Thursday, June 3, 2021

Surface Design on V1274 Tunic

First, a bit of housekeeping.  As I mentioned last post, Blogger will not be allowing you to follow me by email, using their Feedburner link, after July.  So, I'm switching to Constant Contact as of this post.

If you follow this blog by email there is nothing you need to do.  You will continue to get this blog in your inbox, but it will be under the name gayleygirl and will be provided by Constant Contact instead of Feedburner.  In the email, there will be a clickable link to the post, just as before.

I have already sent out an announcement email to those of you who subscribe that way, letting you know of this change.  Hang in there with me while we see how this change shakes out.  I think it will work smoothly.

So, on to what's new.

My continuing obsession with surface design has been a life saver during COVID.  I took another 5 day class with Pat Pauly and continued printing for the following two weeks.

I produced a heck of a lot of cloth, got some new inspiration and tried a couple different techniques.  Here is a tunic made with Vogue 1274, one of my tried and true patterns.

Instead of screen printing I tried hand painting.  This is a beautiful Egyptian Cotton I got from Emma One Sock.  I can't fault the fabric, the dyes or anything other than my technique for the less than desirable outcome.  I'm not totally displeased with this but I sure learned a lot...mostly what not to do.

I was unhappy enough with the original design that I decided to add a block print I made last year.  It's the long black vertical lines of different circle shapes.  Think it helps a lot and I like the idea of mixing techniques.

I added a collar detail with a raw edged piece of lightweight cotton stripe and used the perfect buttons from my stash.  Yes, for once I actually had the right button for the job.

I have several new things to show you and will be posting more frequently, I hope.  Future subjects will include;
  •  the Photoshop Elements classes I took over the winter with the Pixeladies and the images of my fabric I am creating in Photoshop and sending to Spoonflower to print
  • my new career as a hat maker, having been taught by a wonderful Santa Fe hat maker how to replicate a straw visor I got in Tokyo 
  • more clothes I've been making and a tunic I made using block prints, sashiko/boro techniques with vintage Japanese textiles.  
Now that things are opening up I'm re-inspired to start sewing clothes again.  I'm actually wearing makeup and dressing up again.

Enjoy this spring, we deserve it!



  1. You are always an inspiration...can’t wait to see everything in person

  2. Love your Blog!
    Glad I can see it in my NetVibes feeder ok.
    :-) Chris

    1. Thank you, and I never heard of NetVibes, gotta look that up!

  3. You have no idea how excited I got to see your new post. You are doing everything I wish I could do so I'm living vicariously through you, lol. The shirt is gorgeous and the black shapes were the perfect addition. I got some amazing handmade shaped stamps from Mixtbags on Etsy. She is Marcia Derse's sister and the creativity runs deep in this family, her own art is wonderful. I just need the motivation to use them. In the meantime I can look forward to your makes.

    1. I so appreciate what you said, thank you. If you ever want to take a block printing class, Valori Wells, from The Stitchin' Post in Sister, Oregon gives a terrific one online. I recommend it highly.
      And, I do know Marcia, and know that her sister also dyes thread, if I'm not mistaken. But I didn't know about her stamps, so I'm looking them up right now, thanks for that tip!!!

  4. Vancouver BarbaraJune 4, 2021 at 7:16 AM

    It's always a thrill to see that you have a new post up. My first reaction on seeing the pix was Wow! I really love what you've done on this shirt. The balance of colours and shapes and spaces is just right. I think it looks mighty fine and I really look forward to your next posts.
    Vancouver Barbara

    1. You're a peach, Barbara, thank you so much!

  5. I love the shirt and think that the mix of colors and elements is very successful.

  6. Wow! You've made another inspirational shirt for us to enjoy. Thanks. Karen

    1. Thank you! And there's more where that came from.


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