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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sewing clothes

I have not sewed clothes for a really long time. However, after the success of my Shoreline costume at last fall's Wearable Art Fashion Show, I was invited by a fellow participant to make a garment for a Comox groups that gets together once a year in July.
The pattern that everyone is going to make is an out of print pattern Vogue 7335. I was able to buy it online, an unused pattern in sizes 8-10-12, which is a hard to find size in this pattern. And that is because it fits so large. I was forewarned by others in the group who have done a trial run. Even though me personal measurements would indicate otherwise in this case (older patterns have smaller measurements for larger numbered sizes), I cut the pattern to size 8.
Today I used some fabric that I had around to make a first trial of the caftan. And wow, it is large on the bodice. See how the pattern view shows the top as riding high on the neck and covering the shoulders? Well I will have to make a 2 inch pleat on both the front and centre backs to achieve that look. Actually, I think that I will do that on the actual garment, as the pleat, which I will sew down on top and release at the waist, will make a nice design feature.


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