From black cotton to a finished coat. It's always nice to complete a project.
I started with 3 yards of 100% black cotton, folding, painting the edges with a bleach/water solution, dripping, unfolding and painting. Details are in a September blog article.
The fabric was neutralized, washed three times and ironed. I adapted a basic kimono style pattern by extending the length of the jacket and the sleeves.
The seams were serged before turning and sewing French seams. A full length collar was added and the hems sewn. This is a perfect unlined light coat/jacket for a cool afternoon or evening.
I just finished a two-day session of discharging color on several yards of fabric. I had in mind a three-day session, but alas a hornet sting I received while working outside applying the bleach mixture ended my session abruptly. The rest of the fabric will have to wait for another group of sunny days.
When applying a 50% bleach/ 50% water solution I work outside guaranteeing good ventilation. I also wear a good ventilating mask. It's just too hard on the lungs to spray or paint bleach for several minutes, let alone hours without protection.
FIRST PROJECT / FIRST DAY
I prepared a 100% black cotton fabric, 90" x 3 yards, by ironing it and then folding the fabric accordion style and ironing in the folds. It's a little tricky with so much fabric.
Outside as I paint the edges of the black fabric, the color changes almost instantly. The longer the bleach sits on the fabric the lighter the color becomes.
As I add more bleach solution, the colors begin to mingle with each other creating various shades of orange, orange/yellow and yellow/cream.
I begin to open the folds, painting and dripping the bleach solution directly on the fabric.
As I open the folds of the fabric, I continue to paint and drip the bleach solution.
I wash my fabric in the washing machine to remove the last of the bleach. The process softens the colors, though the fabric is a brighter orange than these photos show.
I create this type of fabric in the spring, summer and fall, but often wait until cold and rainy weather to sew the fabric into garments.
Discharging by spraying over lace, kitchen gadgets, keys, stencils and variety of found object...to be discussed in my next blog.
I am Terrie Voigt, and I'm a textile and glass artist. I create art in both mediums and at times combine textiles with glass to create multi-media pieces or wearable art with glass closures.