sewliloquies

Sewliloquies is a sewing pun on the literary term soliloquy meaning reflective monologue.

Photoshop As A Design Tool

I am experimenting with using Photoshop as a design tool. This is the first attempt at sketching an illustration with Photoshop. I haven’t really used Photoshop as a drawing tool before; mostly it’s for editing my photography.

The idea behind this sketch is clearly tribal bellydance style with a typical 10 yard skirt and tribal tassel belt. This is a look I really want to develop into my own style, probably through embroidery, hand dyed fabrics and something else that makes it my own and unique. The overskirt is an idea I’m playing with, where there is dimension and texture built up in layers on the skirt itself; this one uses strips of fabric? Just one more step towards creating the Global Garb collection!

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Embroidered Bracers

Here are some initial designs for the embroidered bracers. They probably won’t be exactly like this but the embroidery designs are where I’m heading.

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Design Process

Now that I’m full swing in the design process (this collection has actually been circulating in my brain for months) I feel like I have a better grasp on what I’ll need to complete it. So, here’s my basic plan, for those that are interested:

  • I’m planning on using primarily cotton, silk and possibly bamboo fabrics. I plan to source them from Dharma Trading and will be dying them with solid colors or stamped/resist designs.
  • My inspirations come from many places, including renaissance fair clothing, Middle eastern embroidery designs, belly dance attire, and the need for cool, flowing, comfortable “garb” made with natural fibers.
  • I have quite a few sketches, and am currently in the patterning process. My goal is to ultimately make the pattern sized and ready to reproduce for the garments to be sold at renaissance fair booths.

I am working on the embroidered bracers today. I have recycled some fabric from projects in the past, and will try to use a black velvet, a burgundy velvet and/or a tan suede-like fabric. I am looking into using embroidery designs called “Suzani” which is Persian for “needle.” Once I have the bracers completed, I’ll be sure to post some pics!

Global Garb

Trying to launch the Global Garb collection I’m inspired to create! I need some fabric from Dharma Trading, some thread for the embroidery, and a little bit of gumption to #createsomething.

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Sewing Apps

There are not many sewing apps available. I know there are a few on the Apple side and painfully few for Android. I’m not entirely sure what I would use a sewing app for but have some ideas! What types of functionality would a sewing app have? Measurement guidelines? Conversion tables? Sewing machine support (like needles and bobbins needed)? Basic sewing techniques? What would be valid, useful information worthy of an app?

Do It All?

Sometimes, I just want to do it all: sewing a fashion line of my very own, making garb for sale at renaissance fairs, creating soft home goods and decor. Then I construct something rather atrocious and feel like I just can’t do it all.

It’s hard to decide which direction to focus on because I enjoy doing so much; yet I know my skills still need to be perfected. I can’t do it all. But I’m working on it! I do think that I should focus on apparel and try not to sew home goods or quilt or anything crafty, unless it’s a specific project.

I’m also pretty obsessive about going down the organic and/or natural fibers path. I’m pretty concerned about the source of my fabric. I’m not sure I can be so picky about the source of my notions, though. I’d like to try to design some of my own fabric, as well.

Of course, my new love: machine embroidery, will all be a part of my plan!

Waiting on myself to see how it all comes together… sigh.

ImageDuck embroidery design from Urban Threads

Sewliloquies

O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night
Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope’s ear;
Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear!

Sewliloquies has been inspired by a soliloquy. After agonizing for some time about what type of sewing endeavor I should set upon here in my new home of New Hampshire, it has clearly come to me. While I will continue to stitch fanciful garments for myself (and friends), I have decided that sewing period costumes is probably my best choice for selling what I sew.

Here’s why:

  • I’m good at it. While I have not sewn that many costumes, I’ve sewn a goodly amount, and what I have created has received positive reviews. I don’t have photos of everything I have made, but it has included: men and women’s full Tudor court garb, men and women’s Victorian costumes, pirate coats, cloaks, knight tunics, skirts, pants, hats, corsets, bodices, flags…..
  • The Texas market for period garb is saturated. There are so many lovely people that do this so well for a living, that even with my skills, I wouldn’t have been able to prosper.
  • With that said, it appears at first Google that the New Hampshire market does have some gaps; while the customers might not be as plentiful, there does seem to be opportunity – at renaissance fairs, re-creations, theaters, etc. Of course, I’ll need to do my due diligence in the market research area, but the possibilities appear to be there.
  • I like it. Seriously, I love costumes, love attending period events, and enjoy the process. So why not make costumes to sell?

Shirtdress….Again?

Might retry the shirtdress idea. Got a new pattern and some funky fabric to test it out with.

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Packed Away

All of my sewing machines and supplies are packed away and ready to move. I worked frantically to finish a few projects, including a sleeveless linen top and a deconstructed panel skirt. Not my best work, but eh… The linen top was a pattern I drafted from inspiration from this Burda shirt: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/drawstring-top-052012. I used my fantabulous embroidery machine to embroider Rainbow Dash on the front. The drawstrings are cool, but the back of the shirt fell kind of weird. The panel skirt was a tan skirt I got from Walmart (I think). I sliced it and added 6 triangular panels in a great tie dye. That was rushed, and still needs some hand sewing. Oh well, if it’s wearable, it’ll work. Until I get moved, no more sewing for me!

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Polka Dotty Goodness

I haven’t been able to post much lately, or sew much lately either. I have finished the “polka dotty goodness” project, my final project and replaced a zipper on a motorcycle jacket (not well, mind you).

So, I present, a very ucky photo of the polka dots… a baby swimsuit and swim cap. Also not well done… you can’t see the issues with it here. ;)

Oh, I forgot to mention I designed the pattern for this. Swimsuits are hard. The crotch and shoulder seams are messy.

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