Yellow Dress ~
One of the wonderful things about visiting The Factory, the Alabama Chanin brick and mortar store in Florence, Alabama, is being able to experience their beautiful clothing and fabrics up close and personal. During one of my visits I came across yardage naturally hand-dyed with the goldenrod plant. I wasn't sure what I would create with it, but the color was so luscious, I couldn't go home without it.
Fast forward a couple of years, with a Pinterest board entitled "Yellow Dress", countless ideas and inspirations being bandied about, many sketches and musings, stencil artwork created and cut, and now, finally, design decided upon, color combination selected, hours and hours of stitching behind me, and my Yellow Dress is complete.
I layered lightweight taupe over midweight goldenrod, backstitched with natural colored embroidery floss, and worked this dress in the negative reverse applique method.
I appliqued a few areas with natural colored fabric, further embellished these areas with French knots, and I also used the natural color for my binding around the neck, armholes, and hem.
I added cotton tape to my seams to replicate a delicate piping, thus subtly accentuating the lines of the dress.
It needed a little somethin' somethin', so I added a kitschy pop of color and worked the red herringbone stitch at the hem.
Did you notice the stencil pattern?
I've named it Poppies. I love poppies! And I wanted to create something special for my Yellow Dress. I didn't really know how to go about doing the artwork, so I started with sketches and taping elements onto paper, and rearranging, and trying to resize the elements. Oh, what a nightmare that was! I kept thinking there's got to be an easier way; and there was.
Last October I had joined a group of local women artists. We get together once a month or so, and sometimes we do critiques. I brought my taped up paper to ask for guidance and any suggestions. Lo and behold, sweet Allison piped up and said, Patti, I was a fabric designer for over 20 years! I'll show you how to do this in Photoshop. And she did. Allison, I am forever thankful for that afternoon and your tutelage! I was able to create this stencil because of you.
Here are a few ways I might wear my Yellow Dress:
Now that the cold is setting in, I'll be layering my Yellow Dress with a brown cashmere hoodie, cream tights, and tall brown boots. I guess it's about time to get down my boot box and pull out my winter clothing from storage and make the seasonal transition.
What is your favorite thing to wear to brighten up an overcast day?