Clothing for the Body & Soul

Crimson Forest

After my interview with Sandi of Crafty Planner, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed the process of planning and working out the details of a garment so I thought that it would be fun to document from the beginning to the end of making a garment using this space.

I have this blog and I was not regularly posting on it. I spend a lot of time posting on Facebook, about a lot of different stuff, but not necessarily in any kind of order of how and/or why I am making a garment. So for now, I am going to use the blog to post about the work and Facebook for all my other meanderings.

Sometimes when I begin a new garment, it doesn’t have a name. I can spend lots of time trying to come up with a name. With this latest garment, the name was right there, Crimson Forest.

My friend, Marguerite Snow sent me a bunch of red, pink, orange and purple batiks. Altogether in that box, they were so hot and luscious, as soon as I laid eyes on them I knew I wanted to use them in a coat. I hauled them all the way to Alaska, thinking I would work on them there, I didn’t, but I did add a few more fabrics to the collection.

fabric collection

Now that I had this collection, I had to decide how I am going to approach getting the fabrics into a coat. I decided to go with a scrappy look. I remembered that I had purchased a pattern Carnaval Quilt from Maryline Collioud-Robert www.marylinecollioudrobert.com. Now, would be a good time to take a look at it to see if it would work for this project.

After reading through the pattern, I decided that I could adapt it for Crimson Forrest. In the past, I have used a similar technique for some of my garments; I appreciated how she had a recipe for cutting. I changed some of the numbers for cutting the strips, I didn’t want some of my strips as large for a coat and I replaced her smaller blocks with my tree blocks. She used stripe fabrics; I only had a couple, not enough for my project.  So, I built some stripe fabrics by sewing strips together to use the same way she used the stripe fabrics.

31 tree patterns

Trees fabrics

the trees are all done

stripe fabric

Now that I finished building my forest, I will cut my strips to make my blocks.

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Posted by rachel on Mon, September 4 2017 » Garments

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