Letting it Out!
I feel like a school girl again. That’s when I first block printed and sewed an original design to wear. Painting in Mary Claire’s garden brought it all tumbling back ~ as if I’d hidden it away in the attic and the trap door just couldn’t hold it away any longer!
Garden Party Fabrics
I went home from Mary Claire’s garden party imagining all the women wearing Mary Claire’s garden! Heavenly hydrangea, lovely Periwinkle and Violet, Deep Navy Blue with Meadow Green and sparkly Aquamarine. Scroll work juxtaposed between blossoms, striped parasols, lemonade and peach cake.
I went home and painted my heart out! And then I started sewing again. I printed one of my paintings, A Lily Pond of My Own, on a soft comfortable stretch jersey and paired it with some lime faux suede from my stash. The waist-length kimono jacket has short sleeves.
Lessons from a Pro
My granddaughter Fiona came for a few days to sew and paint. Together we painted scarves with fiber-reactive dyes, in Fiona’s favorite colors, turquoise, periwinkle, sky blue, and Paris Green!
Fiona brought out the 10-year-old in me! I cut loose on my own hydrangea scarf across the table. The next morning, we rinsed them out and hung them to dry. Fiona wore hers home, with the turquoise and hot pink top she sewed.
Yes, Fiona chose the pattern with the short and long sleeves in pink and turquoise!
I sewed mine into a sheer kimono jacket. I believe she’s a good influence on me, don’t you?
I split my scarf and used it to make the sleeve bands and jacket hem. Then I created a shawl collar from another hand painted, hand woven scarf.
The muse is out of hiding! See more of my one-of-a-kind jackets and tops in my online trunk show.
And stay tuned for the article coming out in the July issue of House & Home magazine!