I feel like my sewing is changing. I've always loved prints but I now think that maybe part of the reason I love sewing with them is because they serve the purpose of embellishment without having to go to the trouble of actually doing anything. Who would embellish a garment that already had that many colors or patterns going on? But lately I've changed - I'm enjoying the work of making my garments more interesting, not relying on a print to make a statement.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not giving up on prints - you only have to look at my stash shelves to realize that's not happening - but I'm thinking about ways to make my garments speak softly, and say interesting things, instead of being a somewhat loud and rowdy party. Does that make sense?
In that regard, here's my latest skirt - certainly not a print, but definitely not just a boring blue linen skirt either. The pattern is Burda 8677, and it's one of the first patterns I bought after I joined Patternreview and discovered there were pattern companies out there other than the Big 4. It's a pretty good skirt on me - not a full circle, so I don't have to deal with all that bias sag, and from a wide yoke rather than a waistband, which is always more comfortable. And since I generally wear my tops untucked, no one will be the wiser, except you all.
Why a rooster? Why not, I guess. Because even though I don't have a great emotional attachment to my chickens, I think they're cool-looking and there are even more interesting looking ones than my girls. I've also been looking at a lot of vintage embroidery lately, though most of that has been linens. And I've been doing a lot of picky handwork because of the 1912 Project but I didn't feel like working on one of their patterns.
The original idea was to do a reverse appliqué (a la Alabama Chanin, whose projects are all over the internet these days and whose work I like, though I don't know as it's totally me). I've tried reverse appliqué in a knit and didn't much like it, but I thought about doing it on this linen skirt (which is sturdy enough to have holes cut into it), and then when I was rummaging around for an appropriate background fabric - I wanted loud stripes - I ended up finding this vintage yellow cotton from my great grandmom's remnant bin, and it had chickens on it! Perfect, right?
Except as I started outlining the stencil (which I made), I started liking how just the red outline of the rooster looked on the linen. I chose red initially because there's some red in the vintage cotton; I also think it looks good on the gray/blue - it perks it up a little. When I realized my bright idea might be going sideways, I just kept going. What else was there to do? When I finished the rooster, I decided I really liked him plain. Then I added some green "grass" on either side of him. Then I got another idea.
I could still do the reverse applique, but in a less obvious place. How many people are going to look at this skirt and think "rooster?" They're going to think "chicken." And chickens lay eggs.
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