Making of a silk dress with a wing painted on it.
With dye in color blue black.
Realistic feathers placed unrealistically.
A long story told as is.
By artist/escapist Yuko Nagai, currently Miss Sore Thumb in a rural Japanese town
who rambles about random stuff as well.
Read on.
Thank you.

November 13, 2010

wing dress update: last spurt!! (well...almost)

once upon a time
there was a dress being made
it had a name was the wing dress
until one unfortunate day
when the whole process froze
and gone into a long stand still

what are you lookin' at?
most of all,
what is your ...point??

sorry to disturb you you pollen eater

...until one fine day it
defrosted itself and so was the restart of
the last bit of the dress building!!

seriously folks,
it's been a few months since i last posted
on this wing dress tale
and i am not sure exactly why but

i just couldn't.
couldn't move forward.
and i quit pushing forward
which is one of
new tricks this o*d dog has learned
through this very process

this is the last part of the wing dress making
for those of you who visited here for the first time and
stuck around this long (thank you! ;^), here's...
a brief background!

i have been making silk dresses with a wing drawn on it
using dye, since may 2007.
the one you see today is the second dress, and
all that is left for me to do is to put the panels together.

if you are interested in back tracking some,
here is a collection of the posts re. the dress.

dyed, washed, dye fixated, ironed,
and ...

...cut along the pattern...

i marked the pattern contours with stitches
but the fabric did what it does during
the heat and steam treatment (to set the dye)

so while some matches nicely

some no longer do...

that's just how it is, even when you pay
extra caution regarding precision

in such case, i just steam iron
(in medium heat set for silk)
(on either wrong side or on right side with another fabric over it)
and try to straighten up (the fabric, not...myself)
the best i can, and do it swiftly.

right sleeve front and back
calling on me, saying

~~~bind us~~~

careful binding, the fabric is silk stretch satin
very fine to boot
double hand stitches are to prevent the
slipping and sliding of the fabric

when on machine,
it is ideal to get it right the first time
for this material is so very delicate

by the way, the design is painted on the
wrong side of the satin
that has paper-like texture
perfect for detailed shading of my kind

then came the mishap
the camera quit on me


no worries, sweetie!
just go on with your feast

sleeve's on first
though the shot looks oddly magenta and grainy
the actual dress is looking super fine

i proceeded to put another panel on back
and called it quits and dialed cannon

it will be about two weeks break at longest
so what do you think about the dress so far?


thank you for your visit!