Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Fall Palette Challenge - Garment #3
Fabric: Kona Cotton Sunflower Yellow
Styled with: Zoya shoes from Just Fab.
First, I have to say I am totally in love with the Peony pattern! The pattern sewed up so nicely and the instructions were amazingly clear. I pretty much started the actual sewing on Friday and had a finished dress other than the belt by Monday. I have another lined up already, in a black pique. The one thing I really want to change for this dress is the bodice facing. You have a facing which you tack down to the armholes but other than that pretty much hangs freely. I think I would prefer to line the bodice completely enclosing in all the darts and preventing the facing from potentially popping up.
I have to tell you I was somewhat skeptical of the fabric. This was initially an online purchase gone wrong. First they didn't have what I wanted in stock, and then when I went online to quickly pick out a substitute on my monitor the color looked like a nice buttery yellow. It was named Sunflower yellow, so if I had really paid attention I probably wouldn't have made the mistake. I ended up not using it for the intended pattern and added it to my somewhat small stash.
Since I am newer to sewing and on a budget I don't have an incredibly large stash, but when putting together my challenge ideas - I really tried to pick where I could from the stash and save the allotted spending money for must haves (like the new Colette patterns).
I realized Peony was a perfect match for this fabric because of the removable cummerbund style belt! The belt serves as a perfect way to tone down the yellow fabric. While pictured above you see only the yellow with and without a yellow belt. My plan is to make a chocolate brown and/or a black belt that can be worn with the dress to hopefully tone the look down some.
I am not completely convinced this dress will get a whole lot of wear. But I do work for a Solar Panel manufacturing company and yellow is one of our signature colors - so perhaps a great motivational work outfit?
(PS this was supposed to be tomorrow (Thursday's post) but I am putting it up early)