The Winter Solstice is here, which means the days are at their shortest, the trees have lost their leaves, and for some reason my daffodils, tulips, and anemones are coming out to play.
At the start of last spring, I made it a goal to think ahead a season when planning my sewing projects. I wanted to use the seasonal colors chosen by Pantone as a guide since I figured they spend a lot more time thinking about color than I do. Instead, I mostly got lost in the world of online Sew-Alongs. I justified each deviation by telling myself that Sew-Alongs are like short sewing classes. You have a knowledgable instructor and make one garment from start to finish without cutting any corners. I think they’re perfect for someone learning to sew and wanting to acquire good habits from the start.
It’s hard to know what 2012 will hold for my sewing right now, but here I am again with next season’s colors as chosen by Pantone. Their theme: Dance into Spring. I plan to consider the neutrals Driftwood and Starfish as well as the blues Soladite Blue and Cockatoo early on in 2012 since they fit into my SWAP. And, while the pink Honeysuckle was the color of the year last year, 2012 shifts to the reddish orange Tangerine Tango. I have a bridesmaid’s dress in that color, and it photographs beautifully. Maybe some reddish orange cigarette pants are in my future?
As for the year as a whole, my goals include creating more go-to pieces with the SWAP 2012 and learning how to properly fit a garment and draft a simple pattern using Patternmaking for Fashion Design as my guide. The colors and fabrics that make it into my sewing will be the reddish orange cherry on top.
What do you think? Are you ready to dance into spring with these colors?