November 26, 2007

Rescue me from a bad case of designer's block!

I need your help!


It's a design challenge!

I need your creative ideas for the best pattern or design for this wonderful three yards of felted wool that I absolutely L-O-V-E....purchased at Mood Fabrics during my four day sojourn last winter!

The base fabric is a black medium weight wool and is embellished with "felted" warm gray, light brown and medium brown yarn. There are distinctive "sides" to the fabric. The scale separate the "right" and "wrong" sides.

Here is the "fuzzy"side...

And here is the "yarny" side...

I also purchased a skirt length of a soft brown wool and five yards of a warm gray wool from two different shops on 7th Ave. I used three yards of the gray to make a short swing jacket last winter so I'm down to two yards of the gray.

So there are the raw materials - - any ideas about how best to turn them into a magnificent garment????

Post your thoughts below as a comment!

I can't wait to hear what you think!



AngelatheCreativeDiva said...

Hi there,
I live in Laurel and I love your site. Here are my suggestions. For the felted wool, I see a coat. Knee length or longer. Something almost kimono in style/shape. Nothing that would detract from the beauty of the fabric. Here are some pattern ideas. B5093. B4663 (view A), B5104 (view B), S3562, S4033 and NL6736. Do the brown wool in a straight skirt style or a modified trumpet (if you've enough fabric). As for the gray, I would make simple straight legged trousers. Instant suit with your swing jacket. Make tops in beige, rust, burgundy, mauve and yellow and you've got a capsule wardrobe. Hope this helps.

Laura Lee said...

Thanks so much for your great note! I am looking at the patterns right now! I will let you know how it all turns out. Also, thanks for your kind words about the blog! I sort of look at
it as my personal sewing diary!

Thanks again!

Linda said...

I think a coat or jacket would be perfect. It should be a simple style so that you see the beautiful felted fabric. Marcy Tilton has a Vogue pattern that this would be great for. Sorry I don't have the pattern number but go to Vogue's website and search for her jackets.

Linda Stokes said...

Love the felted wool! Kimono style coat would be great. Can't use this type of fabric but love it. ( I live in Key West and never have even one day that I could wear it )

I'm with you on Tim as a write in vote. Can't you just see him telling Congress to make it work?