I’ve had a little change of heart lately. It started slowly but it’s picking up steam. You might have noticed me hint at it in my previous post.
Ever since I started avoiding new clothes and sewing my wardrobe for myself (five years ago!) I shifted my thinking about what I would sew. Almost without realizing it, I moved me into a more conservative direction with what I created. I felt that what I stitched for myself had to be exceptionally wearable and versatile. This is not a bad mentality but inadvertently, I translated that to mean all neutrals and in classic colors. When the Sew Frosting challenge came along I was surprised at how excited I was to make something and made a pair of floral pants.
Sadly, I had some fitting issues and need to go back in and do some mending on these Chi-Town Chinos (totally my fault and having mostly to do with errors in adding that glorious stripe). I realized, however, that I would absolutely WEAR these floral pants. I would probably wear them a lot. As my friend said when I revealed this revelation, “Florals can be a neutral!”. Yes! They can! My life has lots of opportunities that call for color, happy color. And, creating my own low-waste wardrobe doesn’t need to mean I stick to grey, black, olive and navy. I can achieve the elegant, wearable clothes I want and still invite in lively color. I’ve always added pops of color to my me-made wardrobe but sort of felt like I had to hold back. I need more color in my life, man! So, when Katie Kortman hooked me into Sew Happy Color I was FULL ON!
I decided to create an ensemble that is sew happy color from head to toe. Katie has divided the weeks of Sew Happy Color into Red/pink ; Orange/Yellow; Green and Blue/Violet. I have NO IDEA what this rainbow of an outfit qualifies as but I’m choosing to have it as part of the Orange/Yellow week because it was the use of orange that really challenged me and the pops of orange really add the visual interest that I like the most about this outfit. I’ve never been a fan of orange colored clothing, except rust, so I also like that I was drawn to something I usually shy away from.
It’s a real testament to Sew Happy Color that I’m even thinking about color in this way. If you aren’t watching Katie on Instagram start right now. She is a treasure trove of color theory information. I thought I knew stuff but I knew nothing. She is teaching me so much.
So, here it is:
+ A Tasmyn Top (modified with a longer torso and a deeper middle slit). This was a free pattern from Simply Sewing magazine but it is available for purchase if you buy the magazine issue. The fabric is one print that has a border. I made the border vertical and used lovely hot neon coral topstitch thread! Gloriousness! I got the fabric on Etsy.
+ A denim Sandbridge skirt from Hey June Handmade. I know. This looks like it’s just plain denim and mostly it is. Ever since I made one in grey twill, I’ve been wanted a simple denim version. But, this time, I added RAINBOW bias tape to the inside. It makes me exceptionally happy. I also created a funky pocket design in yellow topstitch thread. My butt deserves it.
You might notice I don’t have topstitching on the yoke portions. I love the Sandbridge Skirt but as I almost always have to when I make bottoms, I needed to take a v-shaped chunk out of the middle back. My body has a dramatic curve from the butt to the lower back. I knew this would make it difficult to get the VERY obvious topstitching to line up so I opted to use standard navy thread instead. I also hemmed the skirt. This denim (from Imagine Gnats) is a very stretchy denim and I don’t love the way the raw stretchy denim behaves.
+ Competing this sew happy color head to toe and inside out outfit is a pair of super fun espadrilles. I had so much fun making this pair of shoes. They felt like such an indulgence. I grabbed all kinds of trims, ribbons, twill tape, pom-poms and even florescent pink nylon string from the hardware store that I had on hand! I will be sharing a how-to blog post soon with details on how I made these next week. They just make my feet so happy. And, look, so much orange!
Ignore the winter white legs, please! Spring is coming.
Love the pocket design on your denim skirt!
Melissa Q. says
Thank you! I had fun with it!
Matti Prevost-Hart says
It’s so wonderful to watch you blossom. (That pun was not on purpose, but I’m leaving it BECAUSE I CAN.) Enjoy and keep sharing!
Love those espadrilles! Can you tell me how to make the tassel/ tie on the top? I’m making a Roscoe Blouse and want a similar look. It’s awesome!!
Melissa Q. says
Thanks! I actually used tassels from an old shirt I had but never wore so I don’t know how to make them. I’m sure a quick google search would come up with something fab, though!