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.
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.