Saturday, May 22, 2010
It is a sunny, toasty day here in Maimi, a perfect day to to go to the ocean and start my summer reading. I am reading A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick, a New York Times best seller and so intriquing. One of those books you don`t want to put down, good beach reading.
Although I am now concentrating on designing printed fabric, after returning from the beach one day last year , I was inspired to sit down and hand paint this little Sea Side mermaid and shell toddler jacket. It is about a 12 18 month size.
I used a rayon charmeuse fabric to paint on and Jacquard dye Na flow for the paints with a clear resist. The paints flow so beautifully on the charmeuse. The hand on this jacket is so luxurious. It would be precious over a bathing suit at the sea side resort or a little sundress, it is pretty fancy and one of a kind. I adore the look of silk painting and in my fabric design now I still try to achieve the same free flowing watercolor feel.
I began by tracing my pattern on my fabric and painting on the front and back pattern pieces that I needed to cut and sew the jacket. This allowed me to place my designs in exact position. After painting the background of the front of the jacket, I cut and appliqued the fish with my viking embroidery machine. I have a hugh stash of vintage and new fabrics and lined the jacket with a pretty pink eyelet fabric and little polka dot cuffs.
This little jacket is now in my Babybonbons Etsy shop.
hmmmm, after writing this, I decided to try to replicate this design for one of my personalized blankets. I guess I may not get out to the beach today after all. But will put my design up soon for all to see....
Have a sweet weekend,