Tranquil Waters Dress

Tranquil Waters DressAlmost 2 years ago I wove and dyed 3 some yards of Handwoven Shibori fabric. The dyed fabric reminded me of the tranquil waters in the Bahamas. I wanted to make something to wear, but what? In my mind I envisioned a dress, but there wasn’t enough fabric. The Shibori fabric would need to be the focal point in the dress. So I wove another 3 yards of solid color fabric in a simple 8 harness twill, using a cotton/silk blend. The Shibori fabric is made from 8/2 Tencel.  These two fabrics were used to sew the dress using Simplicity 1586 pattern.  I  modeled the dress in the Contemporary Handweavers of Texas 2015 conference fashion show this past weekend. The back of the dress also has the center panel of handwoven Shibori fabric with side panels in the twill fabric. It only took 2 years but I accomplished my goal. The challenge now is to find a use for the remaining fabric.  What do you envision creating?

 

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10 responses to “Tranquil Waters Dress

  1. How great! It must feel amazing to wear something made from fabric you wove yourself–I bet you got a lot of attention at the conference!

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  2. Way to go Barb. The dress is beautiful and shows off the Shibori panel perfectly. Maybe a matching purse with the leftover fabric?

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  3. Your dress is beautiful, Barbara! It looks lovely on you. You should wear it to a CHH meeting so everyone who was not at CHT can see it. It took me 2 years to finish my upholstery fabric, too! LOL!

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  4. Lovely dress, Barb! What a great way to highlight the shibori and make it work with your original idea for a dress. And it does evoke the cool waters of the Caribbean. Nicely done!

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