This is the blog of Susan Lazear, Professor of Fashion at Mesa College in San Diego, California, and owner of Cochenille Design Studio, a company that produces software for the textile arts.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Garment Designer Pattern: Eco-Dye Style
Garment Designer Pattern Eco Dye Style was created with our upcoming Batwing sleeve! Here at Cochenille, I’m working on a group of new styles (Style Set 3) for Garment Designer. At the same time, I’m teaching a new course at Mesa College; Textile Design. I decided to combine the two as I test new styles.
Here we have a style I’m working on; a Batwing sleeve. My inspiration came from the costumes at a recent Ballet performance I attended. The ballerinas wore a batwing style sleeve with an extended cuff, scrunched up their lower arm.
Garment Designer Pattern for Batwing sleeve
To the left is my initial write of the style. I’ll extend the sleeve when I cut the garment.
I printed a test pattern, then taped it together. This I laid on the fabric and once I understood the shape, I began to lay out my various plants on the fabric. began to lay out my various plants down in place.
Positioning my pattern for layout purposes.
Arranging the plant materials using the pattern as a guide.
The next step was to roll the fabric up, and tie it tightly. Then, it is put in a pot of simmering water. A rusted pot was put in for good measure to assist in heightening the color of the plants on the fabric.
Into the Pot
Rolling all into a tube.
The ‘sausage’, rolled and tied.
Into the dye pot
After about one hour, the fabric come out, and is untied, and unrolled. Many plants (but not all) transferred their color to the fabric.
Revealing the Fabric
Fabric fresh out of the pot.
Revealing the color upon unrolling.
My fabric is ready… now time to get the garment cut out and sewn.