It’s been a few weeks, but I’m still sewing with little pieces of time here and there. The blogging keeps me enthused to keep trying new things, and it’s such a fun way to communicate with other sewers!
I love these Lynn Mizono shirts and this is my third one! Vogue pattern 1274 is a fun pattern to work with, since there are so many ways to manipulate the pattern. Both main fabrics are inexpensive but soft and comfortable rayon solids. The tan was boring, boring, boring, so the stencils came out of the drawer to make two different patterns. The gelli-plate i used for printing was fun, but not necessary for these designs. However, try one if you haven’t because there are lots of inspiring ways to use the plates.The back panel is split up to add a little detail, since I decided to cut off the wings. If you’ve made this pattern you will know about the wings! They are cool, but just not my style, I also make the sleeves straight instead of having more fabric at the cuff.
The split sleeves were a mistake. which I refer to as a GDO (good design opportunity). Instead of getting all worked up about a mistake I just try to think of a cool way to use it to improve the design. I cut them backwards, but liked the harlequin effect at the shoulder. I just decided to get out my harlequin stencil to match,. The two different prints sure fixed the boring beige!
Above is a photo of both sides of the strip button placket. My BSF helped me with the buttons. She has an incredible button stash. We could not find the right set of buttons so we decided using mixed colors would be the way to go. The look is especially nice with the stripe button placket I decided to insert.
Colorado is having a wet cool spring, so I’m still waiting to wear this….can’t wait!
This is a really cool version of this shirt. I’ve made the pattern once, with the wings, and have yet to wear it. I think it’s time to get rid of the wings, as they’re just too much fabric for my bod!
Some can look great with this pattern as is, but if you’re not wearing it time to chop it off! The other option is to fold in a wing and make it into a pocket. See this version for an example. https://westzenstudio.com/2014/09/02/can-i-still-wear-linen-after-labor-day/
I love the way you added the colors with paint. I have such fun with my gelli plate, but haven’t had the right fabric to make it work the way I like it (just paper, so far). It’s addictive. Great pattern mixing with stencils, too.
I need to spend more time with the gelli plate, but I love all the possibilities!
Love it. The Gelli Plate prints are gorgeous. Do you roll fabric paint on the plate? Never done it but I’m going to try it!
You mix the colors on a surface with the brayer. Place a stencil on the gelli plate and then roll the color on the plate. Remove the stencil and flip the plate onto the fabric. The gelli arts website explains it better!
Thanks! I’m on it.
A very nice take on a tunic — both the pattern and the fabric/trim/stencil details. I’ll look up that pattern, as I also really like tunics. I’m also loving Mizono designs.
I really love your interpretation of this Lynn Mizono design. Stunningly gorgeous all around with your creative use of fabrics and amazing artistry! In the past, I quickly dismissed these patterns feeling that they would overwhelm my 5’3″ frame. Now because of you sharing your work, I’m taking another look with a fresh perspective. Thanks for sharing your tip on using the “oops!” sleeves…simply a genius idea. And if you hadn’t mentioned it, none of us would never have known 😉
Beautiful! My comments are exactly the same as Louisa, so I’ll just say “ditto!”
Well thanks “ditto”!
Very nice shirt! I love the self-printed fabric and the bright strip for the buttons. So out-of-the-ordinary!
Glad you liked the bright button insert. The shirt needed a little surprise pop!
wow, this is super exciting and inspiring to me – so much to look at! Initially I thought you had found such interesting coordinating fabric; but no, you CREATED the fabric. The striped button band with the more intense colors from the stencils is a terrific touch, too. Have 2 kids backpacking in Colorado at the moment so have been hearing a lot about the cool wet spring!
thanks for sharing your work, Ceci
Thanks! I love printing fabric and hope to do more in the future.