This pair of Ophelia overalls is made in Essex Cotten and Linen blend from Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, California. I have recently taken a part time job at the shop to encourage my fabric devotion and connect with other creative people. The pattern maker, a local, gave patterns to the store staff to sew up to help launch her latest design. The debut is Valentines Day, Feb 14. I wish her much success and will proudly wear my pair.
I got this little remnant of upholstery fabric in the free bin at work. It was dazzling. I had no idea until yesterday that it wanted to become a cover for my journal. The leftover bit became a pen and pencil pocket. Inspired.
Such a beautiful and dearly worked textile, a caftan was gifted to me in the 1980s. I was honored, yet stymied by it. As a textile professional I appreciated the sheer woven black wool and as a visual artist, I appreciated the embroidered cream design: Symmetrical, organic, lyrical and paisley. Unsubtle. Not actually wearable, in my humble experience. Still I held onto it. (Sorry Marie Kondo)
Enter today. That’s where I realize I can reuse this big beautiful design and make a wearable garment. In other words, Hello new dress.
That is the layout. Thanks to One Hundred Acts of Sewing for the dress pattern.
This is another caftan gifted to me along with a batch of interesting fabrics. Someone was decluttering and I was collecting. I took it apart and the batiked cotton is machine embroidered all over.
Here it is now: