I love color. Color, color, color. And I’ve always had sort of a “bit off” sense of color combining. People come up to me all the time and say things like, “Oh, I never would have thought to put that color of shoe with that outfit.” Now whether that means they like it or not, I don’t know, they usually don’t say. But, that’s beside the point. When I watched Penelope, I instantly felt an affinity with her color combinations and such. That being said I thought it would be fun to share how I put together a colorful outfit and hear about what you do when you put together the same.
I start with the number 3. It’s kind of a magical number to me. Not too much, not too little. I’ve found that my favorite outfits usually consist of 3 colors. It’s not a rule, just something to think about. I do see that Penelope puts together even more colors sometimes and sometimes less. I think 3 is a good number to start out with.
I also find that I incorporate a neutral as part of the trio, but I like spicing up the neutral with a print or pattern. I think the neutral should incorporate a soft texture of some sort. For example, take my Naughty Secretary Dress. A colorful print on top, and then the skirt section is a neutral brown herringbone. A flair of fun without being too crazy.
And now for the fun part, pairing the neutral with two colors. Color pairing is fun, well, at least to me. I like odd color combos, a smattering of my favorites being:
violet & mustard yellow
purple & orange
leaf green & magenta
turquoise & lipstick red
I like to pick one of the colors as an article of clothing and the other color is fun to splash in with shoes and other accessories like hosiery, jewelry and hair pieces.
Just a little fun for thought about color combos with a little Penelope-esque flair. What are your thoughts? How do you pair up outfits? What are some of your favorite color combinations?
Aren’t you so glad its Friday again? I am and I’m so happy to be feeling up to par. I really love bringing these spotlights to you every week.
This week’s creation comes to you from Stefi at Just Chic. I am continually amazed with her creations. Don’t forget to check out her tutorials either! I first noticed her on Burda Style and have been continually blown away by the fabrics she uses and the designs she comes up with. This skirt is one of her own designs and a perfect fit for any colorful wardrobe, I dare say. I’m quite sure Penelope would be rather proud. Beautiful job Stefi.
Have you read this article over at the Selfish Seamstress? I thought it was rather thought provoking and intriguing. I’ve thought about it a lot ever since reading it. I’ll say that I’m rather a sucker for feminine details and definitely do not think they should be done away with, but I will say that I’ve seen (and unfortunately, made) some rather atrocious garments with too much craziness going on. You know, just a little stitch for thought.
This week’s stitching tip is on pinning. Always pin. My mom said that my grandma always says this. A great rule of thumb. Sewing goes along so much better if one pins before they stitch. And don’t forget to use the right pins when pinning. Standard dressmaking pins are great, but don’t forget that for silk and knits there are extra sharps and ball points so as not to obstruct the fragile weave of the cloths for these types of fabrics. Here’s a great article on just this subject.
Image Courtesy of thenakedsnail on flickr
And that’s a wrap! Have a fantastic weekend!
Please excuse my temporary absence. I’ve still been battling what felt like a raging flu. Whatever it was, it did get the better of me. During this illness, I took the opportunity to catch up on some movie watching. I mean there’s nothing like feeling too sick to do anything but lay around with your eyes open and watching so many movies that your eyes become bloodshot. I mean….So yeah, I watched a lot of movies. And didn’t do anything else. Really. Seriously, NOTHING else.
Well, during this movie marathon, I decided to watch Penelope. I’ll have you know that this is not a movie I even really wanted to watch, but since you can watch it instantly via Netflix, I thought I might as well. A very sweet word is coming to mind right now, ummmmm….. SO CUTE! Loved it! The story line is rather darling and the set is quite breathtaking and Penelope’s wardrobe is to DIE for! Yes. So many ideas, so much inspiration, so much fun! If you haven’t seen this movie yet, and you are looking for some great wardrobe inspiration, I insist you watch it. Penelope’s eye for color coordination is out of this world. And there is so much color to be had. Amidst a world of so much black, brown, tan, navy, khaki and such, she is a bright little colorful star. Don’t get me wrong, she still wears the neutrals, but with so much vavoom! that you wouldn’t even know she’s wearing them. Yeah, she’s that good.
I think I’ve pretty much decided that my wardrobe is lacking color and its time to have some fun with giving everything a color makeover. I’m so jealous of every single thing Penelope wears. It must be mine! I love the way so many colors and textures make up an outfit. Those green shoes, that purple (with pink piping) coat, those sweet cardigans, sigh…..
