Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Shibori Silk Top with Silk Hand Dyed Yoyo's & a give away drawing!



I was very pleased with the way this top turned out but I wasn't pleased with the photos. Most of the mannequins I have to put garments on are a ridiculous size, being so small and narrowed shouldered they aren't real human proportions. I was in a hurry to take some photos before I packed the top up with my other garments to ship to Missouri for the museum show so these were the best I got. I hope you can visualize the uniqueness of this shibori dyed top and the hand sewn yoyo's. Fabric yoyo’s are circles of fabric that when hand stitched turn into fun little rosettes. Traditionally these were made out of cotton prints and made into quilts but I am making them using my hand dyed habotai silk.




I am always challenged when photographing garments. They look best on a person but I rarely have a person handy to model for me when I need to take pictures. Neither my husband nor my two sons are candidates for this, silk scarves and garments are not their forte' and really I'm glad for that.

When my friend Jennifer last visited me we were going to make one of these duct tape forms but wound up being so consumed with giving vintage slip dresses new lives we never found time. I think if I could make one of these it would give me a human shaped mannequin that I could use to photograph garments on but you need someone to help you make it. Is anyone else interested in making one? I could invite you over and we'd have a "duct tape" party?

If anyone knows of a site that shows garments photographed in a special, unique way that appears to be simple enough for me to do I'd like to know that. If you post a link for that, sign up to come to my house to make duct tape mannequins or just comment on my blot I will put your name in a drawing to be held on January 1st with random name drawer and you can win this reticule made from my hand woven fabric and lined with dyed painted silk charmeuse. And I will stuff it full of my dyed silk fabric scraps and ribbons! BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL IN THE COMMENT SO I CAN CONTACT YOU!



8 comments:

eirene said...

Gorgeous work Lorri. Maybe Miss Cathy has mannequin expertise - will ping her!!! I knw she has worked more extensively with dressmakers models.

silk scarves said...

The purse looks cute!

jan said...

Well you know, if it weren't for the travel thing I'd come over in heartbeat for a duct tape party. lol

Anonymous said...

My sister Leslie and Cindy (Mark's DW) and I made a duct tape dummy of me a couple of years ago. It was super ugly and the body had to be 2 sizes bigger than I am. Honestly don't bother! I was thrilled to see it go in the trash.
Caty

Joanne Huffman said...

Wat a cool reticule. I know some people (Beth and Sue for sure, I think Lou, too) who have antique wire mannequins; and because of an idea from Connie,I started to decorate one of those plastic forms that Sam's Cub puts bathing suites on.

Brenda said...

I can't come over to play with duct tape till summer--so we will have to just go with the comment.......I love this bag and would be really happy to win! I met you in Portland and just met Jan in Ohio...both of you have such calm spirits.......
Happy New Year,
Brenda Bliss

Earthtone Studios said...

I just found your blog and love it. Judy Wise has a post on her blog where she duct taped herself. (well someone did it for her) I will have to check out the link you posted too. I would be thrilled to win your wonderful bag and goodies!
earthtonestudios @ yahoo.com

Connie said...

if we get together end of jan early feb, i will willingly wrap you up in duct tape...or vice versa, whichever you prefer!