Pattern Review Pantone Color Contest 2013

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I just wrote half of this post and it all got deleted! So I’m sorry if this post is now lacking in words…I don’t really want to write it in full all again!

I was motivated to enter my first online sewing contest because I absolutely love Pantone’s Spring Color palette. In particular, I really like the grayed jade which surprised me, since I usually HATE green. But this shade of green is just so springy, clean, and fresh and was the basis of my outfit.

P1colorsI bought stretch cotton twill in grayed jade with the intention of making it into a pair of Colette’s Clover pant. However, after making a muslin I realized that getting the pants to fit properly, it was going to be a major project (which surprised me given that Colette’s Iris shorts fit so great without alterations!).

So, it was back to the drawing board with my cotton twill which I definitely wanted to use for the outfit. Eventually, I decided that a jade blazer was going to be the most versatile garment I could make with the fabric. I ended up using McCall’s 6711, shown below.

M6711 Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 8.21.14 PMIt turned out to be very easy to make. I decided not to line it because I was running out of time and because I wasn’t sure whether I would like it in the end. Terrible decision. Halfway through, I realized that I liked the blazer and it fit well and that I needed to spend more time on the interior finishes – hence the bias tape on some of the interior seams.

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I finally learned how to use my blind hem foot (on the dress too) – turned out it wasn’t too terrible!

IMG_1416I already wore the blazer to a Macklemore concert on Friday with my favorite peplum top and got a few compliments.


Now that I had a blazer for the contest, I still had to make another garment and decided on BurdaStyle’s Sweetheart Dress (#116) which I fell in love with at first sight.

116_0413_B_large 116_technical_largeI searched online a LOT for the right fabric to make this dress. I knew I wanted a stretch cotton sateen that (obviously) incorporated the Pantone Colors. ¬†I intended on getting a floral print but couldn’t find suitable fabric and after a lot of time searching, I found two potential prints (shown below) from a vendor on Etsy called fabricsandtrimmings. They were GREAT – I ordered on Thursday and the fabric arrived Monday morning.

IMG_1435I decided on the mosaic print because it incorporated more of the Pantone colors and plus it was much more vibrant that the print on the left.

The dress came together pretty easily. I had to make a few alterations on the bodice

  • Shortened the bodice by 5/8″
  • Raised the neckline by 1″
  • Lowered the top of the bodice back by 1″
  • Removed 1.5″ from the top of the back bodice piece (which I tapered down to the waist which fit fine)

I decided to use the skirt that came with the pattern, although I don’t think it is the most flattering for me since I don’t have hips. I’ll definitely make the bodice again (fits SO comfortable) but will change the skirt.


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I only lined the top since I figured it would be a summer dress. The lining is some fabric I got for free from for ordering over $75. It’s actually pretty soft/comfortable.
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Same as blazer, I used my blind hem foot!

You can barely see it on the exterior!

IMG_1412Now for pictures of the extended photoshoot!

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As you can see from this picture, the pleats on the front in combination with a semi-stiff fabric look a little bizarre – not the most flattering angle.IMG_0020 IMG_0023 IMG_0025 IMG_0026 IMG_0027

This was me demonstrating that I’m not pregnant as the above picture may suggest.

Ruby joined the photoshoot!

IMG_0034 IMG_0035 IMG_0038All in all, I loved the challenge and I’m really really happy and proud of the outcome!

The tones of the picture might not completely match, but I can assure I spent a lot of time making sure to get the right colors!!

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  • Meigan

    Beautiful dress and Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous fabric!! Really I LOVE IT!

  • Claire

    I looove your dress! I’m working on this same pattern, and it’s awesome to see what other people are doing with it. That fabric is to die for!