Shell Wrap Shibori Jacket
I’ve had this make finished for quite a while but it’s been just too hot to take pics. I still probably won’t get any wear out of this for a few more months, but I love it! This jacket was made with the leftover yardage from my Deer & Doe Centauree Dress and while the pink was lovely I didn’t want two pieces in my wardrobe that were so similar. I decided to try a new shibori technique after collecting tons of seashells with the kids at the beach. Instead of the traditional stone wrapping I decided to wrap the shells. I love that if you look closely you can see the prints of the shells but from a distance it’s a bit more abstract.
When I first showed this off to my husband and family they really thought it was hideous. Mainly because I tried it on with what I was already wearing that day, a long dress, which didn’t help the boxy shape. I knew this silhouette would work with the right look, it just needs a slim pant and a bit more structure. I love the boxy shape and the seaming details on this Burda blouse. I wanted to use this pattern more like a jacket mainly because I knew it would need to be layered to work for me as the v-neck is quite deep. I’m looking forward to making another version, maybe in a voile, to give it a completely different look.
Here is the fabric after the first madder dye, a light pink:
I used 298 shells for this project!
And here’s what the fabric looked like wrapped before entering the dye bath:
And the results:
Natural Dyeing: The fabric was mordanted with Tannin, then dyed in the excess from my Madder dye bath, and then over-dyed after shell wrapping in a mixture of hibiscus tea, vinegar and henna, what I had lying around in the house.
Pattern: Burda Deep V Neck Blouse 117 02/2014 in a size 40.
My favorite part of this jacket are the back yoke and pleats but I want to adjust the sleeves If I make this again since they are just so voluminous. This is a perfect Florida jacket as I rarely need anything heavier than this except maybe two weeks or so out of the year. In these pictures I’m also wearing my favorite pants- my indigo dyed jeans.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! I have quite a few projects in my queue. I’ve *almost* finished my dress for my grandmother’s funeral (sneak peek on my Facebook page) and decided to go ahead and make a matching jacket with the extra yardage. I also just got in some new organic knits for some much-needed yoga pants for our morning walks to school. Happy Sewing!