Sunday, May 04, 2008

Jackson Pollack Wearable Art Skirt-part 3

Remembering that I started out with all my pieces laid out on a big piece of plastic on the driveway, I am getting itchy to do another project soon. Throwing paint is so much fun!

Here, I am changing the Jackson Pollack design to something else. I've added really big butterfly stamping across the front and back of the skirt. By sewing only one seam together, I can arrange the butterfly design going across the back of the skirt and around the front where it flutters in an upward motion.

Additionally, I've placed the top above the skirt front to stamp butterflies there also. Hopefully, when I wear them together, it will look like a natural movement.

At this point, I really didn't like the skirt too much. Those butterflies are really big and really bright. Oh well, as I said to myself before I started all of this, I can just toss it if I really, really hate it.

Every project has an adolescent stage that is awkward. Sometimes it's hard to push through it to see how it is going to turn out. There are days when I still wonder if I am still in that stage myself, but there isn't anything to do but to keep on trying things out.

So, now the skirt has been sewn together, hemmed and the elastic inserted into the waistband.

Since I've made this pattern so many times, I haven't even tried it on yet. I know it fits and I know the hem is perfect.

How good is that? Do you know how much pleasure it is to get so familiar with a pattern, you don't even have to fool with the fitting anymore?

It's great, that's what it is. No worry, no internal fussing, no changing in and out of clothes during the project at all!

If you look closely, you can see that I added the text to the skirt also. In black fabric ink, using a fuzzy typewriter font, I let the words drift across the front to the back: "Change is to give up what we are to become what we could be."

This is the back of the skirt.

Red paint predominates here as opposed to the front where dark blue is slashed sideways. I could have used either side as front or back since there is only one pattern piece for this bias A line skirt. That's another reason why I like using this McCall's 2172 so much.

And, simplicity in a pattern lets you go wild in every choice you make.

Sure, everyone can use a plain white skirt, or a simple black skirt to wear with a great top or an interesting jacket. But, once you get those out of the way, every skirt you make can be full of new design choices and "what ifs".

This skirt was a fun adventure. And, I did wear it. And, two strangers called to me across the street and said, "Great skirt!"

Now, how good is that?


Barb Smith said...

OMG...this is fabulous, Adrian!!! And you tried to tell me you only sew and don't create art! sill woman...this IS art...Beautiful, wonderful, magical ART!!! I love it!
Peace & Love,

Adrian said...

Thanks Barb, I do enjoy wearing this skirt, mostly because I really love the tranformation symbology of butterfly love. And, the quote on the skirt is one to remember everyday.
Peace to you, too