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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international consultants. About living in Italy, the Veneto area near Venice; in Indonesia, central Java. Why we love the southeast of the United States and moved back from Italy. Our love for gardening, the botanical way. Sharing with you our manifold treasures from exotic places and even offering several in my Mariette's Back to Basics LLC Boutique, for others to enjoy. As well as high end silver items from Giovanni Raspini, Italy |  google.com/+MariettesBacktoBasics 
I also do classes and consulting... too much to list here! Check out my google.com/+MarietteVandenMunckhofVedder ABOUT page, where you see my other LINKS and email address; you just scroll down.Thanks!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{My Batik Creations}


  • Since yesterday's post was all about Indonesia, a country that is dear to our hearts as we've lived and worked there for so many years, I will continue with Indonesia today. 
  • While living and working in Central Java, Indonesia, about 15-20 girls from the Catholic boarding school for the deaf, did come to our home for a substitute Papa & Mama. 
  • We've carried suitcases full of items for them to give away. Loads of handwork material etc. etc. 
  • Being able to speak their native language, Bahasa Indonesia opened many doors and we often were overwhelmed by the stories we heard. 
  • For those kids it was tough, only going home twice a year to their real parents. 
  • Once in a while a visit by their parents to the boarding school, IF they could afford the travel expenses... 
  • So gladly we opened up our hearts and our home to them. From two girls that came from Surabaya, East Java, we received once a parcel in the mail with two pieces of lovely batik in a high quality.
  •  In a previous post on November 20, 2010 about: {Batik Birds from Indonesia on Silk and Cotton}, you can find a video about the making of this artful waxing and printing on fabric.
  • So from those two pieces of fabric I did sew a batik shirt for Pieter, using a Burda pattern, my all time favorite patterns. 
  • And for myself I used another Burda pattern for a skirt with a button down top. Lined in Swiss batiste that I got at my favorite notions store of Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. 
  • You can also get swatches and than mail order from them. We did a lot of consulting in California so I got lucky to make a frequent stop there for finding all my fashion notions.
  • The ensemble is lined in red Swiss batiste and has buttons from Britex Fabrics, in San Francisco. You find the link above.
  • The red coral necklace and bracelet came from China when Pieter went there for Campbell Soup with People to People Citizen Ambassador Program.
  • The handbag and shoes are from Charles Jourdan. Shoes from the Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th at Potomac Mills (Simon Malls Outlet) south of Washington DC. Handbag from México City, México.
  • Courrèges Paris watch is from Singapore. 
  • If you want some Consulting from Mariette's Back to Basics about: YOUR OWN CLOTHES, ONLY BETTER! Just click on the above hyperlink.

  • These photos are taken on June 12 with still green grass, before the heat and drought...

  • October 20 to show you some more detail...

  • Skirt has a slit and zips up in the back.
  • I did make a hair barrette with the same batik fabric, batting and an antique button.

  • The top does tie in the back.

  • Buttons from Britex Fabrics.

  • For Pieter I did sew a batik shirt.

  • Detail of pocket with top stitching.

  • Detail of the cuff and sleeve slit with buttons and top stitching.



Related link:

Silk Embroidered Birds from China Trip previous post by me

24 comments:

  1. Hi!
    lovely fabric!
    It really is so in life thate what you give out to others you will get back and more. This is really a good exampel of thate.
    Have a nice tuesday.
    Hug Anna

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  2. Hi Mama Mariette n Papa Pieter,

    Nice blog...I like these pictures very much. you look so beautiful and papa looks handsome :)..Stay healthy..God Bless You

    Shinta
    Denpasar-Indonesia

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  3. Hello, Dearest Mariette.
    I loved to see you today, dear friend!!!
    And both of you dressed with your creations of the wonderful fabric gift♡♡♡ And I admire your coordination with your other items.
    Wonderful work which I truly respect.
    Much Love and bless you, xoxo Myako.

