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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
What to Create?
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>