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
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

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)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Life Vests

Hi! I made this vest for jewelry designer Kristen Merrill at the Nest Arts Factory in Bridgeport.
The vest is made from chiffon scarves that I dyed with a paint brush,also commercial fabrics.
Kristen said she feels like an angel wearing it!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Vintage at City Lights Gallery

So, here I am at the opening of VINTAGE at CITY LIGHTS GALLERY in Bridgeport last night.
Behind me are three of my latest pieces and two "oldies"As usual I use a mix of vintage and new fabrics to create my work. Suzanne Kachmar (owner) says I am the Peter Max of fiber art. I see her point.
Anyway, I am wearing one of my new line of "Life Vests" It is made from a vintage silk scarf and other silky fabrics
To the left of me is a rack with some on view and for SALE!
I plan on talking more about these...thanks for indulging me