Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 9035, Vogue Pattern V9035


Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 9035, Vogue Pattern V9035


Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 9035, Vogue Pattern V9035


Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern 9035, Vogue Pattern V9035

Well….that was fun. Sewing and quilting the Marcy Tilton Vogue Pattern V9035.

Last summer, I was introduced to the mother of a friend. We immediately connected over our shared love for all things textile. She showed me her new sewing machine and the projects she was working on and our time together passed quickly. Although she had a variety of needle crafts on the go, it was evident that quilting was her passion. After seeing her makes, I left with my head not only buzzing with ideas, but with a delightful little book on quilting in hand. I dipped my toes ever so briefly into the quilting waters shortly after when I made my Refashioned Mens Button Down Shirt. Then…in December…I quilted my gingham skirt. I like these makes, but they’re quilted fabrics, not quilted art…does that make sense? I had the fabrication that is quilting, but not the magic. I’ve long held a vague idea of integrating my artwork with my sewing with an end result being wearable art…but I just wasn’t sure how to get there. I’m not a complete novice when it comes to quilting. Years ago I made a…wait for it…quilt. And therein was the rub…how to make a garment using quilting techniques…without the end result looking suspiciously like a bed cover.

Well….as you can see…I came up with something….and I like it, I really like it! But whether this will be a one-of-a-kind, never to be repeated exercise, or a new rabbit hole, remains to be seen. It took a lot of time, but it was time pleasantly passed. I enjoyed assembling the fabric strips, and I had an absolute ball making my Quilted Art Girl. It’s just that…as much as I enjoyed the process….at the moment…I can’t see beyond using this technique…ermmm, that doesn’t feel like quite the right word…for anything but jackets and coats…and….really…how many Art Girl jackets does a girl need?

The pattern I used is Marcy Tilton’s Vogue Pattern V9035. Her design style is creative, artistic and playful….and I was hoping to channel all of that into my make. There are many elements in the pattern that I love…the back overlay, the neckline and the roomy pockets. That being said, I knew a few alterations would be necessary due to the quilted fabrication. I eliminated the extra fabric in the front pockets, {which involved drafting a new pattern piece} and I squared off the center front at the hemline. The self collar is designed to have a soft drape, but I wanted more structure…achieved with quilted facings. The pattern does not call for a lining, but I added one using the brilliant bagged method learned when making My Polka Dot Clare Coat. I made bound buttonholes and handmade buttons. My Quilted Art Girl was my first effort at applique quilting and, to be honest, an Internet search left me more confused than not….freezer paper and glue? I ended up cutting out my shapes freehand, ironing the raw edges under and machine stitching with a straight stitch. I painted Quilted Art Girl’s facial features with acrylic paint pens.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on clothing as wearable art. Do you have any suggestions beyond my own limited notion that jackets and coats are the only canvases where this has the potential to work?

And to wrap up….where am I? That’ll be me modeling on a floating runway at Fishermen’s Wharf, False Creek, Vancouver. Vancouver’s west end and a snippet of Granville Island are my supporting characters.

Linking up with:

Lovely Patti of Not Dead Yet Style for : : Visible Monday

Jacket : : Vogue Pattern V9035 by Marcy Tilton




  • Reply Suzanne Carillo March 21, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Oh Sue! You've really outdone yourself!

    What a fabulous piece! You need to enter this in some kind of a contest where you can win a million bucks and a lifetime of vacations. You'd win and be set for life.

    I can't imagine the patience that goes into creating something like this.

    As for what else you can create, well I could easily see textile art hangings happening in your house. When they are this pretty one truly does need to hang them on the wall.


  • Reply Cheryl March 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

    That is freakin' amazing!
    The question isn't how many Art Girl jackets does a girl need, but how many girls need an Art Girl jacket?
    Sign me up for one.

  • Reply Anonymous March 21, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Wow, your art work paid off. Love it

  • Reply Rhonda Buss March 21, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I absolutely LOVE the whimsy of this jacket. What a fun piece. Truly a work of art!

  • Reply amy mayen March 21, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Wow, I'm loving every stitch. Especially her hair! Amazing work. I can't think of anything more perfect for this application than a jacket- but I won't be surprised if you come up with more ideas down the road.

