I first dyed each piece separately in a bath of loquat leaves for a soft apricot background colour. By the end, that colour was more a dusky pink which isn't really apparent in these images but still works well.
Then it was time to add some special effects. I was particular about the placement of the printed leaf patterns so it took my assistant (teenage daughter) and I a bit of thinking to figure out how to place the plant material and bundle it to achieve the desired results. We used prunus leaves which gave us gorgeous purple prints, onion skins and geranium leaves. The skirt took two attempts before we were happy but the bodice was perfect first time! I have deducted that interesting results always happen when I wrap the bundles around either a rusty funnel or a rusty cow bell! The metal reacts with the plant material and fabric producing great effects. The only challenge was wrapping the garments securely around such odd shaped objects.
I'm pretty happy with it as a first attempt....
|Leaf print detail.|
|Rear bodice detail.|
|Cleo insisted on making an appearance!|