Sunday, January 23, 2011

Colette Patterns Spring Palette Challenge

So, after much consideration and thought, I have decided to join the Colette Spring Palette Challenge. I had already put together a "plan of action" of getting my wardrobe spring/summer work ready. I put together an "inspirational board" though I don't know how much it has in common with what I actually want to sew. I am fairly sure about the Bella Pant from Burdastyle, however. I will be using the dusty grey denim from my stash to make those, and probably steal some buttons from my mother-in-law's massive stash. But as you will see in the pictures below, I am embracing the "florals and prints" of this season.

So, in no particular order:

1)Bella Pant in dusty grey denim
2)Colette's Crepe in the blue/grey floral
4)Liz Blouse out of the shabby chic white/pink/blue floral
3)New Look cropped jacket out of the cream/honeysuckle floral (view D)

The gold fabric is a silk jersey and I already have it laid out to make another TNT 3/4 sleeve cowl neck. I'll have enough left to make a tank in View A
of the New Look pattern. And I've already cut that same cowl neck out of this crazy silk charmeuse, but with butterfly sleeves. I adore this print, its pretty wild, but working with it makes my eyes cross in weird ways(also, its slippery). Hopefully it will have the same distracting effect to others when I wear it.

In other news, I did try on muslin #3 and it fit fairly well except I still needed more room in the bust. Le Sigh. The dress itself works into the palette but I don't think I'm going to try and count it. I was getting sick of it so its been set aside so I can whip up these TNT shirts come my next day off.

So I think that's my plan. Make a couple of shirts out of the work horse patterns and then I will start tracing and modifying the other patterns I plan on sewing up over this 10 week period. In the mean time I should probably do some studying for that 'professional life' of mine. You know, the one that pays the bills? That part might be taking some exciting turns soon. I don't know, we'll see.

In the mean time, STAY FABULOUS!


  1. You've got your work cut out for you. I am excited to see your finished garments. I considered creating a couple of sketches and a inspirational board to figure out my spring/summer clothes too, but working on my Project Runway portfolio might get in the way. Good luck with your wardrobe and don't forget to post pictures.

  2. Kelepso, I love what you are doing for the Project Runway challenge so you keep working on that! But don't be afraid to make at least one or two things for yourself because I have to say your menswear is awesome. We need more menswear designers!

    I set my sights high for the Spring Palette Challenge, but I think that's OK. Right now I'm making a dress for my little girl. Grandma made her a can-can underskirt for Christmas and I promised to make something to wear with it and one should never break promises made to children!

    (Also, my daughter is very photogenic so that will most likely provide adorable pictures)