Rainbow challenge: Fabric

As promised earlier here is your introduction to the ‘colourful’ fabrics that will transform my wardrobe into something akin to Joseph’s technicolour dreamcoat!!

Without even paying too much attention you will have remarked that I have interpreted the colours fairly broadly and I am going very much the floral route for this challenge rather than the colour blocking route…..although there’s maybe an idea for my next project….

But, back to the challenge in hand. You may remember that I am aiming to make seven items of clothing over the course of the next few weeks, each item being based on a colour of the rainbow. Here I am showing the chosen fabrics. For some of them I have a rough idea of what I would like to make, for others I am for the moment pretty clueless so please feel free to let me know any thoughts you might have or ideas!

Step up RED. The red fabric is, after everything I have said above, a solid red wool fabric.Next, is ORANGE. Here I have two fabrics chosen – an orange and yellow floral printed Indian cotton and a solid orange cotton.The YELLOW place is held by this lovely yellow printed cotton which I bought some time ago . If I remember correctly it was designed by Liesl of Oliver and S fame for her first collection of fabric. For GREEN I have chosen the following Liberty cotton lawn. I never feel very comfortable in solid greens but I thought that this fabric could still take the GREEN place as you can see that the green leaves make up a good precentage of the print.BLUE. I love blues and have to confess that I had more than one fabric in the cupboard that could have taken this spot but I have chosen this cotton lawn, again by Liberty, as I love the drape and it has been in the cupboard for far too long.Following blue is INDIGO. Again a Liberty cotton lawn. The blue and violet colours in the photo below are pretty true to life but the brown seems to have become much more dominant in the photo than in reality where it is a much more retiring and less flashy muted brown.And, lastly VIOLET. Another cotton lawn from, well you can probably guess where from?? Yep, Liberty. {maybe I should have called this the Liberty challenge?}. This is their {in}famous Betsy pattern and I have been lusting after this print for a while so when I saw it for sale on ebay a couple of months ago I couldn’t help but snap it up.So there you have it. Those are the chosen fabrics. Next up will be the designs.

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Needed: Colour!

You may or may not have noticed but things have been a little monotone around here.

First there was the grey shirt dress, then the black and white dress, a black jacket, a grey hooded sweatshirt, a black and white skirt and a black, grey and white blouse. And that is not all. Hiding in the shadows have also been a lovely pair of black trousers (un paraded on this blog as yet because when I put them on to photograph them, after having already worn them more than a few times, the blasted zip decided to break leaving me stuck in the trousers. The only way out therefore was to cut myself out and although it pained me to ruin the trousers I figured it was still a better option than losing a leg…).

Anyway, the point of this post was not to moan about bl**dy zips, although there is a rant in me somewhere which might yet vent itself here in the future, but to lay out my plan for a bit of colourful sewing!

Black, white and grey are all very well but I feel the need for some brightness, some fun, in short, some COLOUR!!

At first I thought of planning a couple of bright tops to ease the gloom and then I had a look at the stash of fabric I have in the cupboard and my plans instantly bloomed into something highly ambitious and, of course, completely unrealistic!

After mulling it all over for a few days I have come up with a mini colour challenge for myself {I like challenges – or rather, I like the “list” process of having a certain number of items to make, choosing the fabric and then ticking things of the “list”}. Despite the fact that my recent sewing has been fairly grey my cupboard is in fact full of very colourful fabric and so I have come up with the rainbow challenge.

Over the next few weeks I am going to make 7 items in the different colours of the rainbow. Sounds fairly garish doesn’t it but don’t fear, I have taken a fairly broad view of the colours as you will see later today when I show you the fabrics I have chosen. I am also going to use this challenge to up my blogging a little too by bringing you posts on the planning {including showing you my croquis and sketches!} and the work in progress as well as, of course, the finished items.

So, I’ll be back later today to show off the fabrics and my plan for item 1. In the meantime I will leave you with a picture of a nearly finished item which started the colour ball rolling… altogether now….”somewhere over the rainbow…..”