There was no question what fabric I wanted to work with from this line.... I mean, I really really love this piece of fabric. The color, the pattern, the variation... there couldn't be a more perfectly matched fabric to a girl.
Shibori feels so orderly and yet beautifully organic... Maybe that magical combination is what shows the work, like you see the human hand in it. So I had to smock it. I chose a bright yarn that could be hand tied. And I'm still thinking about that smocking, still mulling over another iteration of that hand smocking. A shirt maybe?
I used Indigo Window in Voile.... if you've every worked with Art Gallery Voile, you know why wanted it. It's floaty and silky and absolutely sews like a dream. Which made it perfect for a high low skirt with a little bit of a train. I self drafted this one because I had a vision of what I wanted. It had to be just so. If you have ever had that urge, you know how scary that can be....
... how the chance of failure can be pretty darn high. So trust me when I say that my first shot at this did just that... fail. Enter: the rotary cutter.
And when one fails, opportunity for desperate creativity can be a real life saver. I love leather, and I especially love the live edge of deer skin. So to the fabric pantry I went.
I also love hardware, so the button post and rivet detail became my closure.
Last but not least, I thought this fabric would be really fun to knit...
So knit I did. Giant needles made an open, slouchy cowl. Added Deer Leather and rivets make it all tie together.
Can't get enough of how all these hand crafts look so great on this one fabric... Right?!! Looking to go your own way with this piece? See Observer Indigo Window Crystal in our store as well as other Observer beauties!