Waffle weave – Beginning

Disappointed to have missed the sign up for Jude Hill’s Contemporary Boro class, I have decided to embark on my own.  Like any true fabric collector, I have been setting aside garments for ages — pieces that hold some sort of potential for reworking.  Sometimes, it’s the fabric I love, sometimes, the cut.  But, for whatever reason, the shirts/pants/jackets do not work as wearable items.

Number One goal – to have fun.
Number Two goal – to convert giveaways into comfortable, wearable garments (or special dressy ones, who knows?).
Number Three goal – learn stuff.
Number Four goal – to use what I find, am given, have on hand.  Minimal expenditures.
Number Five goal – share here.
Number Six goal – work up to dyeing cloth/garments this summer.

Of course, Jude — check this out, and this, and this.
Of course, India Flint – check this out.  There are better garment pictures in her first book.

Following directions and working in three dimensions are challenging for me, so in tandem with deconstruction and messing around, I plan to make some clothes – start to finish – with a pattern.

For a tiny bit of background on Boro, there is a Japanese textile overview here  – Kimonoboy.  A collector shares some great pictures, here.  And, of course – if you google “boro textiles” in the images mode, you will be flooded with beauty!

And, what a discovery this morning – THIS site – ‘Denham the Jeanmaker’, whose tagline is “Worship Tradition, Destroy Convention”.  Stylish, sales-oriented, and full of cool ideas.

In any case, my first project, above, aims to be a little more pedestrian and less time-consuming than many of my inspiration sources.  I had already cut the bottom off of the waffle weave shirt, which is worn to a comfortable softness, slightly stained, and currently too-short (oops!) to wear even as a pj top.

I have pinned a tissue-thin plaid as a skirt, some double-folded silk as a mini-peplum, and attached a swatch of embroidered linen over a hole in the chest.  Of course, it would be great to dye the cotton top first, but I’m not there yet.

I am mostly piecing the ‘Middle Passage’ quilt today, which has moved from the board to the floor, and which will NOT be short-cutted by having an informing idea, apparently.  My newest strategy in that regard?  To have slightly more straightforward projects to go to when the going gets too daunting.  Last night I made one-inch, paper-pieced hexagons.  This ‘dress’ might also be something to go to.

5 thoughts on “Waffle weave – Beginning

  1. nancydas

    oh boy! i am going to be watching you! this is what i have been meaning to do for awhile now and i didn’t make it in time for jude’s class either… thanks dee!

  2. saskia

    great ideas Dee,
    that jeanmaker site is super inspiring, I want to make lots!
    am too late for the boro class as well and have decided to go ahead with 3 jacket projects anyway plus a pair of trousers and a linen shirt, all second hand gifts (as is most of my wardrobe)….good luck with the piecing…..will be posting pics of the clothes soon
    what’s a mini-peplum?

  3. deanna7trees

    this is the first of jude’s classes i have passed up. just don’t have time for everything. i have been sewing clothing all my life so i don’t feel too sad. you’ve made a great start. can’t wait to see more. thanks for that jeanmaker link.

  4. serenapotter

    i decided to pass on clothing. having dabbled personally i can tell you that right now i just can’t do it all. i feel the same about dyeing, although i’m super in love with and inspired by those who do, i just know my life, home, and budget only have room for so much. for now i am a quilter! who has a big focus on her health

    maybe when the kids are in school and we’re more settled. i will enjoy seeing what you’re working on and cheering you on!

    i really like your personal goals being listed here though, that list inspires me. i need one. that helps improve focus and that’s what i’m all about lately.

  5. debg

    Bet your dress is comfortable! Have you checked out the Wardrobe Refashion site? It isn’t happening anymore but all the posts are still up for inspiration.


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