Friday, 12 January 2018

A Bunch of Old T-shirts

Over several months I have had a bit of an obsession with Alabama Chanin type clothes and techniques. Some have already been documented here. In the fall I grew my collection of t-shirts again, going through my husband's drawer and checking out Good Will and the Salvation Army. What really bugs me is how so many current promotional t-shirts have printed matter on both the front and the back. But I digress. I tried to dye some bright green, blue and red t-shirts black. This was not successful in terms of turning them black, but it was successful in toning them down a whole lot. 

My first project was a tunic length top, with stencilling and stitching. I made up the stencil specifically for where I wanted the design to go. 


front detail



back detail

Last week I pulled out what was left in the pile to put together pieces to do a test run on a dress. I used the same top from the tunic, already adjusted from this pattern:

I changed the skirt part by making the front and back be 2 pieces rather than 3, and I added a pocket. The perfect dress really needs a pocket! 


front top detail
front bottom detail
back sleeve detail

At this point I was faced with the option of putting little scraps away or making a small item. I decided to make a t-shirt for my grandson. Everything I make for him (so far) has at least one pocket. 

It's in the mail to him now. I hope he likes it.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

December Pairing

The last of the 2017 pairings. Red for December. I bought this scarf in Spain in 2005.

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) oil on board

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) paper

Monday, 13 November 2017

November Pairing

The scarf for November was a gift my son brought back for me from Zanzibar. 
The geometric interpretation is a 10 point star weave, first seen here.

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) oil on board

6" x 6" (15cm x 15cm) paper

Thursday, 19 October 2017

October Pairing

There is a 1950’s style strip mall that transports me from north-east Edmonton to somewhere in the Middle East. Among the businesses there is a pita bakery that bakes a good portion of the pitas sold in the city; there is a sweets bakery with more varieties of baklava than I knew existed; there is a grocery store where you can buy 10k bags of couscous; and there is a ladies clothing store with more scarves than I have ever seen in one place. The first time my husband and I went to this neighbourhood we were on a new-to-the-city explore. We ate at the bakeries, purchased couscous and saffron at the grocery store, and I bought a purple scarf at Sara. The second time I went to that strip mall I skipped the bakeries and was focused on going to Sara to purchase a scarf for a friend who was undergoing chemo treatments. The woman was very helpful. She insisted I also take a knitted cap - a gift from her to my friend — which would feel nice on a bare head and help hold the scarf in place. She showed me a fancy way to tie the scarf on, but I was not very good at it. I have been there a few times since, but the most recent visit was with a Syrian friend, new to the country, who was interested in clothing. While she did her own shopping,  I entertained myself by looking at the scarf wall. Not surprisingly, I was soon choosing between a few scarves that attracted me. In the end I selected the one that happened to go well with what I was wearing that day. While we were in the store the weather changed and the temperature dropped— as will happen in Alberta. I left the store wearing my new scarf, happy for the extra warmth, and feeling satisfyingly justified. It is the October scarf. The geometric interpretation is a 12 point star like the one in the previous post.    

6" x 6" (15 cm x 15 cm) oil on board

6" x 6" (15 cm x 15cm) paper