Monday, June 14, 2021

Textile Surface Design on Vogue 1784

I'm continuing to use the fabrics I printed last time.  Every part of this process makes me happy, from printing to finished garment.  I love figuring out where to use the various pieces of cloth.  

Each piece is designed to have several elements so that one piece of cloth looks like you are using more fabrics than you actually use.  I've been studying with Pat Pauly for the last couple years, love her techniques.


Here I used three different fabrics, but it appears there are many more.  And it's stretching me to put fabrics together I wouldn't have tried before.

This last printing session I used more blue than I usually wear.  But I think combined with black and red (it reads pink when I screened it lighter) will make me pull it out of the closet more often.

This, again, is Marcy Tilton's pattern, V1784.  Third time I've made it.  This time I simplified the collar by omitting one pattern piece...after all, it normally used 5!  And I added a cuff in a different fabric.


It took me quite a while to figure out where all the fabrics would light since they were all very different.  


Stay tuned, the fun continues now that I've learned how to use Photoshop Elements to replicate pieces of cloth for Spoonflower.  I took a 3 month Pixeladies class online and boy are they great teachers. 

 I combined 3 different pieces of cloth to create the image below.



But mostly I've used one piece of cloth and worked on it in PTE to make a repeatable pattern.


I've printed three different fabrics so far.  I'm happy with all of them but the last one I got up the nerve to ordered enough fabric to make a tunic.  It was the first time I ordered Spoonflower's Cotton Spandex Jersey and I like it. Next time I'll try the Modern Jersey.

I've also tried their Signature Petal Cotton but it's a bit too heavy for my needs.  Wish they carried a lighter weight cotton.  I'm researching other companies that print on demand, there are several now.

California opens up tomorrow!  I'm looking forward to going into our local fabric store, Hart's Fabric without a mask!  If you haven't checked out their online store you need to.  They have so many great fabrics.  We're so lucky, here in Santa Cruz County, to have such a good fabric store.

That's all till I take pics of the tunic I made from the jersey.  I'm off to Diane Ericson's Design Outside The Lines in Ashland!  I'm so excited.  She is hosting Amy Nguyen, a textile and garment designer I've wanted to study with for years.

Thanks for dropping by!

 

22 comments:

  1. Love, love, love seeing what you are doing these days Gayle! Thanks for sharing your talents in such a generous way. Beautiful, super creative work!! xoxo k

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  2. This is terrific! I’ve been watching your progress in surface design and this jacket seems to pull it all together. So envious of you going to DOL. I’d love you to,post some photos of Amy’s and participants work.

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    1. Good idea. Will do! Thanks so much for writing.

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  3. What a cool, chic way to wear "Americana" without screaming flags and bunting. It will last all 4 seasons with a black turtleneck in winter, dark wash jeans in fall. I'm so envious of you going to DOL! I too admire Amy's work and I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done when you return. Have a wonderful time.

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    1. What a good observation, hadn't thought of that. Yes, here on the Central Coast of California I can wear this most days. I also love these shirts with a really short, boxy vest over them which is about all I need for warmth. Thank you so much!

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    2. Vancouver BarbaraJune 16, 2021 at 7:15 AM

      Oooh --with a short boxy vest! Please show us that look too. This is another great shirt and print. You are a marvel. Always inspiring.

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  4. Have loved following your fabric adventures from Australia for some years now.
    Plan to do some indigo dyeing and make one of Marcy’s tunics soon.
    I work with leather, I wonder if I can experiment with dyeing leather surfaces…i’ll have to try
    Keep up the awesome experimentations Gayle.

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    1. Great to hear from you, in one of my favorite countries of the world. I seem to remember that you can dye leather. Can't remember where I heard about that but I did! Thanks so much!

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    2. Vancouver BarbaraJune 17, 2021 at 7:11 AM

      Yesterday I checked out your Pixeladies and they list the names of companies who do fabric printing. I believe I saw that one of them prints on leather. You'll have to go to their site to find that.

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    3. Vancouver BarbaraJune 17, 2021 at 7:17 AM

      I don't know if you're interested in a lighter weight cotton. But Emma Onesock has the most divine Giza 100% Egyptian cotton. It's so beautiful I can't even describe it. It comesin three different whites. Treat yourself to some.

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    4. Yes, so many options of fabrics from several companies. I've heard Contrado is very good, even tho they are in England as I remember.

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    5. Ha! I bought 5 yards of that gorgeous stuff for the last dye session. I love it. Very lightweight, which I like. And very little wrinkling.

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  5. So happy to see this latest post. Your shirt is so interesting. I can see that you love putting various fabrics. Karen

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  6. Wow. I love this version. I'm currently working through my first vogue 1784. What kind of fabric is this to start? Thanks for this wonderful inspiration. Now I need to find your other versions!

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    1. Thank you Martha. This is a prepared for dyeing mid to lightweight cotton. I’ve used lots of different fabrics but I think the thinner ones are the best.

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    2. Gayle, may I use one of your photos here for my blog post on Vogue 1784? Thanks.

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    3. Absolutely, I'd be honored. Sorry, your email went into spam for some reason and I just saw it!!

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