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Topic: Sleeveless Wool and Silk Quilted Jacket  (Read 7882 times)
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« on: February 10, 2010 09:18:14 AM »

I haven't posted on here much lately, I feel like the better my work gets in context, the less it fits here, and the less response it gets, probably because it is less 'crafty' in nature.

But anyway, this one's pretty simple with some quilting, so I thought, why not. Plus I'm taking a class in portfolio documentation, so I actually have some not-terrible photos of it.






Wool was originally an army long coat, dyed black and recut. Silk was hand-dyed in shades of red, then cut and sewn into the traditional "grandmother's flower garden" hexagon patchwork. This was then formed into the lining of the coat, with batting in between, and the entirety was quilted all the way through to the outside of the jacket. Collar is a section of felted wool sweater. Button is carved out of stiff leather.
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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2010 09:56:03 AM »

I love the look of this jacket. A bit dystopian, maybe? All the little details are pretty amazing.
Awesome work.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2010 10:02:40 AM »

Oh gorgeous!  I love to visit your blog and see your projects.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2010 10:06:39 AM »

holy cow this is amazing!

I can't imagine how much work must have gone into that. Great Job!
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2010 10:11:30 AM »

wow that is beautiful! I feel like I'd wear the lining on the outside if that were mine, but I'm slighting obsessed with red... I do love the outside though and that you quilted it so one can see the hexagon shapes.. it looks great
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2010 10:34:18 AM »

Oh the classic "crafting vs designing" argument.  Roll Eyes

Regardless, I love the use of all the different shades of red, and the re-use of the different materials that went into it....
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2010 10:52:53 AM »

Oh the classic "crafting vs designing" argument.  Roll Eyes

Regardless, I love the use of all the different shades of red, and the re-use of the different materials that went into it....

I'm not a designer either--not at all, actually. I'm a Crafts major, so it's really the classic Craft vs 'crafty' argument that gets beaten into us all day every day by our teachers.
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010 11:37:33 AM »

This is fabulous! I love everything about it!
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2010 11:58:32 AM »

I really like this.

What is this craft v. crafty argument you guys are talking about?
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2010 01:39:06 PM »

The quilted lining looks amazing, and I am in love with all those shades of red.
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2010 01:48:39 PM »

Beautifully done - love all the details that went into it.
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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2010 02:02:55 PM »

Holy Geeze. I would wear that jacket inside out all the time so everyone could see how absolutely AWESOME the lining is. Heck yeah.
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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2010 03:53:29 PM »

oh. my. god.

Splendid!
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« Reply #13 on: February 10, 2010 05:50:24 PM »

I think your project looks great! I think I prefer it to a lot of supposedly "wearable" art that I've seen in books etc. The fact that there aren't 10 million colors and things hanging off of it brings out the craftsmanship nicely. Hooray!
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« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2010 07:11:08 PM »

AGGH!  I LOVE THIS!  I would wear it in a heartbeat.  Please don't stop posting here...I love seeing your works!
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« Reply #15 on: February 10, 2010 09:00:18 PM »

I LOVE red, I LOVE hexagons, and I LOVE clever original stuff. Hence, I LOVE THIS!
Dang, I can't imagine all the work and love that went into this, but it totally shows and it's awesome!
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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2010 01:28:33 AM »

Fantastic work. Good shape and I like the contrast of the red silk inside.
You always have a high level of finish to your stuff and you really seem to be able to translate your ideas into fantastic finished products (your jelly fish dress is my favourite thing I've seen on crafster ever) which is what proper craft is all about. 
I understand the whole Craft Vs Crafty debate. It's about things being crafted in the oldest sense of the word, put together with time and expertise, to produce something of extremely high quality. I'm a seamstress making heritage grade, hand sewn, period furnishings and I did a long apprenticeship before I could truly call myself a craftswomen.
(I'm not knocking the enthusiastic hobby crafter at all, I still am  one of those. I dabble in all kinds of crafts with extremely mixed results)
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« Reply #17 on: February 11, 2010 02:45:48 AM »

Oh wow!! I think this is superbly beautyfool! Thank you for sharing it here. I love the softness that it shows, and it must look very elegenant wearing it. Do you wear it yourself? I have to learn this hexagon quilting... I also like that you painted the different shades of red yourself, very subtle.

And where can you follow a major in craft? Where is that place, it must be heaven.

As for the crafty vs craft vs design topic. I think some designers might not be crafty at all, and some craft people wouldnt be interested in design. I see them as three different worlds, together they can influence and inspire eachother. But I can see if you are in the middle of it all, discussion about can mean a lot.

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« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2010 05:49:24 AM »

I love the lining - what beautiful craftsmanship!! 
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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2010 07:37:12 AM »

And where can you follow a major in craft? Where is that place, it must be heaven.

