When I stumbled across the lovely editions of Austen’s work with covers by Leanne Sharpton I was smitten. The idea of collection the Penguin clothbound went through the door. And there was a constant stream of ideas for clothes.
Part of that is the covers themselves; they are basically repeat prints and more then one person have pointed out that they would make great wallpaper.
I have already shown you the “Sense&sensability”-scarf (here) but the first one I made was on a whim, using just an old sheet and a fabric marker.
I make most of my tops in a very simple style; basically a slim square, no sleeves. In this case I “dotted” with the fabric marker to create the pattern and had the genius idea, I thought, to use the wreath around the title as a detail around the collar.
This was one of my first attempts at using fabric markers and my conclusion is this; very easy to use, they come in a array of colours but (BUT!) they the aren’t saturated enough, it does become rather “chalky”. And I wasn’t happy with the proportions of this.
So off I went to buy some cream jersey(which fits better anyway) and black fabric paint. And with a brush I dappled on the pattern. I’m a lot happier with the proportions but the detail around the collar wasn’t as finely done with this method. But all the jokes about built in “Rorschach-test” is a bonus of course.
The cover that probably gave me the most ideas was the one for “Northanger Abbey”.
Those little branches or twigs or whatever they are fueled my imagination. And at that point I had to have a conversation with myself(never I good I idea; I’m one of the most stubborn people I know) about how to proceed: a strategy was necessary.
This was something that I wanted to do, and an opportunity to learn. And as much as I love making things of old materials that wasn’t possible.So I decided to make 6 different garments and try to use different materials and techniques .
I already had a top and this ended up being the one skirt I made. After talking with staff at both the cloth-shop and the supply store I ended up buying black linen as base. And I made a very simple skirt, of a design that I’ve made many times before(I didn’t even use a pattern). Here I printed but have to admit that I did go in afterwards with a brush and add white paint because I felt they were to pale. Printing is difficult.
Over summer this skirt felt great; I used it may times with my black sandals, a white t-shirt and my big Kalevala pendant. And this look , with my fave chartreuse sweater, was good for work(AC at work never rests). As the season have turned it does feel a bit short. I didn’t line it(too eager to wear it) but fabric for it so might just have to go in and do it properly. And while I’m at it add a trim of velvet or fake leather to make it wearable for fall. I’ve done that a bunch of times with other garments and it’s a look I like actually.