Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Own Couture Garment- Part 2

Close-up of the stitching on my handmade felt button.

 


Adding a loop to the back.

 


Cutting black leather to size.

 


Covering all of the ugly foundation stitches.

 


The garment back.

 


A close-up of the golden-brown bits in the felt.

 


The garment front.

 


As you can see...

...my finished garment ended up being rather straightforward in style.

Despite a week spent making flounces and flourishes...

...in the end, the only couture detail I could commit to was a button! :)

Maybe this is one of the joyful lessons of mid-life...

...accepting one's own personal style, and fashioning something to suit?

After all, this is a project that (for once) won't be given away...

...and one which has already found a home among my fall wardrobe!

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19 comments:

red2white said...

very pretty, Heather, both the shape and the color!

vilterietje said...

wowzer!!!!!
lovely garment and even more beautiful color:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Monika and Riet!! XXO-

Fiona said...

I love it as well. The flairing line is fantastic.

FeltersJourney said...

You created a beautiful top Heather! I love your style - I'm not really a flourish / flounce girl either :) And your button is FANTASTIC! did you stitch or glue the leather back on?

Hope you wear it lots xx

Rachel said...

You've done really well, and the button is a great detail!

Viltalakim said...

well done!!! I admire your courage tio cut in your felt!! I once did that too and I think never again... I´ll better try and make it seamless , my sewing skills ain+t great... hihihihi

Kelly said...

I think you and I have very similar tastes. While I appreciate the beautiful details of flounces and such, I always find myself drawn to simple designs. This is beautiful and hopefully you will always be happy when wearing it!! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks so much, all!!
(I really felt like the 'plain little sister' of my group, with all of their beautiful and exciting creations...but I was afraid that I would get it home and never wear it if I made it any 'wilder'! Grin)
P.S. Deborah--The leather is glued on (Sobo).

Sandie Knapp said...

Very nice button, and it goes so very well with your top. Nothing at all "plain little sister" about you either, and I have to tell you, your pictures do not do you justice. You are even lovelier in person. :)

Fiona said...

Oh Heather! So amazing! I love the simpicity of the cut...simplicity is often harder to attain than frills!:) And the shifting greens are gorgeous...with just that little hint of coppery colour...I almost never keep anything I make...in my case it all gets sold...isn't it just such a special thing to set out with the intention (and to actually follow through!) of making something...just for you. Love the button too!

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--You are such a sweetie...thank you!
Fiona--Thanks so much! I loved the poetry of your full moon indigo dyeing post, too. You're such a lovely writer!

Abigail Thomas said...

This is such a beauty! The variegated green is so lush and that button is all it needs really!

Heather Woollove said...

Abigail-Thanks for the encouraging words! XXO-

Melissa Plank said...

WOW, this is soooo beautiful, the color, the cut, everything! Amazing!

Loco Lindy said...

Your top turned out GREAT, Heather! Love it, and would love to see it on you. The button is the perfect touch :)

Pink Knitter said...

Beautiful work. It is couture, you made it especially for your tastes. I learned a lesson in making felted fabric for my coat. While I love the fabric I created, it is unlikely that I will ever wear the coat.

I think it's very smart to think about what your style is & then make something that fits.

Love the button!

Pink Knitter said...

Also, I wanted to add: Liz Clay creates lovely high fashion items, some that are ready for the runway. But I noticed at this Fling & in '09, her personal style seems to be simple, elegance. IMHO, that is what you created in your piece.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Melissa and Lindy!!
Shelly--You're right about Liz's uncomplicated personal style. I just love how she dresses herself!