The idea of Pantone colours has slowly seeped into my consciousness over the past couple of years. Pantone is a company who declare themselves to be 'the world-renowned authority on color'. Each year, amongst numerous other things, they hold a two-day secret meeting to choose the 'Colour of the Year' for the following year. In 2013 the chosen colour was emerald green. A colour palette is designed around the main colour. This palette is then used by the fashion and other industries to plan and design their upcoming ranges.
|Pantone 2013 Spring Colours (source)|
Well, I can't resist a sewing competition, especially with such delicious colours to choose from. I love the muted colours from the palette and when I saw this chiffon incorporating hues of 'grayed jade' (14-6011), 'African violet' (16-3520) and highlights of 'Monaco blue' (19-3964), I knew it would be perfect. I also knew exactly which pattern I wanted to use - the tunic (No. 112) from Burdastyle 11/2012.
|Burdastyle magazine 11/2012|
|Vogue 1247 (Source)|
I made the top as a tunic style, according to the pattern. I decided to leave the pockets off as I knew I wanted to wear it tucked in for this outfit and they would add bulk in the wrong places. I will wear this as a tunic as well though. I decided to make the slit in the neckline less deep than in the pattern and leave it open at the top, omitting the button at the neckline. I prefer a more open neckline on me, especially on a top with sleeves.
I was careful with the finishing of the chiffon seams and used tissue paper (torn away after sewing) to sew the hem and cuffs so the fabric would hold its shape. I like the way the neckline and collar sit on this top.
The skirt was made exactly to the pattern except that I added 17cm in length as I was cutting it out. This seemed to be just about the right amount for me as my last version of this skirt was a tad short. The slight stretch in the fabric meant that I did need to take in the side seams a bit. It also made more of a challenge to sew the pockets and I kept getting puckers where the front yoke joined the lower skirt piece. Several attempts were needed for that section!
The back view.
|Truffle was beside himself being on a real farm....with real cows!|
So nice to get back to nature for a bit, not that I had much use for this outfit down there on the farm!
It's fun to dress up and pretend though :)
Voting in this contest will run from the 3rd to the 9th of May, 2013. There are some fab entries so get on over there! Oh yes, I found both fabrics on sale for $5/m each, so the entire outfit cost me less than $20.