Janette Gerber
"Male Fantasy"

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(Photos by Bill Crofton)

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My interest in creating fabrics using water-soluble substrates and my sewing machine, led to the design of lacy over-garments. When worn, they guarantee attention and start conversations.  What is this? How did you make it? As I answered questions about the garments construction inevitably a male would remark, “This should be lingerie”.

While problem solving for the “robe” project I was transported back to the days of Baby Doll pajamas and Peignoirs, a time when “lingerie” meant feeling pretty in illusive fabrics that flowed with a sense of mystique. These men were onto something, and here was my chance to create my own illusive fabric and garment.

How? Ribbons and yarns are laid out on a sticky substrate and covered by a clear film creating a sandwich. The sandwich is then taken to the sewing machine and stitched in a grid pattern. The substrate and the film are water-soluble and when submerged in warm water and rinsed thoroughly, wash away leaving lacelike fabric pieces. These pieces are sewn together to become the robe. Well, maybe it’s not quite that simple, but you get the idea.

 

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