|Top - prior to quilting|
To make this fiber art piece I used my standard technique of doing a small scale drawing, enlarging it to full size and then using the full size drawing to make pattern templates. I made templates for the two dresses from the full size drawing. I wanted to use vintage fabrics as much as I could, so I pulled out my stash of inherited fabrics.
I had a nice piece of lace that was very suitable for the bride’s dress. I had plenty of it too, so I could make the skirt wide and put some folds in it to give a feeling of fullness. I under-laid the lace with a solid white fabric from the bodice down. That is how the actual bridal gown was made. The arms and upper torso were sheer lace.
I modified a vintage piece of pale blue-green fabric to create the “Mother of the Bride” dress. This blue green fabric was inherited from my Mother’s stash, and it was a solid. I decided I wanted a little bit more variation in that fabric, and I was looking for something that would read like a blue-green print fabric. To accomplish this I pulled out a roll of lace and cut about 4-30 inch lengths of it. I then sewed these to each other lengthwise. This approximately 30” x 20” section of lace became my stamping template for the fabric. I over-laid the lace section on the blue green fabric and then stamped on it with fabric paint. The paint went through the holes in the lace pattern and created a variable surface design. I thought it looked much better than the solid and I was happy with the result.
I know I could have purchased a fabric instead, but I wanted to use my inherited fabrics for this and thought it was worth the effort. Here are some photos of the process and results.
|lace template on fabric, painting in progress|
|A section of fabric after painting|
|dress on background fabric|