  • Reply Vix March 21, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Ye Gods, that is fecking fabulous! Jon's just walked past, spotted you on the monitor and says to tell you that you're amazing! xxx

  • Reply Louisa March 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

    She's so perfectly you, Sue! It's both an amazing piece of art and absolutely wearable. Brava!

  • Reply Shirl March 21, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    This is so delightful in so many ways. Looks so great with that shortness of skirt and leggings and boots. The only thing that comes to mind, haven't read other's posts yet, but possibly an area somewhere on one's jeans?? something smallish of course. Just throwing that out there. Don't laugh too hard.


  • Reply G March 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Wow looks great. Very unique.

  • Reply Curtise March 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my goodness, Sue – that jacket is fantastic! And it's YOU! You are so clever, I'm proud to call you Cousin!
    I love everything about it. You could make an A line or a maxi skirt, or a tote bag, or a tunic, or a dress… Anything you like! More, more! xxx

  • Reply Bianca S March 21, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    This is so fun! I love this so much! It is the epitome of fun fashion and is a delight to look at!

  • Reply Louise Perry March 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    This is beyond amazing. It's fun and beautiful and wonderful. Go you!

  • Reply Lisa D March 21, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I love it!! And I have been waiting for you to make something like this for friggin' ever!! Now, if I send you a list of Koos, Tilton sisters and Sandra Betzina patterns, will you please interpret each of them for us?!?! Thank you so much:)!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Oooh…I could totally go for a million bucks and a lifetime of vacations!

    Years ago, I remember seeing an artist that used fabrics as her paint…fabulous work it was and I might even still have the magazine article somewhere. It's definitely something to consider! Thanks for bring it up because I had forgotten about that!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    LOL…and they would all be unique to the wearer. I guess that means yours would be turquoise and beachy!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you! It has been fun morphing art work into sewing.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you so much Rhonda! I can't wait to see what you create for the contest!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks Amy! I agree…the hair is the best, and it was so fun to 'style'.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    LOL, thanks Vix…and handsome Jon! You both see a lot of unique pieces in your biz, so the compliment is high praise indeed!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Thanks Louisa. I really do relate to this garment as a 'her' now. Happy to read that you do too!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks Shirl! Not laughing at all! I think the possibility of jeans is entirely within the scope of wearable art!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks G! I think as sewers, we do make things unique and this is a way of achieving it beyond fabric selection. It was fun to do!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks Curtise! Oh my goodness, just reading your suggestions is getting me excited. I'm beginning to realize that I can do so much more than what I was mentally limiting myself to.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Thanks Bianca! You've been on a roll {pun intended} yourself. I loved seeing the skirt you made with the roll of trim. I keep watching for more!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Aw…thanks so much Louise! Gosh, in thinking about you and your little ones, it's got me thinking about how kids clothing is often quilted or embellished. 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    hahahaha….thank you Lisa! If I read between the lines, I guess I am going down the rabbit hole, LOL. I may never get back out again.

  • Reply Sew, Jean Margaret March 21, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Fabulous!!! A wearable work of art. I look forward to seeing what you come up with next.

  • Reply Connie March 21, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    It always takes me so long to comment on your posts because I have to go through and look at all the little details and special bits. This is so adorable and cheerful and impressive. I can just imagine that when the fabric sees you coming into the store it gets so excited and starts thinking, “Please, Ms. Sue, pick me. Pick Me!!!! I want to be your next beautiful project. Puleeeeze pick me!”

  • Reply Rachel Turnbow March 22, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Oh gosh, I can think of so many ways you could incorporate both quilting and your art into your apparel sews… t-shirts come immediately to mind, but so do things like linings (I love surprise linings), pants pockets, embroidery, top stitching alternatives…. some of it could be large, and some could be sly and tiny. Beautifully done, and I, also, admire the entire outfit. How fun!!!

  • Reply Flo March 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

    THIS. IS. AWESOME! I am blown away, it turned out fantastic and the fact that you made the buttons and the design yourself makes it even better. I bet it's a terrific jacket for this time of year too, not too warm, but cozy at the same time. Great job!

