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-- often referred to as My Ragdoll Collection was conceived under the idea of never buying a single yard of new fabric.

Materials were gathered from others' leftover projects in a variety of colors, prints, and yardages. The project began while Ellie was studying fashion design at Pratt Institute, and was reimagined in late 2017.

 

Creating a garment from scratch can create a lot of excess waste from scraps left behind during the cutting process. For this collection, every scrap was quilted back onto the garments -- practicing a zero waste concept before Ellie officially adopted the design philosophy. To avoid waste,  every sizable pattern piece had to be cut from the scavenged fabric before committing the rest to quilting scrap. 

As she started developing her initial concepts for this collection, Ellie's ideas escalated out of her regulation of materials. First, many of the fabrics needed to be dyed to fit the ominous color story of the collection. Any print with a white undertone received at least one Rit dye bath to deepen its shade. (See Swatches here) By taking scraps of different patterns and colors, she quilted and appliquéd her scraps into a richly textured form of pointillism. 

Though some may view this material challenge as a limitation, the boundaries have actually further enriched Ellie's design process.

As she started developing her initial concepts for this collection, Ellie's ideas escalated out of her regulation of materials. First, many of the fabrics needed to be dyed to fit the ominous color story of the collection. Any print with a white undertone received at least one Rit dye bath to deepen its shade. (See Swatches here) By taking scraps of different patterns and colors, she quilted and appliquéd her scraps into a richly textured form of pointillism. 

Though some may view this material challenge as a limitation, the boundaries have actually further enriched Ellie's design process.

A Hoarder's Quilted Collection

Publications

Faddy Magazine

Issue 14 - Showcase 6

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Mending, Repair, Sewing, Clothing Customization

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