The “New Yellow Era” shirt
Believe it or not: In my late teens, early twenties, I was the wold’s biggest fan of yellow. My room was painted bright yellow, I had yellow blankets, yellow shirts, dresses, sweaters, sneakers, yellow sunflowers in my hair and on my pants…Here’s the proof:
My time in England fell into my yellow era and so did a very tragic love affair. When I left my beloved England and had to say good bye to the man I considered the love of my life at that time he told me that he’d think of me every time he’d see a sun flower. I have no clue whether he kept his promise or whether this was just another lie. I have become blissfully indifferent about his fate and views. One thing is sure though: If he saw me now he wouldn’t believe his eyes because of the total and utter lack of yellow in my wardrobe. After England, I started to wear lots of red and pink combined with grey and black. I still loved yellow but I slowly but surely started to eliminate it from my wardrobe. I am not sure why exactly I did this. Maybe, I needed a change (just like some women cut their hair after a life changing event?) or maybe I shouldn’t have gone to that color consultant who told me that yellow is not my color (that same woman suggested I should wear blue mascara…). I don’t know how and why I stopped wearing this color because I LOVE yellow. It’s my favorite color, it makes me happy and cheers me up.
When I read that there’d be a Yellow challenge I was sure I’d skip it because yellow doesn’t look good on me, right? And then I wanted to sew a t-shirt for the Reality challenge and really had trouble with finishing the neckline. I used black polka dot fabric and then I wanted to use some ribbing to finish the neckline and the sleeves. I have a small assortment of ribbing fabric that I keep for making pj’s for my little son. There was no pink or red in the ribbing stash (I would have picked this right away because combining black and red/pink has turned into a habit of mine). Dark green, maroon and navy didn’t work with the black polka dot knit, of course. But then, there was this lemon yellow ribbing left…hmmmm…. I thought: “Oh well, it’s just a muslin anyway,” and so I used the yellow ribbing. I am soooo glad I did this. I so love this t-shirt. Every time I wear it I feel happy and cheerful. It’s such a fun combination and so different from the colors I usually wear. So girls (and guys?), thanks to Sew Weekly, I officially announce the start of my second yellow era. From now on, I’ll buy yellow fabric again and incorporate my favorite color into my wardrobe. Here’s to the yellow era without a broken heart but with a wonderful husband and a cute little son.
⁃ Pattern: shirt: sewing pattern from a German Burda magazine (around 2005)
-Fabric: 1 yard of knit fabric from stash – was originally about 1.50 Dollar/yard. Plus a little bit of yellow ribbing from stash
⁃ Notions: none
⁃ Time to complete: 2.5 hours
⁃ First worn: On July 20.
⁃ Wear again? – Oh yes, all the time.
⁃ Total price: $1.50
PS: And here’s my Berlin bonus of the week. We managed to take the pics in our street and the very next street. I put this at the end of the posting so people who don’t care much for architecture don’t have to bother with the non-sewing stuff. I am a bit biased because I studied architecture for one semester before I realised that my maths skills are so poor that I really shouldn’t be allowed to construct houses. I still have a soft spot for beautiful buildings and interesting information about them. Sorry if I went a bit too much into detail. ;)