There are several schools, but I'm currently in my senior year at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. They offer a major in Crafts with a concentration in fibers, glass, ceramics, metals and wood.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2010 07:55:11 AM »

And this is totally a project i need to wist!

you are doing excellent work, and should absolutely go on sharing it here for the benefit of all craftsters, since we're here because we appreciate beautiful things.

as to the crafts/design debate, i have a slightly different take on the whole thing. Design is snobby, craft is inclusive. Both can be beautiful, but the design people need an essay to prove it sometimes. Craft is a bit more egalitarian, and doesn't come with a bunch of useless theorizing. Well, I guess it can and sometimes does, but we can ignore those people. They obviously need another craft, what with having enough free time to write the essay in the first place!  Wink

i'm on my way to check out your blog right now!


ps. what is this jellyfish dress that was mentioned? I think i missed something good!
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« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2010 08:07:13 AM »

The lining is astonishingly beautiful; I love the varigated reds and I really, really want to touch it. I love the look of the collar and button flap too. There's this nice dichotomy between the very utilitarian look of the outside and the very luxurious look of the inside that I just love. And the reuse of materials makes me love it all the more.
There are a lot of wonderful things on Craftster that just get overlooked- there is a lot on here to digest and some things just slip by. I wouldn't necessarily take a lack of responce personally. Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2010 10:10:45 AM »

this is GORGEOUS!!!
beautiful work!!
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« Reply #23 on: February 11, 2010 10:50:20 AM »

It's harder to respond effectively to work that's beyond the professional level. When I see something obviously homemade, I can ask about the techniques with some hope of being able to duplicate them myself and getting a similar result. When I see something small and fast looking, again, some hope of duplicating.

When I see something like your gorgeous fabulous to-die-for coat, all that comes to mind is a regret for not having the clothing budget to offer you the $200+ the coat's worth to make one for me.

Well, obviously, the first thought is jaw dropping awe and a feeling that I'd really want to hug someone I saw wearing the coat, but I mean, after that, when I think about posting a response.
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« Reply #24 on: February 11, 2010 11:10:58 AM »

I wish you would post more, all of your things are wonderful.
I love them.

This one is gorgeous! How long did it take to make?
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« Reply #25 on: February 11, 2010 11:23:08 AM »

It's harder to respond effectively to work that's beyond the professional level. When I see something obviously homemade, I can ask about the techniques with some hope of being able to duplicate them myself and getting a similar result. When I see something small and fast looking, again, some hope of duplicating.

When I see something like your gorgeous fabulous to-die-for coat, all that comes to mind is a regret for not having the clothing budget to offer you the $200+ the coat's worth to make one for me.

Well said!
When I see professional quality items like this one I seldom leave a comment, because I figure: 'what could a clueless one like me say that the maker doesn't already know?'.

That said: this is fantastic, and I could love to see in on a model because I'm fascinated by the shoulder line and want to see how it lands.   Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: February 11, 2010 11:34:54 AM »

It's harder to respond effectively to work that's beyond the professional level. When I see something obviously homemade, I can ask about the techniques with some hope of being able to duplicate them myself and getting a similar result. When I see something small and fast looking, again, some hope of duplicating.

When I see something like your gorgeous fabulous to-die-for coat, all that comes to mind is a regret for not having the clothing budget to offer you the $200+ the coat's worth to make one for me.

Well said!
When I see professional quality items like this one I seldom leave a comment, because I figure: 'what could a clueless one like me say that the maker doesn't already know?'.

That said: this is fantastic, and I could love to see in on a model because I'm fascinated by the shoulder line and want to see how it lands.   Smiley

Ah, that's silly. Anyone can do and make the thing's I'm working on, it just takes time and patience. There's really nothing here except the dying that would be difficult for anyone to replicate, if they happen to have the time.

These are the only real pictures I have on a model, though the shoulder's a bit obscured by the head piece, sorry! I'll try and get better shots of just that sometime. It's almost but not quite a racer back cut.




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« Reply #27 on: February 11, 2010 11:47:29 AM »

y'know, i gotta point out that the head piece oughta be a post of it's own- i'd like a closer look at that too!
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« Reply #28 on: February 11, 2010 01:15:13 PM »

I love this...it really is a piece of wearable art.
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just amazing, looks very high end, and i'm sure you will get many compliments on it. and congrats on having the patience to do all those little hexagons!
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« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2010 05:57:18 PM »

Wow.  I can't believe you actually pieced a quilt for the lining.

That is one incredibly awesome jacket.

Great job. 
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« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2010 08:41:55 PM »

Lovely and exquisitely crafted.  Absolutely beautiful.
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« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2010 11:58:36 PM »

I'm a complete groupie for wool and silk mixes, and I looove the way your fabrics look together. The mosaic effect of the lining is gorgeous. I've loved everything you've posted on craftster (especially the cathedral dress).

And what's with all the hate for designers  Tongue? I'm a fine artist, designer and crafter so I look at things from all sides. At my level of ability, my craft side is the one that makes things for the sake of just being pretty and functional. Fine art is where I express beauty and, often more importantly, concepts. Same goes for design. Point being, BleachRainbow's work seems to have more of a conceptual approach, in addition to aesthetics. I think that can go over the heads of some people, where they just might not "get it" sometimes.
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« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2010 12:11:20 AM »

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« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2010 02:20:10 AM »

I love your work and appreciate that I will never be able to make anything as intricate or detailed. i love the quilting on this particular piece.

It's the whole craft hobby/craft design argument that stops me from posting my work sometimes. That's why I enjoy swaps and craft-alongs. As far as sewing goes I'm a novice, but I like to dabble in all crafts, as a nurse I don't have time to focus all my energy on crafting, but I appreciate that given a critically ill patient some people on here wouldn't have a clue what to do. There shouldn't even be an argument, everyone should be appreciated whatever their skill, I hope you don't stop posting bleachrainbow and I certainly won't hold back now.
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« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2010 04:57:04 AM »

That lining is jaw dropping! I love the contrast between outer and lining as well, a really lovely balance. Nice work!
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« Reply #36 on: February 13, 2010 10:23:35 AM »

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