will be rejoicing! To set the record straight, lest you think I’m some sort of morbid freak, pluviophiles are people who love the rain and heliophiles are sun seekers. I am so happy to have spring around the corner after these many, many, many weeks of clouds and rain…and snow. What a long winter this has been. Here are some pictures around my house.So in my effort to find the humor in it, I share these thoughts with you.I will finish this weather rant by saying that this cloud-induced-lack of creativity slowly came to an end as two garments were finally finished. Whew!
All of the fabrics for this top came from that Great Fabric Source: My Stash. It included men’s ties, scraps of dupioni silk and some polka dot fashion fabric, all set on a mystery blend of lightly corded black fabric. Rayon embroidery thread was used in a triple stitch to make the cardiac stitch over the strips of silk.
Always on the lookout for clever new detail treatment, channels were made in the collar for a drawstring made from the polka dot fabric. It loops around two stacked buttons attached with embroidery floss.
You know that little strip of fabric that keeps the back part of men’s ties in place? Here is a new home for it.
This pattern is an Issey Miyake from Vogue #1476. It is no longer in print.
Again, after scouring my stash of freebies, donations and scraps, I went back to my roots of wearable art. I sold pieced garments for about ten years and still am drawn to them. This piece includes linen, silks, men’s suiting, light weight upholstery fabrics and brocade. I love the mix of incongruous materials, all in grays and pale yellows.
This is a ”Franken-pattern”. The same Issey Miyake pattern as above was used for the body but the sleeves are changed, the neck is made into a V shape and the front band is triangle shaped with the buttons placed down the center.
A huge thank you to Heidi for the pictures and our friend for the use of her beautiful yard on an unusually warm 72 degree day! And then it dropped thirty degrees and rained! Sigh!
And now for an update on our September retreat at Zephyr Point. I am overwhelmed, pleased and grateful for a very full class. Thank you. There are still a few spaces left in the classes for Heidi, Jane and Sandra. Be sure to read their class descriptions and be inspired. Click on Workshops under the home page banner. We would love to have you join us for five creative days in the most beautiful place on earth where the weather is delightful.
Carry on creatively, Mary