My good friend Vanessa is dotty over orange. The way I love aqua, she loves orange. I’ve been content to let her own that color for a good many years, but what with the pretty corals I keep coming across and the fact that coral is pretty much opposite aqua on the color wheel, I’ve been attempting to branch out from my #1 favorite color.
Enter this pretty peachy pink heathered poly cotton rayon knit from Harts Fabric. I bought it with some Christmas money and it’s been ageing in my stash as I’ve pondered how to do it justice.
Burdastyle 12/2009 has proved to be one of the better issues of Burda in my stash. While working on my motorcycle jacket, I kept coming to this pattern–a basic henley.
I love that it uses snaps instead of buttons, and I like the easy go with everything feel it has. I knew I had found my pattern for this pretty fabric. But I was less enchanted with the smallest size being a 36. I’ve made my peace with grading, but for such a basic top, I figured it really wasn’t worth my time to do so. So out came my TNT.
I traced the shoulder, armscye, neckline and a couple of inches below the armscye without cutting out anything yet on my tracing paper. I also quickly transferred the seamlines since Burda does not use them (and can I say how much easier that is than dealing with those monstrous 5/8″ things on Big 4 patterns?!) I superimposed that over the Burda tracing sheet and copied the neckline, and grabbed the CF placket, and boom. A complete graded pattern in 5 minutes. When it came to cutting out, I then just overlayed the tracing onto my TNT front, secured with pattern weights and cut away.
The top came together in 100 minutes (I’m timing myself for t-shirts now just for your benefit, readers). It typically takes me about 90 to sew up a t-shirt, but it took a little longer to hammer the snaps in. I wished I had added 1/4″ extra along the side seams. Because my TNT is based on a rayon lycra with a little more stretch than this fabric, it’s perhaps a bit more snug than it would otherwise be. I’ll give myself a little grace for that because this is the first time that I’ve used something other than rayon/lycra with my TNT.
But mostly, I love this color. Pure versions of colors can often wash out my fair skin. My solution to this has always been to gravitate towards pastels, but I often think that pastels can be ageing and dated. Thankfully, there have been a lot of heathered knits and chambrays that I’ve come across lately that do the same work of a pastel (mixing in white with a more pure color) but with a fresher, more textured, less Easter-egg look.
ETA: For more info on snaps (and because Julie asked):
How do you break out of color ruts that you find yourself in?
My full review of the top is here.
For you T-shirt Project followers, this is an unofficial entry. I’ll take another look at the henley at some point in the course of the project because it’s kind of an interesting shirt. Also, I love this one so much I’m so in for making another one. You’ll still find it in the Flickr page for the project. You can now click up at the top of the page to a special page just for the project, listing participants and a few other links. Enjoy!