Barbara wished to see the Yoshiki Hishinuma top on, so here it is. It doesn't really go perfectly with this skirt .. back in the day when I used to wear it regularly I had a sorta funky, long-ish, deep-grey patchwork skirt that suited it to a T! but I do not have that skirt any more :( Anyhow, the shirt is now so fragile; even wearing it for the short while in which I took this photo more little flakes of the paint detached themselves and appeared on my skirt and on the floor, so this will have to be its last outing!
Beryl expressed an interest in seeing the inside of the shirt; so here it is. There's not much to see on the inside, actually... the outside is the interesting bit Basically it looks like an un-ironed shirt!
If I ever get around to having a go at reproducing this garment painting technique I will be sure to take a few pics.
A few wondered how the fabric feels to the touch; the chiffon is very slightly on the thick and stiff side. It is 100% polyester, and the heat treatment applied to obtain pleating has most likely denatured the fibre and taken away some of the natural floatiness usually associated with chiffon. The painted sections are stiffer, natch.
And in response to some recent comments about my photos:
Jen S wondered who do I get to do my photo shoots; no one! Unless stated otherwise all the photos on my blog here are taken by me; the ones of me wearing my creations are taken using a tripod and a remote control.
Andrea commented, "What would the neighbours think (about your blog photos)?" well the answer is that my neighbours do not see that I go around taking my own photo... I plan to keep it that way! I am really very shy, and I wouldn't dream of even taking out my camera if there was somebody around watching. I generally find a secluded spot or as close to deserted as possible, and set up out of anyone's sight. If another person pops into view I sit quietly fiddling with my camera and wait until I'm alone again. There have been only a couple of occasions during the last two years in which I have been approached; generally older men who are keen on photography and want to check out my camera and talk "shop". I am always polite; I pretended to be experimenting with how to use my camera, taking photos of the view or something, but I'm secretly relieved when they walk on and I can get back to my slightly embarrassing hobby of taking photos of myself out in the big wide world... ;)
I read a really good line on a fashion blog once about what to say if you are challenged taking photos of yourself; "I'm doing an assignment". Sadly I think I'm too old to get away with that one! But "learning how to use my camera" works pretty good. And happens to be true as well.... I am still learning how to use my camera!
Top; Yoshiki Hishinuma, polyester chiffon painted with acrylic paint, bought second hand
Skirt; Vogue 1170, PU laminate, details and my review of this pattern here
Sandals; akiel, from an op shop