2014 Fall Fashion Challenge
The designer Koos van den Akker was the inspirations for my “Koos Meets East” jacket. He uses collages bordered with colorful bias and multiple fabrics to create unique garments.
I started with an Oriental themed dragonfly brocade and added silk appliques of dupioni and silk men’s tie; the bias trim was cut from a textured silk tie fabric. Machine stitching in the appliques added another dimension. The back yoke, front panels and sleeve appliques are of navy velvet woven with a copper thread that I purchased in a Mardi Gras costumers shop in New Orleans. I used an oriental motif and dragonfly machine embroidery on the yoke and did embossing with a dragonfly stamp on the front and sleeves. The jacket pattern is “By Popular Demand” from Louise Cuttting’s collection.
This is a beautiful embellished jacket that doesn't look like you are wearing a quilt! It is amazing. I have 2 of Koos' patterns, and have not made them. I got to meet him in 2012 during a tour of his studio. He is an amazing designer and I want to make a Koos design, but am scared to start cutting and piecing - I'm a contemporary dresser - very few prints in my wardrobe and color scares me. You did a great job! How difficult was it for you to select the colors and fabrics? Did you have any times when you started over, or scrapped an idea?