Monday, January 28, 2013

Silk Flare Pants from start to finish

I thought I'd give you in insight into how I make my silk accessories and clothing. It occurred to me that I should after a conversation with the lovely woman who commissioned this set. She kept asking what colors I had and I'd answer what colors do you want. It wasn't until I said that the silk started out white that she realised what I meant. Sooooo
This is a selection of silks that I begin with.
I then dye the fabric a base color. The fabric is allowed to dry before being folded and stitched to create the shibori patterns.
This then goes into more dye pots, the number depending on the desired outcome.
This is what it looks like partially unfolded.
Here is the same piece of silk fully unfolded but still wet.
And here it is dry and ironed. The colors are rich and lustorous with many subtle shades.
I then sew the silk into the item I am making. This is my little sewing corner. It was a very rainy day when I took this photo but the sense of the garden and light is still good.
And here is the finished set. A pair of Silk Flare Pants and a matching Tushi Tie.

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