As I've mentioned before, ikat & batik are the 2D/textile versions of relief carving techniques for wood or marble...both of which completely mess with my brain.
What it comes down to is planning. Which I think I'm pretty good at, but when sewing I often find that maybe I'm not as good as I think I am!
For example, the Western shirt I'm making for the Roommate, Simplicity 6693, which I found at Etsy after being inspired by Zoe's shirt for Paddy. I decided to use this wax print we got in Cote d'Ivoire for the contrasting yoke & cuffs, because though it's amazing, it's a huge print, which I can't get anywhere near my body--the hugeness might overcome us all--and there's not really enough to do much with, other than pillows.
(Maybe I mentioned that most fabric in West Africa is sold in 2 yard or 6 yard pieces? Because 2 yards are needed for a pagne, from which you can make a skirt, a top, a headdress, or a carrying cloth for your baby. So that's why I didn't buy a whole lot of fabric...I was going for variety so bought many 2-yard pieces, or smaller scraps, rather than a few 6 yard pieces. We brought home 80 pounds of textiles, leaving almost everything else we had taken behind, so I wasn't going to waste space or weight on big batches of a few samples.)
Anyway, so, without really thinking I cut out the contrasting yoke & cuffs. Then, when I went to sew the yoke onto the shirt, I saw this:
Without noticing, I had a huge medallion right in the middle of the contrasting yoke. Except it wasn't exactly right in the middle, darn it! It was about 9pm, so I decided I'd take a look in the morning.
So I get up Saturday morning, take a look at the shirt, and though I know that the Roommate wouldn't notice, and probably most people wouldn't either, the amazing medallion will be most effective if I un-sew/re-cut/re-sew. And really, I brought the darned fabric all the way from Ivory Coast...why not use it well?! And after yoga...
Here's the new yoke, after the re-cutting. I think you'll agree that it's going to look great...and sort of goes along with the suggested embroidery featured on the pattern's cover.
|My least-favorite, but most-used tool, along with a preview|
of the main fabric for the Western shirt.