Spring Into Colour

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.

The Fabric

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.

The Pattern

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.

5. Pockets
Of course it has pockets! I don’t think I need to say any more on that subject.

The Verdict

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!

Blog Tour

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:

Thursday, March 1st: Sewing By Ti- Intro
2nd: Tenille’s Thread

Monday, March 5th: Confessions of the Pink Obsessed
6th: Sewn By Lone
7th: Sewing By Ti, Stylin Stacy
8th: EYMM
9th: Stitched by Jennie
10th: Elli and Nels

Sunday, March 11th: Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea Atelier
12th: Very Blissful
13th: My Heart Will Sew On
14th: Sewing Blue
15th: Seams Like Style
16th: Kate Will Knit
17th: Twinado Alley

Sunday March 18th: Mermaids Den
19th: My Sewing Roots
20th: Our Play Palace
21st: Kathys Kwilts and More
22nd: The Fairy Dust Bin
23rd: Oak Blue Designs
24th: Aurora Designs Fabrics

Sunday March 25th: Flaxfield Sewing
26th: Seams Sew Lo
27th: Ma Moose
28th: Back 40 Life
29th: Auschick Sews
30th: Manning the Machine
31st: Mermaids Den

Thanks for reading!

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