Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New Blue


Introducing the latest tablecloth dress (of my own invention)!
It's very symmetrical.
Yes, yes it is. 
But check out the graphics.  How could I do anything but?  It's a very study linen with 2 shades of blue going at full strength.   And a number of holes too.  But, hey, no problemo.  Appliques to the rescue.

a blurry back view in a different colorway
For a surprise view, keep going...

Monday, July 14, 2014

I'm Not In Order Here...

showing my vintage white linen tablecloth dress,

with the split bell sleeves and scallop hem.

but does anybody really care?  If I jump out of line, that is, and post out of order.  No, I didn't think so.

le side view
This was a very large tablecloth given to me by my friend V, who once started, can't stop with the tc donations.  Fine with me, yessireee. 

front view showing inlay
This is the first tablecloth dress I've made that deviated from my series of using Marcy Tilton's French housedress pattern (1-6, with #6 not posted yet).  Being a very large cloth with this beautiful scroll inlay pattern in the center and scallop edging all around, I wanted to use it all.  So I made an ankle length, very simple a-line shift with bust darts and a scoop neckline.  It took several auditions of different styles before I got to these sleeves.  I'm still not totally sure about them, but that's what stayed.

nice and drapey
I added side seam pockets out of thinner white cotton and used 1/4 inch white seam binding (both from my stash) for the neckline.  The filmiest bit of I-don't-know-what ribbon/ gauze that's not quite white was used for ties on the sleeve openings.  That's about it.  I do like the way the scroll inlay goes down the sides and across on both the front and back.  You can see it better on my Clothes for Summer page along with more details.

and don't forget les shoes!
a look down at my blue sandals from ebay
+ close up side view - they zip up the back!

Now, to catch up with all the Visibles at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.  Can't wait.  Come on over!  Oh, and Sheila's Shoe Shine too!  Hey, I'm dressed just right for Sacramento's Share-in-Style: White so let's join the party!  Check it out: all women wearing all white.  woo-hoo!


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Behind the Times with Tablecloth Dress #5

Yes, I've several dresses made that haven't been posted, let along photo-ed yet.   So let's get caught up so I can get back to the future, shall we? 

Tablecloth Dress #5
It's rather sweet, innit?  It couldn't be helped, coming right after the elephant dress and being that it was a lightweight, scalloped, pink floral embroidered kind of tablecloth from a church rummage sale.

le side view
I just went with it.  In fact, it was so expansive, I used the entire cloth for the dress and didn't have to mix and match like I usually do.  That was a first.

and a back shot on the balcony off the sewing studio

Here's a couple in process pix for your viewing pleasure:

appliques

testing...


To see the dress in detail, go to my Clothes for Summer page.   And stay tuned for more as soon as I pause from sewing and start photo-ing. 

No close ups of the pig shoes as I call them.  They're my everyday wear and from the front, they look just like little pigs.  awww.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Renewed and Reconsidered

~ Mother Self-Portrait, Otto, prismacolor pencil on board, 1977 ~

Something's happening here with these tablecloth dresses.  I tried to stop making them after finishing the 6th one.  (You haven't seen the last two yet).  And I found it rather difficult.  In fact, it seemed like I was a bit despondent, or bereft.   I mean it's pretty weird that I made 6 in a row of the same pattern to begin with -  I've never made more than 2 of any one thing that I recall.  I tried looking through books, patterns, online sources, but couldn't get motivated toward anything else.  I was in a pickle or more like a jar full of pickles.

Here's what I think is going on.  My reaction to stopping was a bit overblown for the reality of the situation.  Therefore it was probably symbolic.  What were tablecloth dresses symbolic of?  I'll give you one guess.  My mother.  Yep, they reminded me of home, the 50's when I was born, and Mom used to wear them when I was young (house dresses that is), while the table wore the cloths.

Mom wearing house dress and that's me!

Sh*t, I even used to wear them during the feminist movement in art school.  Back when there were no women artists in any History of Art books and all the art instructors were men.  I wore my Mom's old pink bakery uniforms as painting smocks in my art classes.  

me as grad student in my studio with portrait paintings


I even painted myself wearing 'em


or hanging there as a still life. 



I did figurative narratives which were personal.  Remember the Personal is Political?  Pink was my favorite color and I had lots of pink house dresses to wear. 

mixed media on board of me as an asst. cook at summer art camp


Maybe that's why I felt so comfortable wearing my current tablecloth dresses, like comfort food, you know?  Plus you can be so creative within confined limitations.  Figuring what goes together, where to place the pattern, etc.  


Anyway, here's what I've been doing since I've made myself stop and reconsider what I'm doing and why.  As Jean of Dross into Gold talks about in her latest post, A Meditation, being more mindful of it all in the moment.

Some are still in process, some are complete.  See them after the break...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Tablecloth Dress #4 - Endangered Species

And now for something completely different...

Yep, those are big elephant pockets

complete with a  lion in them, uh-huh.

Let me tell you...
This tablecloth was so big, I was able to get the skirt and bodice out of it.  Having elephants, lions, rhinos, leopards, zebras, wildebeests, plus vessels on a tie-dyed tablecloth is about as good as you can get.  Finding a checked plaid woven tablecloth for the center panel and inside pocket linings was pretty cool too.

A tablecloth dress for the ages.


Straight on.

Obligatory shoe shot from you-know-where.

To see details of Tablecloth Dress #4, just go to my Clothes from Summer page.  You even get to see the back!   And I've got at least 2 more coming...


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