Is it ever OK to wear your Pottery Barn curtain, your great aunt's handmade table cloth, and a high thread count Egyptian cotton pillow case as an outfit...in public I mean? I am wondering would that be considered artful or awful couture?
It all started with a simple question from Handy Hubby, "What kind of clothes do you wear with the kind of jewelry you are making? Maybe you need to show your work off with something different or unique." The hamster wheel in my head started turning and I thought he is right, I should make some artful clothing to use as props for photos. I ambled off to the studio to see what I could come up with. I had a simple basic shirt pattern on hand that I thought I could alter a bit to get the look I wanted by tracing the main pattern front and back onto a roll of craft paper and then sketching the alterations to that to make a new pattern.
Since this was only going to be a prop for photos I dug through my fabric stash to see what I could come up with. I found a fab Pottery Barn curtain that I had picked up at a tag sale, the linen was high quality and I knew it would be great for crafting with, after washing and drying it crinkled into the most fabulous texture, this would make the front and back of the shirt.
For the sleeves I chose a handmade damaged crochet table cloth that my great aunt made. My mother had given it to me years ago thinking I could craft with the good parts, one end had a great gaping hole torn in the stitching but otherwise was in great shape.
Next I needed something to use for the facing pieces (yes I was making it like a real live shirt even though it was going to be a prop) and I found an Egyptian cotton pillowcase, soft as butter, in my stash, another tag sale find, that was the right weight and color. Lastly I wanted an accent color and snagged a piece of muslin I had hand dyed to a lovely robins egg blue.
After patterning, pinning, snipping, sewing, clipping, and ironing I had a piece of artful couture as a photo prop! I put it on my display form and hung it in the studio. As I was cleaning up my sewing shambles I kept sneaking peeks at the garment. I thought to myself, "I would wear that." Followed by, "You can't wear that, its a Pottery Barn curtain for heavens sake!" "Wait a minute, I am a resourceful southern gal just like Scarlett O'Hara and we both had the same idea..."
"But what if I look like this...
Instead of this...
While clad in my curtain garment?"
Batting the thought back and forth in my brain another Scarlett-isum came to mind, "Well fiddle-dee-dee, see if I care!" So, did I wear it out in public? The proof is in the picture...
So, what do you think artful or awful couture?