Laine de la Mer: Wool of the Sea

Archive for May 2010

After experimenting with faster/more effective/mroe accurate methods of pintucking and pleating, I decided to just do it all by hand. So what I am spending the next few days diong is pintucking all the fabric needed to fit the pattern pieces onto, and this will take up about 1m 10 if I sew the tucks down the selvedge.
It isn’t too bad 2nd time round.


This is how I have rendered the illustration of my final swimsuit. I wanted to maintain the simplistic, abstract form but introduce subtle colour for a softer edge. It was a bit of a happy accident, playig around on Photoshop and Illustrator and experimenting with cut outs and ccolour intensity. But I like how it turned out.

I thought I would be able to sneaky sew at Fashion Week and then I got my timetable. No chance!

I may have lost my cool a bit. I’m not going to lie, I came into studio very hungover with prevailing issues.
I went home, planned out alternatives which included:
1)  recreating the linework through stitch lines Рbut I was aware that using straight stitch would affect the stretch of the wool
2) altering the panel sizes – although when experimenting this, I found that it affected the design proportions
3) using a twin needling technique

I did experiment the twin needle technique, which when altering the needle tension, created a ripply effect across the fabric. I thought it would be a nice contrast if I twin needled the vertical pleats against the horizontal pleats along the bust. Twin needling, however, affects the stretch and is more suited to a woven fabric.

I ended up acquiring an extra 30cm of wool to work with which solved everything.


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