Hand Painting Silk for a Jacket Design

I am so excited about this jacket!

Planning the jacket, I had printed the silk on the 44″ Epson printer in my studio and laid it out on the worktable. Moving the pattern pieces around, I tried to envision where each section of the jacket might look best. It would be a tight fit, and I wasn’t sure which sections of the painting would look best on the front, back and sleeves.

hand painted silk jacket
winter Solstice Jacket, hand painted silk, See more pics & purchase info

You can see on the video of the full image that the painting has some blue sections, some gold, and some very light aqua. When the colors weren’t going where I wished they would, I decided to try out my new fabric paints on the silk. This, I thought, would enable me to get the colors I wished ~ exactly where I envisioned them.

I am really pleased with the way the silk takes my brush strokes. Iridescent aqua, copper, purple, blue green and gold added sparkle and depth to the silk. From wide strokes of subtle washes to finely detailed grasses and seeds, I am able to control the marks by varying the color saturation and brush.

This is going to be a one-of-a-kind!

hand painting silk for a jacket

You can see the details in this photo, how the gold and copper strokes are subtle, yet vibrant. I used a washy watercolor brush to lay the aqua in between the branch. This added depth and sparkle to the fabric.

Here’s another view

hand painting silk for a jacket
Details on the silk utilize watercolor techniques.

I laid the brush on the silk so you can see the scale of the imagery. I decided this section would be the front of the jacket. And that I would cut front bands from contrasting golds on the other side of the silk.

painting on silk
Winter Solstice painting on silk

The jacket is for sale on my website. See more photos of the finished jacket with size and purchase info.

 

 

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How I Created a Silk Jacket from My Painting

I’d forgotten about all the clothing I created in high school. Working on this jacket design, the memories came tumbling back to me. Sitting at Mom’s 1960 Pfaff I heard her voice again ~”you can do anything you want to do!”

Imagining a Dream Jacket

Painting the design for the fabrics with oil paint, I’d photographed them and thought about how them might look on a jacket.

Cascading Flowers, oil painting
Cascading Flowers, oil painting

How to Create a Silk Jacket from a Painting

Looking at the oil paintings makes it a little tricky to see how it will look on a jacket. There are questions of scale, color, and how the repeat works.

Garden Parasols, oil painting
Garden Parasols, oil painting

Sleeping on these questions for awhile seems to help. So does playing with swatches. That’s what I did with these. I printed an 8″ strip of fabric on the 44″ printer in my studio. To be honest, I thought the first couple swatches were pale. So I tried a few changes and printed more.

Testing Prototyes

To test the jacket design, I sewed several jackets with different fabrics. I tried several lengths, various collar bands and sleeve styles. For this one I made a new pattern on muslin that incorporated my favorite modifications from each prototype.

Garden Party Kimono Jacket
Loose and cool, this jacket falls like a shawl without falling off!  See purchase info>

Fusing Palettes

I really like the way the pastel tones of the fabrics soften the more vibrant color of the royal blue top and chartreuse linen pants. It would also look great with navy blue and white, or aqua palettes ~ as you can see by the beach painting behind me!

Garden Parasols Fabric
Garden Parasols Fabric is available in silky faille, chiffon, light-weight cotton twill, polyester matte jersey, linen-cotton, cotton sateen, faux suede, eco canvas, viscose challis, and silk. See Fabric Purchase Info>

What to Create?

Custom Jacket

The jacket is available in a hand painted version, highlighted with subtle metallic aqua, green, and soft gold on silk or viscose challis. And also on silky faille, which is machine washable. See Jacket Ordering Info>

Fabric for Apparel, Home Decor & Crafts

The fabric is available on a variety of fabrics by the yard for scarves, apparel, curtains, home decor & crafts. From silky faille, chiffon, and light-weight cotton twill,  to polyester matte jersey, linen-cotton, cotton sateen, faux suede, upholstery-weight eco canvas, viscose challis, and silk. See Fabric Information>

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