Colours for Spring
Every year Pantone releases a report of the colours that are trending on the fashion runway. These are the colours that are going to be appearing in all the stores, and that will be featuring on all the new fabric! The colours for this spring are, I think, a little hard to wear:
But I do love that the compatible neutrals are also shown this time.
While I was on holiday this summer, I happened to stop in to a store called East Coast Fabrics, where I picked up this beautiful border print rayon:
This print is the same at each side of the fabric, and features some of the colours of this Spring’s colour chart, all on the blue neutral. I especially like the yellowy-lime colour, I don’t normally like yellow (or orange for that matter) on me, and I wouldn’t wear it as a solid on its own, but I can wear it when it is featured as part of a print like this. I didn’t have any particular vision for this fabric when I bought it, other than that I really liked it and thought it would make a lovely dress, so I bought 4 metres, and I used up most of that for this dress because it was an unusual width – 135cm – and I cut all the pieces across the grain to use the border print.
I used the border print around the hemline of my dress, and also around the sleeves. I like the visual effect, and I like not having the busy print all over, it is naturally broken up by the smaller print in the centre of the fabric, which is also in the centre of the dress.
Of course, a beautiful fabric needs the right pattern to feature the beautiful print doesn’t it? I used the Eleni Top Tunic Dress Pattern by Designer Stitch. This top, tunic or dress features an off the shoulder look with a few different sleeve variations. It was amazingly quick to put together, and so easy to sew with the detailed instructions. There are also lots of opportunities to add lace or other trim, and I did look at doing something…but in the end I think that the fancy fabric speaks for itself and it doesn’t need anything more.
I’ve had this pattern since it was released last year. I made a toile of it with the ruffle around the shoulder/neckline – but I felt a bit ‘overwhelmed’ by it, so it got put into the disappointment pile for a little bit. I thought that with this beautiful drapey rayon I would give it another go…without the ruffle!
Okay, so this pattern comes with quite a few different variations, I used:
1. Knee length
I’m 159cm tall, so it falls a bit below the knee on me, which is actually the length that I prefer, so that’s quite fine.
2. 7/8 flared sleeve
As above I’m not very tall, so the sleeve actually falls to my wrists, although I did also only use a very small hem because the fabric is so drapey I didn’t want to ruin the movement with a heavy hemline.
3. Optional shoulder straps
I still haven’t found a strapless bra that I feel comfortable in, certainly not for everyday wear, so I added the optional shoulder straps. This was actually really easy to do, and a simple solution to a wardrobe problem.
4. Optional soft waist tie
I was concerned that this dress might look a bit ‘sack-like’ on me, so I did make the optional waist tie. I actually like it both ways, I think it works with or without.
Of course it has pockets! I don’t think I need to say any more on that subject.
I love this dress, it is so comfortable to wear, but more impressive is how easy it is to wear. I don’t feel the need to accessorise it with anything more than a pair of cute shoes and I’m ready to go!
This month’s blog tour, hosted by Sewing By Ti is all about the Spring Colours. Make sure to check out all the awesome bloggers this month:
Thanks for reading!