Clothing for the Body & Soul

Utterly Blue

The Houston International Quilt Festival has decided to not host the Bernina Fashion Show. Having done five garments, beginning with the Fairfield Show, this is the last piece that I created for the Bernina Fashion Show.

Utterly Blue Front Open Utterly Blue Closed Front

My garment was inspired by the wood carvings on an African door. I chose to work with cotton, wool, linen, silk and some hand-dyes in different shades of blue. The vintage pattern that I used is a cape from 1937 with shaped shoulders. The orange hand-dyed jacquard that is featured in the lining was created by Adebayo’s sister in Nigeria. I made the sleeveless blouse and pants to complete the ensemble. You have to have an ensemble when you do something like this and I basically threw them in there.

  Utterly Blue Back Utterly Blue Detail

The center back panel of the cape is embellished with beads and buttons.

Posted by rachel on Tue, February 3 2009 » Garments

2 Responses

  1. Carmen August 12 2010 @ 3:46 pm

    The coat is exquisite. I really enjoyed your trunk show and demonstration on The Quilt Show. Besides your work, your shoes were so unique. Can you share where you purchased them. A search on the internet was fruitless unless I want to order them from Australia or Columbia!
    Thank you. I know you are very busy.

  2. rachel Clark August 12 2010 @ 9:19 pm

    I don’t have a problem sharing the information. They are a lovely young couple that I met at our quilt show. Their website is:


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