Saturday, 10 October 2009

hanabi shirt in chocolate brown

I know it must seem like all I ever do lately is print hanabi in different ways on different fabrics. One of my work colleagues even suggested I could keep going and make a whole range of clothes with hanabi. But that would be kind of wacky. In my defense I will say that I printed this one a while ago when it was called particles but today I sewed it into this shirt.
I'm calling this one hanabi shirt in chocolate brown. Now for all you super nifty sewers out there I have to let you know something - I made this without a pattern! Yep, that's right, I free-wheeled it and just cut the fabric out around a shirt I've had for years and really like. It was definitely scary to do this. I kept thinking, oh man you are going to mess this up. And I will say it's not perfect. BUT it does have lining inside it! I've never put lining in anything before so that was kind of interesting. I bought this super soft light-weight natural coloured cotton lining because I wanted the shirt to feel really soft against my skin. It took ages for me to work out how to do it so that it looked as nice on the inside (well almost) as it does on the outside (I'm talking stitching here) but I got there eventually. And I made friends with my iron. I had no idea how useful an iron can be with sewing.
This pic is just to prove my story about the lining. Just in case you thought I was fibbing or something.

10 comments:

  1. Well you did better than me!;-)

    This week I tried to make a t-shirt...(I recently completed a pattern making course) However I failed badly sewing the binding or whatever you call it around the neck. I'll have another go at it next week!

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  2. I think it's fabulous! The fabric design is just gorgeous and (I have to tell you) I love the free wheeling! So glad to know I'm not the only one who does that ;) K

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  3. Well done. Looks fantastic and you're much braver than I. I read the pattern from beginning to end before I can even cut it out and even then I'll have misread the sizing or the sizing is just plain wrong and I have to unpick it all and start again.

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  4. Ohh I love it! Great to hear that you didn't use a pattern... that means there's still hope for me ;)

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  5. Thanks for your sweet comments. Glad to know I'm not boring people with my hanabi prints :)

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  6. This is so inspiring! The printing on fabric. The sewing. The sewing without a pattern. I may be a bit overwhelmed. Beautiful.

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  7. don't stop at clothes kylie .. you've got this print on a lampshade haven't you? you may as well do the lounge and floorboards now so that you can disappear entirely when you're wearing this outfit. (not that i'm suggesting that you need to disappear).

    very very impressive.

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  8. I like your hanabi printings. It's sober and very elegant.

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