This is a slightly transparent painted silk georgette in black and gold, vanilla and pink. It is inspired by paintings in the Uffici Gallery in Florence in which gold embroidery is meticulously rendered in oil paint. My take on florals is a little more sloppy – as I sketched in an indication of plants to the white silk with wax . I then screen printed colour on top of the wax – and completed the rest of the painting. I steam my fabric to set the dyes and make the cloth washable – and this process removes the wax and leaves the image of the ‘drawing’ in place.

The blouse has a neat mandarin collar and buttons down the front. It will fit UK 10/12 USA 8/10 and maeasures62cm/24″ from centre back to hem and 100cm/38″ at bust level, with a sleevelength of 58cm/22″. Sleeves could easily be shortened if necessary.