the perfect circle….

customised jackets by McAnaraks

customised jackets by McAnaraks

Over the years I’ve been asked many times where I get my inspiration and ideas from for my clothing . My answer is always “the fabric”. To me, each piece of fabric is a work of art, an artist has designed it, chosen the colours, selected the fibres for it to be woven with, or printed on – they’ve put all of their experience and expertise into it. That’s their job.
What I have to do is decide the best way to use it. I can use it on it’s own, or find other fabrics to combine it with. It can blend in with the others or clash with them. That’s my job.
Sometimes I see a fabric and I know instantly that it it’s going to be very useful. I like circles and stripes, they add a cartoonish quality to clothing that I enjoy. Someone once said that I make toddlers clothing for grown ups, and I took it as a compliment
I am forever searching for fabric with circles on it. I often find fabrics which look like they fit the bill until I notice that some of the rings are overlapping, meaning I don’t get full use of all of them. I’m too mean for that malarkey. Sometimes the circles are fantastic but there’s too much space between them, not enough circles per metre, circle/space/meanness ratio is out of kilter.

fabric with cut out circles

fabric with cut out circles

When I saw this fabric I knew that I could use every single bit of it. I could cut the circles out AND use what remained. Much celebration and jubilation and anticipation of the postie delivering it. I just wish I wasn’t so skint that I could only afford one metre.
Here’s what I did with some of it…

back and front of appliqued jacket

back and front of appliqued jacket