Sunday, July 06, 2008

They Are Like The Clue In The Labyrinth, Or The Compass In The Night

I'd just like to say a very big thank you for all of your kind comments. Particularly regarding the items featured here that I have made. I really love sewing and it's not even about the final product. The honest truth is that I get a kind of simple joy from creating something, whether it be a shirt, a batch of banana muffins or painting. Over the years, I've learnt how to sew, embroider, latch-hook, knit, crochet (pathetically) and bead. I've also dabbled in screen printing and dying. Lately, I've been looking at the costs associated with weaving and making bobbin lace.

That's not to say however that I everything always works out. I have friends who can't believe that I make the things I do and they say that they could never be 'as good' as they seem to think I am. However, most people only see the things that do work out and not the material that I've wasted and the discarded projects.

One such project is this lovely bed jacket which literally haunts me and I haven't the heart to throw it out because I still believe that I can fix up my mistake.
I found it in the costume section of an op shop one day and loved the lace detail. The colours (white and powder blue) were a bit hard to wear and a bit too sweet for me. I found this picture of Sienna Miller and immediately set out to buy some black dye.
(The jacket is the thing in her hand. Sorry, this is the best photo I could find)

A few hours later and as a result of my impatience, this is what I created.
It's a funny dirty navy colour and completely unwearable. There's really no one to blame but myself and if I'd just added the correct amount of hot water, who knows how many fun outings me and my jacket would have had together. However, I think I've gotten over it and hopefully, I'll try to re-dye it sometime within the next few weeks.


The Collector said...

It's enough to make you cry isn't it? I've ruined clothes before when trying to fix them... I hate the sinking feeling you get the moment you realise that whatever you are trying to do didn't work!

H&A said...

how did you get the flower pattern as your backgound ?


Hi from Paris stylish girl

I try to find time to alert stylish blogs and colleagues like yours that the Paris fashion week is over : alléluia ! and that i just posted a best of fashion week shoes that could inspire you.
Please don't collapse ! lol
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a cat of impossible colour said...

Oh dear, I've spoiled clothes like that before, it's heartbreaking. I'm sure it will be fixable, though! :) I can imagine it looking pretty awesome in black.

Fashion Ivy said...

Oh no. and it looked so great

The Clothes Horse said...

That jacket is gorgeous, I hope you get it to a wearable color soon! Such nice items shouldn't ravish away in closets.

esme and the lane way said...

Sorry to hear you are not happy with the results. It is kind of heartening that even people good at making clothes have their moments and boo-boos too. I want to get them right in one go and usually find it just so hard!

elisabeth said...

aw no thats so sad :( i hate when that happens!the last thing i tried to die shrunk and was completely ruinned. i havnt had the guts to try it again. i hope it works out ok the second time around!

A dreamer said...

does it seriously look that awful in real becuase I'm liking the colour that's being projected here through my computer screen...