Ornate frock coat modelled by buyer Simone from my crafts stall at the Totnes Music Festival. Inspiration was peachy champagne silky brushed velvet used for collar and front edge.
Coordinated prints chosen for having orange or peach elements. Pale peach cotton and silk. Grey with peach spot. Khaki polyester with turquoise and peach print. Black with peach/orange flowers. Brown taffeta, Orange cotton. Turquoise silk was used as a 'lifting' colour for sparkling contrast.
Very detailed patchwork was an enjoyable experiment for me, as I so enjoy working with the colour juxtapositions. So unique, I was happy Simone, who had recently moved to Totnes, liked it so much. Price was around £200. Robes do not get repeated as they use a collection of fabrics; which serve to show the kind of visual effects achievable.
Patchwork is created using small scale trapezoids which create zig-zags where rows joined, and give overall 'herringbone' appearance. Fit was made by using a gathered golden cotton layer from bust line, which gave fullness for the lower garment. (this is useful design-fit ploy which could be copied). Lined in dark orange soft cotton voile. If spending a long time on a valuable patchwork, line it with cotton, rather than polyester. (new cotton voiles are available in all colours from fabric suppliers). Nowadays I only used recycled fabrics for linings also.
Crushed velvet (usable for collar and sash belt) currently in stock for commissions: deep maroon, deep olive, very deep violet.
Echinacea in September from Eden Project photo session coordinating with orange. Photos on Resonant-Visions photography site.
Images copyright Amelia Jane Hoskins Please email for use permission.
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