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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #455 on: October 29, 2009, 08:49:29 PM »
I went back an re-read Elizabeth's original concept. On that basis if my colours are
navy - neutral
teal - colour
purple - accent
ivory -  light neutral

I would end up with

navy trousers
navy top - a bit dark round my face - querying this maybe a teal top instead or do I then screw up how this is supposed to work?
ivory top (boring but very useful)
teal/purple stripe blouse
navy cardigan/waistcoat
teal jacket

My teal dress is therefore an extra

Have I got this right?

Am open to suggestions on how this should work whilst I sew up the dress.

(slightly edited because I was sounding pathetic lol)
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #456 on: October 29, 2009, 11:35:11 PM »
Ruthie, I love your teal, ivory, purple theme.  I'm not sure about adding navy to that, unless it is a color you think you will love.  If it were me, I would use purple as the neutral and add teal as a splash of color.  If  the purple is dark, it will work as a neutral.  Then it would be something like this:

purple trousers
purple jacket (I think you already have a teal jacket?)
ivory top
teal/purple stripe blouse
purple tone on tone waistcoat or cardigan (okay, in my head this is a lovely floral print in shades of purple, lol)

Add more teal in accessories, like a scarf.  Or add a teal top.  If you keep the mostly purple theme, you can add so many lovely colored blouses (like orange, lime green, red/violet, all opposite to purple on the color wheel) at a later time.

Now feel free to disregard this post ;)

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #457 on: October 30, 2009, 12:00:21 AM »
Ruthie, about your teal jacket you made previously (last SWAP?) I remember you said you didn't wear it. Was it the style or the colour? Just don't make something because it fits a "plan" make what you'll wear.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #458 on: October 30, 2009, 12:12:47 AM »
I like the purple idea, but wasn't sure if it was too crazy. I shall think a look in the fabric cupboard is needed to see what I have. The only purple I can think of is very dark and lightweight (dress fabric). I already own a purchased boiled wool jacket in purple.

The navy I am considering is very dark and looks nice with the teal and purple I think.

As to the previous teal jacket, no I have not kept it. The style (buttoned up with small collar) made me look boxy and the fit was very bad.

I have a piece of teal wool I could use, and a soft knit in teal which would be lovely as one of those cosy tops.
I also have lots of knits which could be extra tops so I have lots of options for November.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #459 on: October 30, 2009, 12:45:51 AM »
Ruthie, you know I love purple and have lots of experience wearing it.  It does work well as a neutral if it is a dark purple.  I think navy also needs to be quite dark to work well as a neutral, especially if you want it to go with purple.  The colour I am thinking of I refer to as Ink Navy and I call the shade of purple that works well as a neutral Ink Purple.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #460 on: October 30, 2009, 12:54:00 AM »
I already own a purchased boiled wool jacket in purple.

I would consider a purple that coordinates with the boiled wool jacket - if you like to wear the boiled wool jacket.

I am not unbiased on the subject of purple, however, it is my favorite color.  Several years ago I could wear purple 4 days in a row and not repeat a single item.  :smug:
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #461 on: October 30, 2009, 02:51:16 AM »
I love purple with orange!  In the right proportions, that is.  ;)

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #462 on: October 30, 2009, 03:14:08 AM »
I love purple with gold, especially here in Washington
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #463 on: October 30, 2009, 06:51:08 AM »
navy trousers
navy top - a bit dark round my face - querying this maybe a teal top instead or do I then screw up how this is supposed to work?
ivory top (boring but very useful)
teal/purple stripe blouse
navy cardigan/waistcoat
teal jacket

Ruthie, I was considering this this morning...  regarding the navy top, you could easily make it a print, particularly if it has teal in it.  I have a nice liberty print with teal and navy, I'm sure it's not the only one, maybe you could find one with all four colours even.  Then, the navy/navy/navy isn't so heavy -- you have a navy trousers and cardigan and a navy print top, with some lightness/colour near your face.  Or, treat the top and cardigan as a twinset, which is a very handy thing to have, IF you would wear navy. Would it be useful to treat the dress as a top?  Then you'd have a dress-jacket combo as well.  Although presumably not exactly the same colour.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #464 on: October 30, 2009, 11:43:33 PM »
Well the dress only needs hems but is otherwise done.



I have been thinking purple or navy, purple or navy for a few days and think probably navy.

reasons for this are
I have lots of the same ink blue shade in my stash, but not much purple
The navy is lovely with teal and turquoise
I could wear the navy to work more comfortably

Anyway late so must hit bed.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #465 on: October 31, 2009, 12:38:48 AM »
Great dress Ruthie - love the color and fabric - looks very good on!
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #466 on: October 31, 2009, 01:58:23 AM »
Ruthie, that is a great dress! 

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« Reply #467 on: October 31, 2009, 02:42:29 AM »
Ruthie, that dress is absolutely lovely!
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #468 on: October 31, 2009, 02:24:31 PM »
Ruthie, love, love, love your dress!  It is just lovely!  What is the pattern?
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #469 on: October 31, 2009, 02:44:09 PM »
Ruthie the dress is great - beautiful, feminine, modern.  And it'll look great with navy :-)

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #470 on: October 31, 2009, 03:23:20 PM »
NewLook 6423 is the pattern I used, but I lengthened it and altered the neckline finish.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #471 on: October 31, 2009, 03:27:09 PM »
Thanks Ruthie.  I like your neckline alteration.  Did you just add a wider band?

