The Making of a Silk Dress Coat – Part 5: Mother of the Bride

  Diamante Embellishments: This Mother of the Bride silk dress coat is now nearly finished! Last thing to do is to add the diamante embellishments before the final sewing. I only put a few on as I didn’t want to over-power the hand painted silk.

The Making of a Silk Dress Coat – Part 4: Sewing the Coat

The planning, painting and embroidery are done – now it’s sewing time!

The Making of a Silk Dress Coat – Part 3: Hand Embroidery

After painting the silk taffeta for the dress coat, I’m ready to begin adding extra detail with some hand embroidery.

The Making of a Silk Dress Coat – Part 2: Painting the Silk

In part 1 of The Making of a Silk Dress Coat I walked through the planning and preparation of the design. Now we’re at part 2, let’s get into the painting!

The Making of a Silk Dress Coat – Part 1: Watercolour Studies for Silk Painting

I have been commissioned to create a silk painting to be made into a ladies dress coat. In order to become familiar with my subject matter, I needed to do several watercolour studies of my subject: Australian native flowers.

Making a Hand Painted Gold Fish Silk Top

These two friendly goldfishes have been hand painted on silk. I painted the silk so that when made into a top it would wrap around the body and join with a single seam at the back.  

How I Made a Bird Silk Painting

Scraps of silk can come in handy. I used this small piece of white, textured silk satin to make a bird silk painting featuring a cassowary.

My Hand Painted Dress with Pink Flamingos

I made a hand painted dress with flamingos on it to wear to the Melbourne Cup. For those of you who have never been, the Melbourne Cup is a major day on the Australian fashion calendar.