In 2000 I started garment sewing. I eventually started quilting, something I said I'd never do, but that's another story. It only took a few years for that passion to fade but I still loved my sewing machine. I think the reason why that passion died was because I could never get the clothes to fit right. Plus I found other artistic endeavors to pursue. I definitely have ADD when it comes to my creative brain!
My husband and I have been long time fans of Project Runway and for me fabric has always been a great source of inspiration. I love their challenges! One of the challenges was to shop a pet store for materials and one contestant made a dress out of dog collars. One of the things I noticed on each episode was that they used dress forms. Hmmm, I wonder if I got a dress form in my size would that would help me? Yes!
(Stick with me here)... I LOVE Pinterest and have over 100 boards on my page. One of my newer boards is called "Altered Clothing". Instead of starting from scratch I could piece-meal different clothes.
This was the first piece I fell in love with (not created by me):
And this is another one (I love how she did the flowers):
And one day I aspire to do something like this (if only there were more hours in a day!)
So you guessed it! My newest endeavor is Altered Clothing! I went to my local thrift store last week and bought three articles of clothing. A gray sweater which will be my base piece.
A black net-like shirt for draping:
And a dark charcoal gray knit shirt because I liked the "crochet" detail on the back:
My first cut was right up the middle of the front of the sweater because my original thought was to make a cardigan like the pink one in the first picture. I ended up sewing it closed closer to the neck and leaving it open at the bottom, eventually adding the charcoal gray knit to that area so I could wear it like a sweater without my belly hanging out.
I cut the crochet off the back of the knit shirt and hand sewed it onto the back of my sweater. I had two flowers left over so I added some detail to those and sewed those on the front. For the net-shirt I used the sleeves. I reattached these to the cut off sweater sleeves.
And this is the end product:
I finally bought myself a dress form for Christmas and I love it although I do wish I was on the smaller end of the measurements but alas I am not.
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!