Desert Colours

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One of my favourite projects was for another Australian Sewing Guild Convention Challenge, this time in 2012.  The Challenge theme was a very broad ‘Desert Colours’.  Just about anything was going to work but my very first thought was my husband’s wonderful photography.  Having done a number of outback photographic tours, he had an endless supply of images that fit the criteria.  I started by looking for inspiration in the colours and composition and very quickly decided that I wanted to incorporate some of the photos into the garment. Soooo…..this is what happened.

Seams Like Fun

I chose 3 different photos and printed them onto fabric sheets – you know, the ones you can feed through your inkjet printer.  One photo (the one with the stone building) was split into three sections and the Australian flora was two separate images, also cut into pieces.  I then arranged them on the back of the vest and fused them into place.  Strips of dupion silk are stitched between each panel and finished with a button on the end – got rid of some odd buttons knocking around in my stash!

The fabric for the pants and vest is a gorgeous 100% Australian wool crepe purchased from Tessuti Fabrics.

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