Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Orange Tree

This was a piece I created for the Picture Book Project (http://picturebookproject.com/PBP/home.html), under Art Blocks for Ghana. The theme of this project is "Home".

I was honored to have been asked by a friend of mine from work (also an art director) to participate. Nervous, but excited, I tried out a couple other things before finally settling on this idea--creating an orange tree from my childhood memories of picking oranges with my family, entirely out of buttons and fabrics. In fact, I thought I had finished the project prior to leaving for my vacation last week to NYC, but while there, I woke up one morning and decided that I wanted to sew hundreds of buttons on for an orange tree. The sketch was developed on my way to NJ on the train, and as soon as I got back, I started on my project and finished in one weekend. :)

Of course, I found out that the deadline had been extended another 2 weeks, but I'm just glad to be done, and am happy with it. Perhaps this will be the beginning of some fabric art!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

More girly garments: Gold-embroidered cotton dress!

It's finally finished! My new dress that I'll get to wear to my first Broadway show with K this Saturday! : )

I started cutting out this dress on Sunday, and last night (Wed) I put the finishing touches on it. It was a struggle b/c I used a Simplicity pattern as a base but I ended up modifying a lot of it, since the design wasn't to my liking. I also found brushed brass buttons that were lying around the house from grandma's sewing drawers, and vintage covered elastic that's beautifully crafted for the button loops.

I am very happy with how it turned out, b/c I'm in love with this gold thread embroidered cotton fabric I found a couple months back. I knew that if I didn't start something in the next couple of months the fabric would never see the light of day. Very happy--wish I could've bought these gold ballet flats that I fell in love with a while back but didn't purchase.