the road to crazytown, it is paved in silk scraps: patchwork pieced deer and doe datura blouse

the genesis of this specimen is from a very innocuous, friendly-seeming book helpfully titled “we love color.”

we love color.” well, so do i – what could be more harmless?

and there i sat, innocently – remember, back before the crazy, and therefore still innocent – innocently paging through this basic modern patchwork book – because did i mention it was a quilting book? – and thinking that maybe there would be a piece in there i could play with.

and then i saw this:

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and my imagination immediately ran off with me. i’ve already mentioned my box of silk scraps – well, suddenly they were calling out to me, screaming even, demanding to be organized and sorted and used.

and, i admit, i was all-too-willing to listen to their siren song. the image resonated with me. i saw in it every color i see in my back yard on sunny days.

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(only right this moment i can’t completely remember what the sun looks like, since this has been my view lately:

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several very exhausting snow days later i had pieced this much of it.

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at which point i sent it to my soul mate in san francisco. this was his feedback.

20140224-111552.jpgundaunted, i continued piecing, eventually taking apart much of the work so that i could add some richness and depth of tone by adding more blue, and getting this.

20140224-111457.jpgat this point there was nothing else to do but fashion it into something reliable, like my deer & doe datura blouse. sheer yoke again, obvi, because i live for the sheer yoke these days.

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and — wait, what is that you say? how is the hem finished?

oh, funny you should ask, it is finished with a serged rolled hem (the only finish that made sense with all of the pieced strips and their misaligned seam alliances).

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say hello to my new friend, and happy birthday to me.

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the rest of the edges – neck, arms, etc – are finished with a hand-rolled hem so that i could keep the silk layers in the front yoke all properly placed and aligned.

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19 Responses to the road to crazytown, it is paved in silk scraps: patchwork pieced deer and doe datura blouse

  1. Leisa says:

    I absolutely love it! its perfectly unique and completely wearable…..hmmm…off to search through my fabric scraps!! I love the direction you are heading in lately, v. inspiring.

  2. Clio says:

    Happy Bday, friend-o-mine! Many many more!
    This top is so you I can’t take it. LOL

  3. Megan says:

    Wow, I love it! I’m so pleased you continued with this ‘undaunted’, it’s a work of art. Yay for using up scraps.

  4. poppykettle says:

    Oh its gorgeous! I love all the colours and lines mixed together! Very inspiring :)

  5. megthegrand says:

    And you are a fabric piecing GENIUS. I love the colors, I love the lines, and goodness gracious, the back is fab! SUPER WELL DONE!

  6. amy nicole says:

    Hi – found you through Oona’s fat quarter challenge (good luck!). I absolutely LOVE what you did with this top – so cool!

    - Amy Nicole
    http://Www.LadyMockingbird.com

  7. crab&bee says:

    Hi! I’m Morgan and I’m running a scrap-sewing themed month for the Sewcialists. I love this project and would like to include an image of it in an upcoming inspiration post (with a link back to your post, of course!) Let me know if this is all right with you! Gorgeous work!

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