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  4. Come sei elegante Mariette e che fisico che hai!Queste stoffe sono belle,anche la camicia di tuo marito.Baci,Rosetta

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  5. Very neatly done- Burda has great patterns, my mum always used to use them....And the detail is beautifully executed.You are a very fine needle woman!! Lovely present, to receive such unique fabric...and a lovely reminder of your time in Indonesia.. XXX Bea

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  6. The detail in the fabric is astounding!! The colors are beautiful & you did a fabulous job!!
    Have a Great Day!!
    Marilyn

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  7. Ciao Mariette, long time since my last comment but I've been busy as never before (daily checking your blog, though) yet I want U to know how much I love both 'artworks' on you. Lots of love as ever.

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  8. Hello Mariette~You look so pretty sporting your gorgeous creation!! and so does your dear hubby :) what beautiful fabrics and special too :)

    xo~Mari

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  9. How wonderful these girls were able to find comfort with you and Pieter. Being far from loved loves is so difficult , especially for a child.
    The fabrics are beautiful and the wonderful garments you have created are wonderful. So much love is sewn into these.

    Wishing you a lovely day my friend... Blessings to you both! xo HHL

    P.S. Yes, I received notification of your email being temporarily inaccessible - and have forward response to your original email to Pieter's email.. xo

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  10. Dear Mariette, what a great work you did... and I´m so impressed that you speak their native language, how great!!!!
    you and Pieter look gorgeous!!!!
    hugs dear

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  11. I love to sew! Your photos have inspired me to be more creative. I've just finished my Halloween costume .. going to a party for the first time in many years...you look gorgeous and reinforce for me my decision to let my hair be its natural 70-year old color!!!!

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  12. Liebe Mariette,

    da kann ich nur noch meinen Vorgängern zustimmen.

    Alles Liebe
    Angela und Elisabeth

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  13. Liebe Mariette,
    ich bin ganz begeistert von deinem wundervollen Kleid - herrlich die Farben - die Knöpfe sind so schön - der Schnitt ist so toll - auch die Korallenkette mit Armband gefällt mir sehr - und vor allem dein strahlendes Lächeln - mein Gott, was hast du für eine tolle Figur - kein Gramm zu viel im Gegensatz zu mir -
    ich wünsche dir einen wunderschönen gemütlichen Tag - herzlichst - Ruth

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  14. You both look very handsom in these outfits.....beautiful made.....
    Greetings Bianca

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  15. Mooi hoor Mariette, mooie stof. En je bent lekker slank!Na de oorlog kwamen er veel Indonesiërs naar Nederland, zodoende heb ik enige indonesche familie.
    Op je vraag of mijn ouders nog leven, nee Mariette, mijn moeder is 14 jaar geleden overleden en mijn vader bijna al 10 jaar geleden. Ik was toen 48 jaar.Het blijft altijd een gemis.....

    Liefs Janny

    Groetjes Janny.

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  16. Hello Mariette,
    you really look oh so fantastic in your red dress and make not alone the wonderful batic fabric. Also Peieter is really handsome with his wonderful shirt. You sewed both, the shirt and the dress? You have amazing skills and you are really talented with ever handcraft. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  17. Ein tolles Kleid !!!Ich kann mich nur den Worten von Ruth anschließen .LG Ina

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  18. you look stunning in that dress!!!!

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  19. You guys are tres chic!


    It was a thrill meeting Rachel. I’m still too shy to look at all the pictures! Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog.
    xo
    Sandy

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  20. amazing that you sewed the dress yourself, I love batik too! and am currently taking classes. :)

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  21. You look so pretty dearest Mariette in your red ensamble. Cute as a button to be sure! How talented you are. I can barely sew on a button. :(

    Hope you are having a wonderful week.
    xo Catherine

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  22. WOW! Dearest Mariette, what a lovely dress and shirt you have sewn! Both looks great and I like the batik fabrics!

    have a great week,
    sending love and hugs,
    Claudia

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  23. Dearest Mariette,

    What a great help you must have been to the children at boarding school in Indonesia, you are very special.
    I loved both your and Pieter's outfits and you are such a wonderful sewer. Love the batik fabric and has made very special outfits for you both.

    Happy week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. What a beautiful Lady!
    You are a great sewist Mariette!.I am crazy always about Batik,from batik tulis until printed Batik.
    nice color

    love

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