Create Something Beautiful for an Emerging Butterfly

Create Something Beautiful with Your Heart & Soul

When Mom was ill, she enjoyed wearing these soft, comfortable head wraps around the house. As I was finishing a blouse with my new Emerging Wings matte jersey, my son told me of a family member with cancer. There was enough left over from my top to make a cap for her.

It’s actually how I realized Mom was still present. As I sewed I could feel her piercing every fiber of my being as the needle stitched through these soft, stretchy layers of fabric. “Of course butterflies signify metamorphosis, renewal and rebirth! Oh Mom ~ I hear you!”

Wet wing butterflies have just emerged from their cocoons. Blinded by the light, they pause to fan their wings for a moment. They are off to help us find joy in life and Light in every day.

This is how I came to know that this collection of Emerging Wings Fabrics would be unveiled on her 88th birthday September 5 for Breast Cancer Awareness ~ and that I would create the Pauline B. Fagan Vitality Program in her honor.

 Emerging Wings Fabric Collection

I challenge you to create something beautiful with one or more of these coordinated mix & match fabrics. There are cottons and silky for blouses and dresses or chiffon to create a scarves or a canopy for your grand daughter’s bed, or a fairy princess dress. Add some shimmering iridescent fabric paint and voila ~ you’ll be the grandma with glitter!

Create Something Beautiful for an Emerging Butterfly

There is minky to create a no-sew baby blanket or cheater quilt. Or cotton sateen to make pillows and a bedspread. There is even eco canvas to make a durable kid-proof floor pillow, duffle bag, or laundry hamper. Here are a few more ideas with white glove sewing service!

I have 4 grand daughters and 4 daughters-in-law ~ and they’re all getting wings for Christmas!

I know you have an emerging butterfly in your family. Don’t miss this chance to create some magic for her!


 

I made two turban scarves for my friend who has cancer. The pattern is really easy. I made a couple for her in less than an hour.

Wet Wings Butterflies Hat

You’ll need a bit less to a bit more than 5/8 yard per turban, depending on the size. Cut one each of the three pieces (turban, band, and tab) according to the chart. Note that all sizes use the same size tab. You must use stretch knit fabric and cut the pieces using the crosswise grain. You can use a sewing machine zigzag stitch but serging is simplest and quickest. The seam allowance is approximately 1/2″.

Cut Size Turban Band Tab
Small 20 1/2” x 8” 20 1/2” x 5” 5” x 4”
Medium 22” x 9” 22” x 5” 5” x 4”
Large 24” x 10” 24” x 5” 5” x 4”

Cutting

crosswise stretch of knit fabric
  1. Fold the band in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Serge it to one of the long sides of the turban piece, right side together.

2. Fold the banded turban piece in half crosswise, right sides together. Serge, beginning at the banded edge, rounding off the back corner point, and stopping 1″ before reaching the front folded edge. The tab will be inserted through this opening later. Secure thread tails and turn the turban right sides out.

  1. Perpendicular to the back seam allowance fold up and pin three tucks approximately 3/4″ deep. Stitch in the ditch of the seam allowance to secure these tucks. (If the fabric is too thick to stitch on your machine, hand-sew along the seam using a large needle and upholstery or quilting thread.)
  1. Fold the tab in half lengthwise, right sides together and serge the seam. Turn the tab right sides out and rotate it so that the seam is centered on the underside. Slip the tab through the opening in the turban seam. Fold up and stack tucks along the front seam from the lower band edge to the opening. (These tucks are similar to those at the back except they’re stacked and not secured with stitching in the ditch.) Wrap the tab around the tucks and sew the tab ends by machine, right sides together. Rotate the tab seam allowance underneath the turban and tack it by machine to the center front seam allowance. This connection will prevent any see-through gap between the tab and the turban.
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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.

Winter Solstice Design

The art for the fabric has a story all its own. It began as a pastel painting ~ forty years ago! Yes, you read that right. I painted it with pastels on rag etching paper, 42″ x 29″. The pastel won me Best in Show at the Virginia Beach Arts Center members show the year my twins were born.

As it turned out, I was able to attend the opening and meet the judge. Long story short, Robert B. Mayo invited me to his gallery in Richmond. The following ten years turned into a mentorship in Painting Masters with Mr. Mayo. His generous critiques and engaged conversations with me enabled me to see my artistry as a gift and continue growing as an artist ~ even when it didn’t always look that way.

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

The big question to me was ‘why the heck is this image still on my painting table?’

I had come to regard the winter solstice theme as symbolic of ‘frozen creative flow.’ Interpreting my art as if it were my dream, had become a habit. I had gained much inspiration from the practice.

That didn’t mean I could answer the question, however.

It would take another pastel from the same period of time to help with that. See my story about Two Sisters>

painting on silk
Winter Solstice painting on silk

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.

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

 

 

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>