First, I have to give credit to my friend Marliss Jensen of Iris Color Studio. Together, about 10 years ago, we worked out the process we use to create the shaded ombre effect featured in the skirt. I choose colors (in this case, just the one) and Marliss prepares a dyed swatch to test the color accuracy and allow me to plan where I want the transitions to take place. I prepare the silk by washing it, cutting and sewing the skirt panels with silk thread, so stitches will dye with the silk, and even finishing the seams with silk surging thread. Then I create a muslin jig and sew it to the bottom of the skirt, to give Marliss a means to control the mass of fabric at the hemline, as well as something to hang onto while dipping the skirt, upside down, into the dye vat.
Take a look at the bottom of the right sleeve, a pretty idea of Randee's.
If I told you her age, I promise you, you would fall out of your chair, and never again have a working excuse for a sagging jaw or wobbly underarm.
And speaking of pretty body parts, I think her back looks fantastic as well! And I would say the hours of hair styling paid off beautifully.
Twin Cities Open in July, but was kind enough to allow me to debut it here. I can't wait to see some action shots. In parting, here are a couple of other projects Randee and I have done together.