Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dayna made one!

Artist Dayna Wenzel made her very own LifeVest at my class yesterday!!!
She's going to wear it to her opening!!
Class is $60 for 4 hours. Thankyou.

Friday, July 15, 2016

More LifeWear!!

Hi! Pictured here is a LifeJacket I made using chiffonsilk scarves that I hand dyed. There's a strip from a vintage curtain, a bit of store-bought lace. The binding is vintage silk taffeta ($250)

 This LifeVest was made by me with all cotton fabric. he front sports patch pockets.($200)
 I made this LifeVest using a vintage curtain and a silk chiffon scarf that I hand-dyed ($200)
Remember that if you'd like to make your own LifeWear let me know!
I will teach you how in a 5 hour class for $60/person.  All you need is fabric and a sewing machine.
You could also have me make a piece of LifeWear specifically for you!
If you supply me with fabric the price is discounted.



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Wearable Art! MOre LifeVests

 Hello! Pictured above is a Vest that I made for Nancy in Washington State. I used hand-dyed (by me) silk chiffon scarves. The white square that's not so clear is fabulous vintage lace! The bright edging that you see is silk taffeta.  Thankyou, Nancy!
This LifeVest has sleeves added on and is lined-yes, you can wear it either way round! I made the lining using vintage curtains. I sued the same meshy fabric for the outer shell and mixed in some silks and cottons. Yes, the sides are vented.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

More LIfe Vests and Jackets

 Hello!So, you get the idea now! I've been making garments and having a grand time. The pattern is of my design. I will be glad to teach a class or make a vest or jacket using your materials.
Pictured above is Diane Wright on the left wearing the insulated coat I made using her own Bark Cloth.   Yes, that's me on the right wearing my own coat of Bark Cloth.

This is Christina Blais in her studio at The Nest Arts Factory. She is modeling my latest buttoned jacket which is all pieced cotton.Yummy I like it myself!
So, I'll leave you for a while now.
Please call or write with any questions you may have!!!!!Or, to say hi!
Thanks for listening, Karen Loprete

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Life Vests 4!


Hello! Thankyou for your interest! 
Here's a LifeVest I made using all sorts of vintage and some new fabrics. Yes,there's silk that I hand-dyed along with curtain fabric from the 50s (top of sleeve)
This vest is also lined

 This one was made by using my hand-dyed chiffon silk scarves and a treasure of a scarf that I found in my Mom's dresser draw!  The vest edges are binded with pink silk taffetta

This right here is the first LifeVest I made for myself.  It's a combination of favorite silk scarves Ive been collecting in my studio for some time. On the back is some commercially bought fabric. I also bound the edges of this vest with pink taffeta silk.

Any questions? write to me here or at karen@karenloprete.com
Thankyou! I'll be baaaack!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Life Vests 3 !

Hi! This is a photo of Phyllis Small Fiber Artist wearing her Life Vest that she masterly made at my class...well actually, my class is 5 hours, which has proven to give us enough time to make the lining (so the student knows now how to construct the entire vest) also time to get started on the top. If a student wants to come back for a second class to finish, great!...if not I will give some instruction via email as to how to finish up your unique and versatile fashion art piece! If you're interested in learning how to make a Life Vest please let me know at karen@karenloprete.com

This is Bev Hughes who also took my class, wearing her creation. Bev and Phyllis used all commercial cottons.
Thankyou for sending photos,ladies!!! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Life Vests 2

 Hello! Here is a vest I made for fabric designer Carol Eaton. I used Carol's hand-dyed silk organza.
 Yes, I will make you a vest according to your measurements! No I do not use a serger . All seams are French (folded in)