this piece was actually originally inspired by the same lookbook shot that gave birth to my deer and doe datura.
but, as things do, it evolved – mostly when i looked at my datura next to the skirt and realized that the colors weren’t actually as compatible as i hoped. symposium, as it turns out, has a fair amount of blue.
my next stop in styling was to consider my colette nutmeg cami. but we’ve already been over that.
so i had no choice but to buckle down and focus on the skirt. originally cut almost a year ago, it got stenciled about a month ago and then finished intermittently over the past several weeks – mostly during commercial breaks of CSI: Miami, which just proves that i’ll binge-watch almost any crime procedural if a network runs it on a weekday night when i need some background noise to keep the sewing smooth.
but seriously – hasn’t anyone in the CSI: universe realized that most of that detective work would be done by, you know, actual detectives? and the dialogue. shoot me now. in law & order we trust, is all i can say. at least jerry orbach was funny.
um, where was i?
for the applique, i decided to go for a source i’ve been debating for several months – the scrap box. it may be the hoarder in me, but i have a huge box of nearly-unusable scrap fragments. as part of this project, i separated out all of the silk remnants and got to work. the result is a hand-pieced, hand-appliqued sort of hybrid string quilt.
most of the pieces – especially in the rose petals and on the stem – i cut on the grain and then tore, so they are pretty much uniform. the leaves are a free-for-all of silk scraps in several shades of green. i left the edges raw because i thought that contributed to the look. all the pieces are catchstitched with heavy DMC embroidery floss. the side seams are exposed and also opened with a catch stitch. the zipper is hand-picked and beaded and there is a ribbon stay instead of a waistband.
i used the alabama chanin rose placement stencil and, as a point of departure, the string applique technique discussed in alabama studio sewing + design.
this piece is definitely borderline – skirting the edge between awesome and crafty. but i really kind of love it. it’s a statement piece for sure.