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Sunday, March 9, 2014

IKAT

I have always been attracted to ikat designs...it's an instantly recognizable type of weaving..
"The defining characteristic of ikat is the dyeing of patterns, by means of bindings, into the threads before cloth construction, the weaving of the fabric, takes place. " 

In my textile-oriented travels, I have seen ikat weavers in India, Southeast
Asia, Central Asia, Indonesia. In Chiang Mai, Thailand, I went to a cooperative
called Studio Naenna, begun by the woman who was leading us on a private textile tour of VietNam, Laos and Thailand. I watched the women dye the threads and then weave them in various ikat patterns...

I was able to buy several pieces of fabric (one shown in this post, which I unfortunately RUINED). I finally gathered the courage to try again, with this
lovely design.




I was smart enough this time to use a TNT pattern, M5433 (OOP) 

to make this long jacket...



I made the pants, too, out of a lovely drapey denim-y fabric...I think I might like the jacket better with slim black pants... I lined the jacket with a silky satin, so it goes on easily, and used an oversized hook and eye tape I picked up several years ago. I also added a mandarin collar, which seemed to be just the thing for this fabric.

I'm joining the Very Visible women over at Not Dead Yet Style today, where Patti
provides us with a place to be seen!

P.S....I have a new favorite shoe brand...


This is the Yoko Wedge, by Fly London...cute, no?





54 comments:

  1. Margy, you did that wonderful fabric justice! Wow a textile-oriented trip to Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam - where do I sign up?!! What a dream trip, especially with other like-minded folks.
    And I really like it with the gray pants, though black will be great, too.

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  2. I love your outfit and the hook tape is TDF it really makes the jacket. I have to join you in sharing the love about the shoes - I was so tempted to buy that same pair but instead indulged in one of their boots. I have spent the summer in a beautiful pair of sling backs that have hardly left my feet. I LOVE this brand from England.

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  3. The result is so lovely - the hooks and eyes make a perfect closure and the trousers look fab. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

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  4. Absolutely stunning example of Ikat!! I love the jacket and the pants! Great work! Beth

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  5. I'm a huge fan of ikat, and absolutely adore your jacket! Absolutely gorgeous! I'm also a Fly London lover--I have that style but in a barely silver charcoal gray. I liked them so much that I've been stalking eBay for more styles (and won two more pair, both different than the Yoko).

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  6. This is fabulous!! I am so impressed...I am also really into long jackets right now and so wish I could SEW!! You did such a great job!

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  7. Stunning, Margy. You did that fabric proud!!! I uber love this look!

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  8. wonderful fabric, wonderful jacket, wonderful outfit....This one is definitely a winner!

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  9. Love this look! You look very sassy and classy! And, I love the shoes as well. A great look all the way around. Happy week!

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  10. Wow, fabulous pairing of pattern and fabric. The sleek lines really let the fabric shine. And I love the choice of the hook and eye tape.

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  11. Good is good but this is GREAT. Love the hook and eyes. The proportions are perfect for you. Just lovely, Margy.

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  12. Beautiful fabric, pattern and detail. You look great in it.
    Marcia

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  13. I love this pattern so much. What a beautiful Jacket.

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  14. You continue to be a fashion inspiration to me. Your fabric choices are exquisite and the clothes you make are fabulous. You are a gorgeously chic woman. Bravo!

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  15. I've never seen hook and eye tape look so darn chic Margy! Dang, you're good! I also love that the mandarin collar has a collar stand, it adds that extra bit of pattern play. And yes, I'm appreciating that you chose just the perfect section of pattern for said stand.

    I love the grey slacks, do people even use that word anymore?, but can also see the jacket as a standout look with black skinnies, or even with a drapey, patterned {batik?} wide legged pant.

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  16. The jacket is divine and you really did the beautiful fabric justice.

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  17. Pretty print! Ikat (means to tie in Malay) or in Ibanese native tounge (Malaysian aborigine ) Pua Kumbu is really pretty.. The original woven Pua is thicker and heavier but now prints are everywhere and of course lighter :)

    From Dubai with xxxx
    Mrs Jack Of All Trades
    www.mjoat.com

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  18. Fantastic outfit - great marriage of fabric and style. Rachel ☺

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  19. I'm always fascinated with and inspired by your fabric and pattern design match choice. This was no exception. Beautiful.

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  20. Wow!! I like this jacket!
    Christine





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  21. Wow! Fantastic jacket. I love the hook and eye tape that you used.

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  22. Thank you for sharing this lovely jacket! Your fabric placement is fantastic, and it is great to see how you can alter a TNT pattern to achieve the look you want. Gorgeous!

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  23. This is TDF ! ! love the fabric and the way you styled it but then you are always the epitome of style!

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  24. Another Fabulous creation!!

    xoxo
    Tamera

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  26. Wonderful jacket! Your creativity and sewing skills are mad! Karen

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  27. Love the long jacket and especially those fasteners. They look a bit like hook and eye, but I can't quite tell from the photo. It looks great on you. I love that slightly flared style. Very flattering!

    Cheers from England,
    Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

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  28. ooooooooo i adore, covet, want to shamelessly copy your style....

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  29. that jacket is just so you............you have such wonderful style - love the jacket.

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  30. Wow, your jacket is just amazing. The fabric is beautiful and that's the perfect style.

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  31. Great use of the fabric! I like the pants with it too.

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  32. The jacket is stunning! Congratulations!

    And, the shoes are so smart.

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  33. Such a fabulous, glamorous jacket - and the closure is just perfect!

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  34. That hook and eye tape is the perfect embellishment!

    I splurged on a pair of Fly London booties a couple years ago and they are really worth the price. They look fashionable but feel like sneakers when I'm walking in them. More like hiking boots actually.. they have great traction in the winter.

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  35. I love your jacket! You are so creative and talented. I hope to be as stylish as you when I grow up :)

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  36. Gorgeous as always! Love the unusual ikat and the hook and eye tape was a genius addition. Perfect in every way.

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  37. Just beyond elegant. Hard to find superlatives.
    You women who make such wonderful garments for yourselves have so inspired me. I'm making my own simple skirts this year 'cause I can't find any here, but I'll never reach your level of expertise. Hats off to you!

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  38. The whole look is awesome. Very elegant. The shoes - score! I've had my eyes on them also.

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  39. Love it. Love your styling as well.

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  41. Not only are you talented, you're stunning, too! Your look is classic chic and I love your matching doggie ;

    marymurnane.com

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  42. You look fantastic...and I love the light in your house. Beautiful!

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  43. Lovely outfit. Well done.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  44. This is absolutely stunning! I love how you use these blouse patterns as jacket patterns, totally inspiring!

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  45. Chic! Elegant! Sophisticated! And so you. I love the fabric and the length of the jacket. And so impressed by your travel history.

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  46. I too love Ikat. This so gorgeous. I love it!

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