When I’m sewing for myself, it’s a toss-up whether the pattern or the fabric comes first. Some sewing patterns for women catch my eye immediately.
|Shocking! This is more red fabric
than I’ve ever owned—ever!
|Add a touch of linen, and I’m good to go.|
But—and I’m sue this is true for many of you as well—a lot of projects start with irresistible fabric. When I purchase yardage for “something” I try to find that “something” within a reasonable time frame—with “reasonable” being a fairly flexible term.
Among these fabrics, inspiring as they are, you will find no red fabric. None. I love red. I admire people who wear red. I have purchased red cookware for family members. I just don’t wear red well. And that’s putting it mildly. I look horrible in red. Maroon works. But red—true red—quite frankly makes me look like I’ve barely recovered from a bad case of the flu.
So imagine my surprise when I found myself with a collection of red cottons. (Why did I have these, you ask? They were mixed in with a bag of leftover quilting fabrics from the office.)
These red prints were truly glorious! The prints, the shading, the gold highlights—I loved it all. I knew a garment was out of the question, but I had to put them to use.
Looking through my “someday” collection, I found some lovely linen, vintage buttons, and plenty of tote patterns that will let me “do red” without soliciting get well cards from my nearest and dearest. Onward!
My love of these reds surprised me. I would never, ever have purchased them, but by working with them I’ll expand a few boundaries that I had drawn too firmly. A red blouse? Probably not. Bright red totes? I see them coming! It’s a whole new color world for me.
For other projects to inspire your love of sewing, check out the 2013 fall issue of Stitch magazine.
So, what color brings out the worst in you? How do you cope? Let us know!