Op-art after my own heart.


ebay item 270020047207

Many thanks to Cherokee Geisha, who sent me a link to Capricorn Vintage on eBay. Capricorn Vintage just happens to be listing this dress, which I adore. I love op-art prints, but most of them are 1960s shifts, which are not easy for me to wear. This is an optical-illusion print (the classic temple/door one) in a 1950s silhouette! Check out this close-up:


ebay item 270020047207

A very nice size it is, too: B40/W32. It's only got a couple days left to run, so if you want it, click on the image to go to the auction.

I also love how the print gets larger as it nears the hem of the skirt — what a great effect! It reminds me of one of my all-time favorite "idea dresses" (that is, dresses I have an idea for that I won't ever be able to make) — I want a dress with a print of Tetris blocks, dropping from the shoulders to make a border of nearly-completed rows around the hem. Wouldn't that rock? Obviously, it would have to be a '50s silhouette, as well, to get the full effect, and to reference the 1980s '50s revival that was going on about the time the game was invented. Now, if only someone would make that Tetris border print fabric for me, I could get to work on it.

0 thoughts on “Op-art after my own heart.

  1. Ooh, yeah Tetris! Someone could paint a Tetris design on for you! On the fabric before or after you sewed up the dress. I can hear the crazy, speeding-up Russian music playing from the version I used to engage with! (Oh, God!)

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  2. Wow, that’s a fantastic dress, and for once, it’s actually in my size! *gasp* Though for $56 (the current amount), I’d really want to be able to try it on first…Now, when will the fabric shop starts stocking hographic and Escher prints, eh?

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  3. Love this sort-of fractal print.Erin, are you aware that inkjet prints on fabric can be made permanent and washable? The fabric needs preparation, and rinsing in a detergent solution after drying. Ready-to-go supplies (& how-tos) are available from Dharma Trading: http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/420658-AA.shtmlOf course, from a standard 8.5 x 11 print, that would be a lot of piecing, but the fabric comes in rolls, for anyone who has access to a large-format printer.WARNING: getting hooked on fabric dyeing, computer graphics, and fabric printing can be very addictive, and disruptive to one’s life and sewing projects. (“I’ll just dye the colors I want before starting to sew this project…”)

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  4. If you made the Tetris dress, you’d get lots of compliments wearing it to computer shows & science fiction conventions. I may have to figure out what that would look like for this very reason.

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  5. Hi, this is capricornvintage.🙂 A lovely fellow ebayer reported my item for using the word Escher in my title, so it was ended on ebay. I have relisted it. I apoligize to all of the watchers and bidders. I didn’t realize I couldn’t use a last name in the title.😦 Thanks so much for your compliments and comments! I love this site!

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  6. Hmmm. A Tetris dress would be absolutely *fabulous*. I wonder how hard it would be to print the fabric using those iron-on sheets that you use with an inkjet printer…

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  7. Wouldn’t Cherokee strip-piecing (and much thought) work for a Tetris dress? I’d want that degree of intense color-contrast, and I think you can do strip-piecing with trapezoidal strips, although it takes even more thought. Me, I would maybe do one of the Folkwear designs instead; there’s a ?Turkish? coat made of widening strips. And then one could wear shiny boots and stride through the bridge of one’s spaceship.

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  8. Ask Tim Gunn how the Project Runway folks get their original fabrics made up each season. You CAN make that Tetris fabric (or pay someone with graphic design skills to create it). And when you do, I’ll be the first one in line to pay you to make me a dress with it!

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