Mikey Espinosa – Rebirth (custom)

The first sweater I released and the final customised piece!

Like the Endure sweater, the characters featured in the illustration will also be featured in the comic I’m working on “Cian a world by Mikey Espinosa.” This piece definitely took the longest to do and I will show you why!
Mikey Espinosa - Rebirth custom Roses (front)When doing the illustration I focused a lot on Spring time as Spring is the season known for new life, animals are coming out of hibernation, flowers are beginning to bloom and the grass becomes greener! For me Spring is such a Romantic time, Valentines day has just finished, it rains a lot (kisses in the rain haha) and it’s a time to get cosey just like winter. so I decided to create Roses.
Mikey Espinosa - Rebirth SleeveI actually started by cutting an upside down triangle at the back, I find the back to be quite a sexy part of the body and I wanted to reveal the spine and shoulder blades.
Mikey Espinosa - Rebirth backWith the back cut out, I wanted to bring attention to it but make it elegant and romantic. With the path of the roses, I originally wanted it to start from the lowest point of the triangle then spread out to a slightly off shoulder position. I felt that this would create a very heavy and dragged look which I didn’t want. Mikey Espinosa - Rebirth custom close up on roseThe roses themselves are individually hand stitched. I used a tie dyed blood red and burgundy fabric with printed black lace and gold fabric that shimmered (sorry I’m not so clued up on materials, I just touched and felt what I felt was best). I had an issue with the gold because it frayed easily but realised that this added charm to the perfect red roses. They were created by cutting random long triangular shapes and stitching the thinnest point of the fabric then gradually stitching sections of the loose pieces onto the sweater, to put it simply think of stitching down a spiral.

And that concludes the customised pieces! Hope you have fun customising whatever it is you have. Before you throw away clothes, recycle and reuse  🙂

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