Hello! I´m up again continuing with my art inspired posts. This month I´ve choosen a very known artist: Mondrian was a Dutch painter that searched for simplification and minimalism, and his geometric creations and primary color schemes are unmistakable with any other paintings.
I tried to do a recreation of his Composition II in Red, Blue and Yellow (1930). You can use your favorite sweatshirt pattern, in fact I recommend you do use a tried and true one so you have no fit issues to address. I´ve used the Rowan Tee by Titchy Threads, and though it´s actually a tshirt pattern, I´ve sized up for a more relaxed and slouchy look.
First thing you do is trace your entire front piece open. Then decide on a geometric pattern you feel comfortable with: the one shown here results in a front panel with 21 pieces. Trace your main stripes first and decide on the color scheme. After this you´re ready to cut it up! Remember you´ll need to add seam allowances everywhere you cut - each cut means a seam, so SA needed.
The sewing is actually the fun part and it´s sort of a puzzle: you start by blocks, sewing together little pieces first that can then be sewed to a larger stripe. Once you´ve finished the front piece, it just goes as your pattern instructs you.
I wanted to tone down the original paintings primary colours and follow the soft colours in trend, so I choose a lighter blue, coral and pale yellow and made the stripes in navy instead of the original black. The white and dark blue are french terry and sweatshirting, but the other colours are regular lightweight jersey; because I wanted to keep some structure and work with similar fabric weights, I underlined those colours with a piece of the white french terry.
For the front panel, and because I was worried about bulk on all those seams, I sewed it on my regular machine with a stretch stitch and pressed all seams open and flat. Once that was done, I assembled it on the serger just like a regular knit shirt. The stripes on the sleeves were also thought to work visually as a continuum of the front piece ones. I recommend using a bit of scotch tape on a regular shirt first to place and test where you want the stripe so it can be translated into your flat pattern piece.
My boy loved it and my girl requested one, ha! I may have developed a little selective hearing at that moment. This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects and not something you´d want to sew up on a regular basis. But of course I´ve been dreaming of a soft pastel version with some pink and turquoise to indulge her. And seriously, siblings in matching outfits are the cutest, so I must take advantage while they´re little.
If you do get crazy like me and end up making one or similar, don´t forget to share it with us with #petitapetitblog!