  • Reply Louise Perry March 22, 2016 at 4:15 am

    Oh yes there's lots of scope for playing with kids clothes and embellishments, they love it all the more when it's fancy.

  • Reply señora Allnut March 22, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Absolutely Fabulous Jacket, I'm admiring your skills and style to créate something so original and genuine. Lovely pattern, but you rock it with your patchworking! (and lovely buttons!)

  • Reply Val S March 22, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Sue's magic fingers strike again! That jacket is amazing, and it looks like that seagull is trying to steal it from you. I love the mix of patterns you quilted together (and the gingham and polka dots on your outfit) and OMG the buttons! You really have a talent for pulling it all together in a package of perfection!

  • Reply Cheryl March 22, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Oooo, I can almost picture it!

  • Reply Merche Martinez March 23, 2016 at 1:58 am

    Wow, Sue! Really special. A piece of art. Lost for words!

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion March 23, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Absolutely stunningly beautiful. And you know you can trust me when I compliment you. This is so beautiful. Not just the art girl but also the pieces at the bottom. the composition, the buttons. So well done. Everything is art. and I love this sweater with the gingham skirt (only 1 picture…). Better than the white sweater. I remember the Refashioned Mens shirt, which you know I also loved. Good ideas to have the neckline more structured and the front end straight.
    As for ideas for wearable art…. shirts: T-shirts, silk tops.. That kind of work. So on textile but not quilted (too heavy). Painted? Or.. can you do small art pieces? So you can use them on clothes without overpowering an item. Perhaps even like the little portraits rich men received from a girl they might want to marry. Scarves? Which presents a difficulty. I have a beautiful scarf with lots of coloured dots. You don't see what it is as you tie a scarf, but unfolded it is a giant hamburger. Perhaps art in a corner of a scarf which you can still see when the scarf is tied? If you make too many items: sell them at a ridiculously high price. It is handmade and unique. The higher the price, the more desirable it gets.

  • Reply Patti March 23, 2016 at 5:44 am

    So gorgeous – a wonderful color and pattern mix, and a beautiful setting too. I just adore what you create. xox


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you Jean! I confess that my next few makes might be boring in comparison, LOL. We'll see…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Well thank you for taking the time Connie. I appreciate it! If fabric is calling me, then does that let me off the hook for my fabric spending sprees, LOL?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Oh Yes! Thank you Rachel! Wouldn't a surprise lining be the best!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Thank YOU Flo! You're absolutely right. The jacket is just the right weight and warmth for early spring! Yay!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you! The buttons are becoming a bit of a fun obsession.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks Val! I just loved seeing the seagull in that photo. It was a keeper for sure!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Merche…thank you! Your words, or lack thereof, mean so much!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    My heart is bursting with pride Greetje! Thanks for your kind words!

    T-shirts….now that you've mentioned them, and in the context of them not actually being quilted…well, now I have some new and fun ideas forming. Thank you! Sometimes, hidden artwork that is only revealed infrequently, has it's own special charm, as in your playful scarf.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 23, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Thank you so much Patti! We had fun on the wharf…although I was extra cautious when my husband kept telling me to back up further, LOL.

  • Reply Pursuit99 March 25, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Just lovely. I think this is my favorite creation of yours. The colors and the quilting are perfect as are the proportions and lines of the jacket and skirt. YOu look great. Well done!

  • Reply Hana Velvet Ribbon March 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    This is absolutely gorgeous! You are a truly art girl, Sue! Love every details of this masterpiece 🙂 xxx

  • Reply Heather Gibson March 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Sue this is amazing!! I love the girl! I think you can do this kind of artwork on jackets, but what about on the back of shirts, jean jackets, and the front of sweatshirts. Remember that cool White Russian sweatshirt from Capital Chic – it has some cool quilting designs. You could totally do something like that.

  • Reply pao March 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Oh my! There goes Sue in another of her art girl treasures of pure sewing pleasure! How does she do it? No one knows. She just comes up for air, every now and again, wearing a never-before-seen amazing creation. woo-hoo for you-who.

