I wonder if I can still make a qipao with a draped pattern I said.
Still fucking got it.
(Mind the necktie thing, I’m still playing around with placement. )
I got my hours cut again so I decided to see if my rusty skills could still produce a dress. My favorite part ended up being the sky blue zipper. I’m definitely gonna make a braided belt out of the turquoise leather I have lying around. It’ll make everything else pop, bro.
Also contemplating knitted/crocheted straps. Out of a heavy cotton thread. I’ve got some dye lying around I wanna use up…
So in honor of dodging NaNoWriMo, I decided to bring this baby to life. I was thinking of the clothing worn by the fishermen in Itova and how it would reflect the sea. The sleeves are more like flaps, so you could push them out of the way. There’s several layers in the dress. I hand-dyed the fabric and sewed the whole thing together at some point (I don’t even remember when). The upper-part of the garment is still being worked on, as you can tell by the seams. The ties at the front and back were twisted from scrap fabric I had lying around. And the scarf is made from about 50 or so granny squares. The scarf is being held in place with a hair pin from my mom.
Time is hollow, men are transient, and the sea is volatile.
The opening line of Sea Level Down.
I’ve been sidetracked by various projects and such so it took me a little longer to complete this first set. While I’ve got some issues with it, all in all I’m rather pleased. Blue is a major theme in this first three, as well as the themes of cycles, futility, and intangibility. For this project I’ll only use material that I’ve got on hand, or donated, but not bought (a reoccurring concept in SLD). I tried to do the story right by thinking of ways in which a tale would be passed down in their world, and I thought a patchwork quilt, or a surviving tapestry of sorts makes the most sense. Literacy is incredibly low, objects of aesthetic value that don’t serve a second purpose doesn’t fit in their universe.
The idea of this appearing on an Itovan child’s quilt is very, very, gratifying for me.