Soooo beyond excited to announce that I’m collaborating with some amazing makers for a month of #SewHappyColor! Over the next few weeks, our fearless leader, Katie Kortman will be chatting about topics like color theory and creative ways to play with color in your sewing and styling. Each week this month will cover different colors, which I hope to blog about each week as well!
There’s going to be a few giveaways each week, so make sure to be on the look out for more information on how you can score some fun notions, gift cards, fabric, patterns and more!
I’ll be sharing the different ways I bring color to my wardrobe – in both casual daytime looks and more dressy ~elevated~ looks. It’s no secret that I love playing with bright fun prints, so this month was pretty dang easy to brainstorm for! I’ve loved browsing through fabrics and even going through my stash for ideas 🙂 Some garments I’ve made up for the first time, and other looks have been buried in my closet but just never photographed! Some plans are in the works for hand painting and dyeing some fabrics as well… stay tuned!
This first week is focused on pinks and reds – which is the perfect way to kick off the month, in my opinion (is it obvious that one of my favorite holidays is Valentine’s Day?).
I usually lean towards fun prints so this time I decided to go with a magenta solid poplin. I picked up this fabric from High Fashion Fabrics located in the Midtown area of Houston, Texas. I would definitely check this store out if you’re in town! They definitely have more upscale type fabrics, but the place is chockful of dressforms with stunning dresses on to inspire you. There’s quite the variety of customers as well, from moms and daughters searching for fabric for a prom dress, to seamstresses who do this for a living! Every time I go in there, I find something new and I always pick up a few remnants to
expand my fabric stash experiment with.
Pattern: Very Easy Vogue 9259
Fabric: magenta poplin from High Fashion Fabrics
Time: 6-8 hours
Skills: lining, facing, pleats, inserting a zipper, gathering, and inserting pockets
Changes: I may have the cut the bodice or gathered the fabric incorrectly, resulting in a very loose fitting bodice that gaped at my underarms. To fix this, I free handed darts that helped mold to the curve of my bust. Other bloggers/instagram folks didn’t mention having to make this change so it might have been just my mistake! I think if you went for a stretchier fabric it would conform to the body a little better. Otherwise, I made no changes to the waistband or the pants!
Final Thoughts: For the amount of effort put into making this dress, the results are stunning! I love the dramatic look of the bodice, along with the surprise of the wide legged jumpsuit. The pockets are the perfect touch and give you a place to put your hands when you’re trying to pose for photos! The entire jumpsuit is definitely more comfortable than I thought it would be, given how glamorous it looks in person. I think I would choose a different fabric the next time I make it – one with a little more drape or maybe even a jersey. I also eventually hope to make the romper version as well!
Are you more of a solids or a prints person? How do you bring color to your wardrobe?