  • Reply Andrea March 27, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Fabulous jacket! Love the backdrop of your photos! A floating runway – fun!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Thank you so much! It was a bit of a gamble with the proportions, but I too, am pleased with the result. It may seem like a little detail, but proportion, line, silhouette…all so important to the completed look!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 28, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Aw, thank you Hana! You're right, I guess I really am an art girl. xoxo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Hey thanks Heather! I had to look up that pattern, and wow…what a great lead for inspiration! I also think knit sweatshirt cotton would be so fun to sew!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

    LOL…how very poetic Pao! LOVE!LOVE!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Andrea! It was indeed a fun location…being out on the wharf surrounded by fishing vessels and pleasure boats! Hope to be back there again in the future!

  • Reply Anna Parkes March 28, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    WOW! What a wonderfully unique piece of art you've created there Sue. How I envy you your skills and artistic talent. If I'm in the learners class of sewing, then you are surely the tutor of the soon-to-be graduates – inspired and inspirational. You could surely sell these? Wonderful stuff, am so pleased for you. Thanks for sharing x
    Anna's Island Style

  • Reply oona balloona March 29, 2016 at 11:42 am

    sue, this is TOO MUCH FUN!!! which is not to say it should be outlawed, just, everything in the surrounding vicinity needs to raise the fun bar, yo.

  • Reply hilary March 29, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    I'll tell you how I add appliqué to fashions. I sew used dryer sheets to the right side of my appliqué cut-out. Then I cut a slit in the dryer sheet, turn it inside out so its on the back of my appliqué. Press it so none of the dryer sheet shows. Now no more raw edges. Then I can place the pieces where I want them. At this point, I like to get a decorative thread and use one of my decorative stitches on my machine to stitch it down. Now that becomes a design element. Instead of fabric paint, I thread paint. You can utube “thread painting”. It's mesmerizing and you can get really creative at this point. Thread painting is an art movement in and of itself. You can really embellish the style and fabric with this technique. Have fun. You are already way ahead of the process because you naturally think outside the box.

  • Reply Lisa D March 29, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Surrender, Dorothy! Seriously now, what will you do with Koos' jacket, V.1493? Don't you just get weak in the knees looking at those sleeves?!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 29, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    ….like jelly…

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Oh, thank you so very much Anna! I myself am constantly finding inspiration form sewing blogs, and to be thought inspirational to others is very high praise. xo

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 29, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    LOL…sez she, the walking, talking definition of TOO MUCH FUN…xo

  • Reply Pam Carlson March 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    OMG, I love it! The buttons are a perfect addition to your colorful, artistic jacket.

  • Reply Lynn March 30, 2016 at 6:49 am

    That is fantastic! I love it. I can see a wearable art vest. I wear vests a lot during the cool/cold months. Also, skirts or dresses. Also hats. Just about anything really.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Oooh…I'm getting a bit goose-bumpy about the concept of thread painting. I know nothing of it and so…hi-ho, hi-ho…off to utube I go. THANK YOU! And reading how you prepare your applique cut-outs…wot, brilliant! I admit I touched the hot iron to my fingers more than once when doing it the way I did, so thanks bunches for that Hilary!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 30, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks Pam! Can you imagine…I'm dreaming up outfits to make that need handmade buttons, LOL.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas March 30, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks Lynn. Well…I have a Marcy Tilton vest pattern, so maybe for fall? And HATS! That is really cool idea! One could really have fun with hats! Because we are heading into dress season here, I am starting to imagine a dress with some artful additions!

  • Reply Melanie April 4, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    Sue, Sue, Sue! How could I have missed this?! Yes, because I am a failure at commenting lately, I hang my head. This is STUNNING, stunning!! How dare you not slap me earlier for not mentioning anything. Your art girl is amazing. Your choice of colours and patterns and the overall design, well, yes, you are definitely ready to win a million. I can see the time and care that went into this and so can everyone else. They need to put you on the pattern envelope!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas April 4, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    Mel, Mel, Mel….LOL. To be honest, I did think about your absence and then I forgot about your absence, 'cause that's just how my brain rolls these days. Anyways, your words do mean A LOT….thank YOU! It was a fun artful exercise, and I do hope to play some more.

    PS I'm always ready to win a million {$}

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