ETA:  I really like New Look patterns.  They are easy for work with, the paper is substantial, and the instructions are good.
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #472 on: October 31, 2009, 03:40:08 PM »
Janis,

Yes I added a band (cut 4" wide, finished about 1.5") instead of using the facings provided.
It really snugs the neckline in, which is a plus for a winter dress, but I wouldn't like for a summer version.
I guess you could cut the dress neckline down a bit before attaching the band.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #473 on: October 31, 2009, 08:50:29 PM »
I made my Bianca top yesterday - I really like that pattern - I'll add about 1/2 an inch to the arm width - it's snug.   I also finished my TJ jeans yesterday!  Today I'm working on the mixit shirt - I have it completed to the collar.  So far, so good, I'm really liking the way it is going together.  I'm using quilting cotton in a SW design - the colors are brown (matching pant suit and green TJ jeans) and green - matching all I've made so far!

"Sew", to date I've completed 1 brown pant suit, white top, brown stripe denim pants, green TJ jeans, denim blue TJ slacks, teal LH top = 7 garments.  There is no way I'm going to finish the Mixit shirt today - the college football game is on!! ;D ;D  I did try 4 new patterns of which I've been very pleased with 3 - the 4th is just "not me"!  Thanks to sewshopper for "introducing" me to the LH and the Mixit top!!
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #474 on: November 01, 2009, 12:24:49 AM »
Marcia, you are a sewing maniac, lol!  I wish I could keep up with you!  Congrats on getting so much done.  You have lots of new clothes to wear ;D

Well, FINALLY, here are pics of my next three items.  The jacket is the Loes Hinse Bolaro that I tailored a bit.  The pants are pleated and are from the September Burda Magazine.  The top is a Sandra Betzina.



ETA:  Boy, I can see why I never wear anything tucked in.  My high waist looks like it's hovering around my chin ::)
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #475 on: November 01, 2009, 12:31:00 AM »
Janis, your new outfit is very elegant....well done.
Marciae, wow congrats.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #476 on: November 01, 2009, 02:40:37 AM »
Janis, I really like your new outfit.  VERY attractive and well done. ;D
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #477 on: November 01, 2009, 02:41:59 AM »
Janis - nice outfit - looks good on you.
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #478 on: November 01, 2009, 09:08:05 AM »
Janis you look absolutely fabulous. I quite like the top tucked in you have a lovely slim waist and long legs.

Marcia that's a lot of sewing I am impressed and heartened. I have plans to basically make the equiv to a SWAP in November with 6 simple knit tops, 4 pairs of pants (probably all from the same pattern) and a collarless wool jacket (very simple style) this is all in shades of teal and navy as per my 'Inspired by the Sea' storyboard from September..

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #479 on: November 01, 2009, 11:22:25 AM »
I could wear the navy to work more comfortably
I think this is the best reason to pick navy.  I love the new dress, it is a great combination of style and fabric.
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #480 on: November 01, 2009, 07:08:27 PM »
You're absolutely gorgeous in your smart-looking outfit, Janis. Congratulations!

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #481 on: November 01, 2009, 09:53:50 PM »
Here's a stretch crushed velvet top I made from the HotPatterns cowl neck top. It's for parties basically, but will be warmer than those little sleeveless tops the stores always seem to have for some unknown reason. It's sticking with my 'Inspired by the Sea' theme, though Elizabeth may question if it is truly an essential wardrobe piece  ;)


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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #482 on: November 01, 2009, 10:08:14 PM »
Janis and Ruthie, nice looking garments.  I love the blue!  I am finishing up a black pair of Cruise pants, which will give me 5 pieces.  I will be taking off for a bit, but plan to get to one more pair of pants before the end of Nov.  Thanks everyone and keep on stitching, such fun to see all.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #483 on: November 01, 2009, 10:45:26 PM »
Wow, Ruthie, that's a wardrobe essential if I ever saw one!  How gorgeous is that!  It looks like a waterfall.  I am most impressed.

Janis your outfit is so classy!
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #484 on: November 01, 2009, 10:55:23 PM »
Gorgeous Ruthie and very sensible for wintertime parties.

I also never understood the skimpy party gear in stores at this time, but in the last place I lived, they kept the restaurants etc so warm that I had to strip off to short sleeves inside.

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« Reply #485 on: November 01, 2009, 11:08:36 PM »
Your top is wonderful, Ruthie!  It makes me think of moving water just looking at the photo.

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #486 on: November 01, 2009, 11:13:30 PM »
Ruthie - I love the top - gorgeous color - and extremely essential!!
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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #487 on: November 02, 2009, 03:53:31 AM »
I finished - sort of!

While I didn't finish the six pieces I planned, I have completed six garments for a 6-PAC!
1.  Tweed/boucle pencil skirt
2.  Tweed/boucle vest with dark purple trim
3.  Eggplant melton pencil skirt (started in March -- this started out as a high-waisted skirt -- all wrong for me.  I basically took it apart, re-cut the waist line, re-set the zipper, and refit the whole thing)
4.  Gray wool double knit long sleeve top
5.  Gray wool double knit cardigan, trimmed with tweed in pencil skirt
6.  Burgundy poly crepe dress (vintage 70's pattern)


These coordinate with the eggplant winter coat I made last year.  Yesterday, I bought a matching purple mock-turtle sweater.
I sewed the last buttons on the vest today. Will try to post pictures mid-week if time permits!

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Re: Six-piece autumn collection sew-along
« Reply #489 on: November 02, 2009, 04:27:05 AM »
Ruthie I love your new top, it's gorgeous! You have given me an idea for some black stretch velvet I've had in the stash for over 15 years, I never quite knew what I wanted to do with it ....

 

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