This movie came out in 2008 and of course I kept wondering to myself, where was I? You may wonder that yourself after watching it. I googled Penelope’s wardrobe and found a few blog posts here and there of people trying to imitate her style by buying clothes. Someone even asked, “Where do I find clothes like hers?” There was the usual answers like Anthropologie and J.Crew and then someone said, “Become famous.” Ha ha ha. I snickered after reading that and wanted to add, “Learn how to sew.” I very wickedly snickered again because I knew that I could imitate her wardrobe with a little stitch here and a gather there. Ha ha ha.
I most certainly hope you have enjoyed today’s lesson on why its so very important to know how to sew. Thank you Penelope!
So I made those jeans for Mr. S. I made a muslin beforehand for those too, just to see about fitting issues I might have. I did have some. Surprise, I know.
Just for fun, let’s break pants into two sections. The pant legs and the pant torso. The pant legs are the section that fit the legs and the pant torso is the section that fits the lower half of the torso. I only ended up making alterations to the pant torso. On the muslin the pants were too short in both sections, the pant torso and the pant leg. I thought if I just added more length to the pant torso, that would in turn add more length to the pant leg. As you probably know by now, otherwise I would not be writing a post about this, that is wrong thinking. Here’s why, or why I think it’s wrong:
Now that I have the pants made for Mr. S, I see what really happened when I lengthened the pant torso. By the way, I lengthened the front and the back pant torso 1 inch. Do you know what that did? By lengthening the pant torso, the waistline went up (the crotch stayed in the same place), but the pant leg stayed the same. Now that’s pretty interesting, I mean at least it is to me. What I’m really saying is this is a very very good point to keep in mind when you need to do this alteration to the pattern itself.
What I’m also saying is that you should think of these sections, the pant torso and the pant leg as two separate sections. What I should have done is alter the pant torso less and added a little to the pant leg. You know what’s kind of funny? The pattern will tell you to do this itself indirectly as there is an alteration cutting line on the pant torso and the pant leg. Pretty fun huh?
So that’s what I learned about altering pant patterns. Maybe something you already figured out or knew, but just in case you didn’t, well, there you go.
Um…. and you thought I wore the pants here? If you don’t know by now, this is my Mr. S. And I’m his Mrs. And we go together like peaches and pie. He he he. I’ve never sewn a single stitch of apparel for Mr. S and I thought it was high time. He was in desperate need of new jeans. I’ve seen the jeans bug hitting a lot of stitchers these days and I think for very good reason. Everyone wants jeans that fit really well, have a great wash, and make their…ahem…features stand out. I love jeans. Love them. I’m planning to make my own soon. Very soon.
When we go shopping for Mr. S, we run into troubles. The tall and thin troubles. You see, we can find clothing for tall people, but not thin people and we can find clothing for thin people but not tall people. Mr. S is a small boned dude and really he’s not that tall, but clothing companies seem to think that if you’re a small guy that means short and thin. There’s nothing beyond a 32″ inseam in jeans. It’s so rare to find a pair of 34″ inseam pants in a 30″ waist, and that in our price range. Is it crazy to anyone else that we spend (at least in the US) over $100 on jeans? Sometimes over $200. Um, that’s just silly. Do you even realize how much I paid for the fabric for these? The fabric wasn’t even on sale and it was still only $3.99 a yard. And I only needed 2 yards for this. Under $10 folks. Now that is really sick. I mean really.
I wasn’t emotionally prepared for the hunting of jeans that don’t seem to exist this time around. So here is Kwik Sew 3504. Doesn’t look like much on the pattern cover, but these are jeans peeps. I’ll be making these again and again, I think. I don’t know that Mr. S is completely convinced that he likes them. But hey, these are my first pair. A few more and perhaps he’ll be swayed. Let’s get down to specifics shall we?
I used a stretch denim for these, which was murder, complete murder on my machine, and did a gold denim topstitching thread. Having read the Selfish Seamstress’ posts on her jeans and Petite Republic’s post on her jeans, I knew just where to find the rivets. Give that an ebay search. Surprisingly, jean buttons are just at your local fabric store, usually, so those were pretty easy to get and then I took a look at Brian Sews tutorial for how to make these puppies work. After all was said and done I tried distressing the jeans. I’m not sure that these really worked out that well and I don’t know if that’s because of the stretch in the denim or not. I tried bleaching these and sandpapering them and giving them a few bleach pen streaks. Google “How to Distress Jeans.” And they are still not quite right and I’m not really happy with the result. And by the way, I tore up my fingers pretty good with all of these methods. Best tip if you are going to try this: wear gloves! Oh well! Let’s get back to the pattern.
The pattern is actually quite good. There are a few tweeks that still need to be made for next time, but overall I’m happy with the fit and the construction. The instructions are great and quite straight forward. Totally recommend!
And that’s that. Sigh. I’m ready for a really easy sewing project next. What say you?