It’s one of my favourite flowers.

Every time I walk into town (which I’m doing rather a lot just now, with the car still in the workshop*), I cross the bridge over the creek, and I look down. And this is why. The flowers are the most wonderful shade of purply-blue, almost lavender, and their crisp, sculptural perfection is superb, springing as they do from rather murky, weedy water. As well as the murk, the creek is home to fish, terrapins and frogs, but these beauties rise serenely above it all.

And then I remembered the fabric. Of course I did. Weeellll, it wouldn’t be me if there was no fabric, would it?

So I bring you (with a tiny weeny fanfare), the fabric for the next – and probably last, for now – Hawaiian type shirt. And of course, the big pattern has lotus on it.

Two Kaffe Fassett pieces. One scrap of batik, and one oddment of printed poplin from the end of the roll at Spotlight. The colours in this photos aren’t that great, there’s a lot more lilac and the green is less assertive in real life.

I had to do some tinkering to make it all work. The lotus fabric is going on the back, but was slightly too short. So I pieced in a strip of the front fabric at the top. It works… The back fabric is also being used for the sleeves, but wasn’t quite wide enough for the correct length, so I shortened the sleeves a little, and they are cut on the cross rather than straight grain. The collar is green on top and the yoke fabric underneath. The interfacing is pieced again.

It’s not made yet, and it’s potentially a bit bonkers, but I love the colours: grey, lilac, blue, aqua, pink and green. I also love the interplay between the pattern scales and structures. And finally, it’s fun to collect together fabrics which have no hope of being worn in their current states, and assembling them into something wearable and fun.

This is going to be the last one for a while. I have quilting I need to do and a quilt to finish, and two pairs of summer pyjamas to make.

Not quite so much fun, but it needs to get done.


*It’s been nearly 6 weeks… timing belts shredded, rockers bent, camshaft bent, sheared bolts, I could go on. I’m over it, and I’m especially over walking 2km into town and back in 30°C+. Hopefully it will be over soon. Meanwhile, I sew.

35 thoughts on “Lotus

  1. I love the colours so much and it will look beautiful… my favourite so far. Can’t wait for it to come together 🤩
    Looks like a few more things to the car. Sorry I cut off this morning but one thing led to another 👀
    I will call tomorrow and finish our chat xxx

  2. tialys says:

    That’s going to be a beauty.
    I feel your pain on the car front. After weeks of getting my stock ready and generally prepping for a Christmas market, on the morning the car wouldn’t start so I couldn’t go. A new battery is due to arrive today but we’re only guessing that’s the problem.
    I hope yours get fixed soon. xx

    • katechiconi says:

      I think our repairs might cost a wee bit more than your new battery, unfortunately. ..The shirt will be a fun one, for sure!

      • tialys says:

        The new battery has arrived, been fitted and car still doesn’t work so more repairs to come although I’m hoping the list of faults still won’t be as long as yours.

      • katechiconi says:

        Aargh… I feel your pain. We’ve worked out we’d be better off if an elephant had fallen out of the sky and crash landed on the car… At least the insurance would have covered that!

  3. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Love it! And ‘Get well soon’ to the car.

  4. I don’t think it’s going to be bonkers, I think it’s going to be a stunner. Not sure I’d be up to walking into town in that heat, you’re a stronger woman than me!…..

  5. Caroline says:

    By the time the temperature hits 30 degrees (never mind the plus) I’m in meltdown … can’t imagine walking miles

  6. Dayphoto says:

    I love the colors also! It’s going to be really pretty

  7. Bear says:

    Ouch on the car repairs… I had something similar happen to me with a pickup. I was doing about 70MPH on the freeway when something went blooey in the engine, The camshaft broke and tore the block to shreds. It was going to cost more to fix than to buy a new car. I hated losing that truck, and I’d only had it about a month when it happened. Lesson learned: NEVER accept a gift from inlaws… it will always break and they will ALWAYS blame you for it. UGH! Anyway, I sympathize with you. Happy Quilting. I’m working on embroidered Christmas Ornaments to give as gifts. Using up some scrap pieces of evenweave linen. I can’t wait to see this shirt finished. I’ll bet it’s going to be beautiful! 🙂 ❤

    • katechiconi says:

      Yup, self-destructing engines are a pain. The timing belt came off and flew around inside the engine doing lots of pricey damage. Weird thing was, it was totally silent. Luckily it’s a non-interference engine, so it could have been a lot worse…

  8. Marty K says:

    Definitely looking forward to seeing the finished shirt! I’m sorry about the car repairs. We’re getting close to pulling the plug on my ’98 wagon, but I still think she has a few more miles left in her. And major yuck for having to be out and about in 30+ weather. We’ve been in the 30s to mid-30s off and on this month and it has not been fun — especially as it’s almost winter up here!

    • katechiconi says:

      The shirt is an island of calm in a sea of yuck right now. We’re coming into storm season, so there are almost daily thunderstorms, always Mouse’s favourite (not), the humidity is off the scale, and the transportation options are 1) getting into motorbike gear or 2) walking. Think I’ll just stay home… 😕

  9. claire93 says:

    if it turns out half as good as your last one, it’ll be lovely!

  10. craftycreeky says:

    Your photo reminded me of the lotus flowers we saw in Bali, they are beautiful, a bit like waterlilies on stalks!! Your shirt is going to be fab, can’t wait to see it finished 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      They’re the same, but the most incredible celestial blue. It’s a pity the ones on the shirt aren’t the same colour, but the form is very elegant too, so it’s OK.

  11. I’m so looking forward to seeing it finished. I love those kinds of shirts.

  12. Such pretty summery patterns and colours… sure to make you feel cooler! Condolences for the car troubles… I hope it’s sorted soon and as painlessly on the hip pocket as possible ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      The car? It’s already into the large 4 figures… The fabrics are much prettier in real life than they look in the photo, which has skewed the values towards green. Talk to you soon – I’m planning to book NH today.

  13. kymlucas says:

    I am so sorry your car is still out of commission! What a pain, especially in the heat! I would send you some of chill if I could. Can’t wait to see the shirt when it’s done.

  14. nanacathy2 says:

    Pretty flower and wonderful inspiration. It will be a Bobby dazzler.

  15. anne54 says:

    The lotus is a yoga symbol for that reason ~ its beauty emerges from the slime and muck of the water. I love the idea of this shirt, Kate. I have been thinking about making material out of my linen scraps, to then sew into a top. I fancy joining the scraps with embroidery. But first, other things take priority.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think some of the most unique garments evolve t his way. It’s also a way to showcase beautiful fabrics that would otherwise stay in the cupboard, unseen. I love the sound of your future experiment!

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