Friday, January 4, 2013

Fabrics & Frocks From Fabulous Friends

As the new year opens, I want to acknowledge the wonderful friends who have sent fantastic fabric and fabulous frockery my way.

~ painting by Adrian Baker ~

You won't believe the spectacle of amazingness you are about to see.  Many thanks go to Melanie from blogland; P from school; and my gal gang E, S and V.

See all the pics after the break... 

First up is the extraordinary thrifted coat from V:
full front view of wool coat
and close up of woven inlays




and close up
amazing back view


side view of sleeve
embroidered V's initials on label














It fits perfectly too!!!!











 followed by an awesome thrifted silk & embroidered jacket also from V
 - meant to be used as scrap fabric to mend the hemline of coat above, but I just couldn't cut into it:

front
and back

 plus detail



  A gorgeous thrifted vest and 2 truly unique handmade necklaces from S:

Front view
and back




















All fits great!



close up of 2 groovy necklaces



A handsome handmade knit infinity scarf from E:
that's soft, beautiful and pink

and a personalized sketchbook handmade by E:
a  mandala of moi cover created by E
flip side has my fav student anatomy drawing seen in school!

The gang from the Sewing Rebellion had decided to give each other thrifted or hand-made gifts this holiday season.  It was a blast!  And we're already thinking about next year.





 A voluptuous thrifted velvet beaded jacket with matching top from P in my watercolor class:
front

back
too cool detail
It's very large, but I wear it anyway.  The top has a full length detachable zipper so it can be worn backwards as a jacket too.



And a divine thrifted, ankle-length, lace knit dress from P:
back view
buttons down with slits at sides























view of label
  Fits perfectly after I accidentally shrunk it in the wash.




From the loverly Melaine of Bag and a Beret:
 4 golden lengths of different fabrics
Each is more luscious than the next.  I haven't been able to make up my mind on what to make from which piece yet.  That's my totem on top, resting, guarding, blessing them all.



Wishing you all a fantastic new year!
yeah.

I'm linking up with Katy of Modly Chic's re-established FBFF



18 comments:

  1. What incredible and inspiring pieces! I am especially drawn to that vest. Looking forward to seeing your projects this year.

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    1. I know, I couldn't believe how wonderful each piece was and how they were so like me. The vest reminded me of ties with that trim along the front and sides/back. It seems like it would be really easy to make. The sides are just two rectangles with patch pockets at the bottom and you can see how the back and front are also rectangles of cloth.

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  2. So beautiful, and all entirely YOU! What moving abundance. :)

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    1. I know. I'm not worthy. But I still want to keep them all, okay?

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  3. Ummm...can I be friends with your friends? Exquisite taste, all around. Blogland is truly Wonderland, or Oz. Who knew? Can't wait to see your iterations.

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    1. Well, they aren't bloggers, Jean. I get to see them in person. Like this afternoon at Stella's for a big cup of steaming Chai, mmmmm. And we'll get to see who's wearing what from our fabulous gift exchange! Then again, if I was a world traveler like yourself, I could be visiting all my blogger friends just like that! I'm afraid to cut into that gorgeous fabric sent my way from Ms. Melanie. I'll have to work up to it.

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  4. Okay, you have awesome friends! What exquisite pieces worthy of countless expletives of appreciation. I can see you wearing each one. I love your totems on the fabric vibing it up. Hugs. Happy new year.

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    1. Yes, yes, yes! Now that you mention it, that totem does remind me a little of you. I'll have to get a better shot of her. She's wearing a multi-colored metallic thread mini and has a feather sticking out of her head. And she's always twirling around on one foot.

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  5. Score! They are all such beautiful pieces. I think I love the coat with the woven inlays best though all are worthy of admiration. Such great friends you have!

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    1. Yes, you're the weaver. Would you ever do something like that with bits and pieces of woven designs? I realized I haven't a single woven anything along those lines. Yes, we're a troupe.

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  6. Oooooh, as I scrolled down through the pix my eyes filled with delight! That first coat... OMG. Looking forward to your adventures with all these goodies!

    And I really must finish your Fashion Icon portrait which has been languishing in vector land way too long.

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    1. Yes, that's why I just had to take pix and show them off.

      ahhh, languishing is not so bad...glamorous even, in a victorian/hollywood sort of way, don't you think?

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  7. Wow! You have very good friends. I love the coat & the velvet jacket especially. I look forward to seeing what you make from the fabric.

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    1. Yes, yes I do. I'm thinking something kimono-esque for the golden-orange brocade type fabric on the bottom. And something with an exposed detachable zipper on the sheer fabric with gold raised dots (second one down). Other than that, I don't know exactly.

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  8. such beautiful pieces!!! they are stunning works of art!!! Can't wait to see what you make from the fabrics!!!

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    1. I get sew-er's block every time I get close to those golden fabrics.

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  9. All the clothes are sooooooooooooo wonderful, Pao, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I am so looking forward to see you wearing and creating with them.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. I've worn everything at least once so far, most more. But the special fabric, I keep bringing it out, but am scared to cut it.

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