The ‘Experiments with colour’ top
Fabric: Mystery white poly-something from Walthamstow Market / Blue-and-white textured vintage cotton / Yellow cotton
Pattern: Simplicity 2406
Time to complete: 1 evening drafting, about 8 hours cutting and sewing
First worn: March 2012
Wear again? Perhaps.
Total Cost: About £3 altogether
My favourite colour has changed a lot over the years – though I’m pretty sure I never went through a pink phase – and I now seem to have settled on a warm yellow. It just makes everything a little bit happier. I’m typing this drinking (yellow) orange juice, next to my iPhone in its yellow case, wearing yellow nail varnish (and yellow underwear, if that’s not too much sharing). And even sitting in a yellow kitchen! (but that belongs to my in-laws).
So when I googled the Pantone Spring Palette, I was drawn straight to the Solar Power yellow. Bam! What a colour; what a name! Isn’t it a shame one can’t buy fabric by Pantone colour? I’d make myself whole Solar Power outfits. As it is, I had to settle for a slightly mustardy shade instead, but at least it’s lovely on the fingertips. On the other hand, I think I scored well on the blue and white fabric as a good match for Sodalite blue… just far enough from navy to be interesting. My original project for this challenge was this top:
But I was so chuffed with it, I went straight ahead and put it up on my blog. So I needed something new for the SW challenge. Simplicity 2406 is one of my all time favourite patterns (I used it for the red challenge as well) and I’ve been toying with some alterations… in particular, more shaping around the waist, as I can’t pull off the loose and flowing look. Thus, I drafted a drawstring-style waist with some leftover Sodalite blue:
The finished item mostly achieves the concept I had… and I can’t exactly say what loses it points. But honestly, I don’t feel excited enough about it – usually, I make something and then wear it as much as socially possible for at least fortnight. But somehow, I can see this hanging around for a bit. Do you ever feel the same about a garment? What do you do about it?