Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Shibori Dyed Cape

Cape Front

Finally finished just in time for attending a wedding.  For those of you who haven't been following all of the dying steps, this is a recycled white polyester satin skirt from a wedding dress.    I made up the pattern to fit the pieces of fabric.    Because of the sheen to the fabric, the look of the color changes with the light.    

Cape Back

I think this is the closest to the real color of the cape.


Cape Side View

Front Detail

I made small piping to go around these buttons.   As you can see, this cape is heavily quilted with a pattern that flows vertically.     I thought that would help with the drape.

I finished the neck by making darts to take in the neck and add more girth to the cape at the shoulders.     I then folded some of that quilted fabric over, put in some temporary stay stitches, then quilted from the front to hold things in place.   I did not want a 'ring around the neck', but rather a flow.   This formed a slight ruffle around the neck.  I'm very happy with the results.     Not sure I ever want to make something this complicated to finish again.    I faced the edges, then added a lining.   LOTS of hand work.   I do love the dye process.     Tedious, but fun results.

11 comments:

Anita said...

Beautiful!

Judys Fiber Art said...

I know this was a very big project, but it is absolutely stunning. So worth the effort. Don't upstage the bride.

Marilyn Wall said...

Wow Ann this is beautiful.

Marilyn Wall said...

Wow Ann, this is beautiful

acarolegrant said...

Ann.. this is stunning!!
Make sure you enter it into a show... wearables!
Wow.. all I can say is .. wow! It is so beautiful!

lindflwr said...

Just stunning. I love it.
Dianne Leatherdale Johnson

norma said...

It's stunning! You should be a big hit at the wedding.

ann said...

Thanks for all the nice comments. I am wearing it to the rehersal dinner so that it is seen before the wedding.

Dolores said...

Very beautiful! Love the dyeing .

Nancy said...

This is lovely.

Lynda Thompson said...

This is fantastic. I love the idea, the color and the thread design. You could easily sell these I bet.