Lately the early morning closet shuffle keeps reminding me that spring has to be on the way soon. Perhaps it’s the fact that it’s almost March, or perhaps I just can’t wait to wear my favorite ivory shoes again. They just look so lonely and obviously untouched at the back of the closet in a perfect pair, straight with heels together. But with the weather warming up, maybe it’s time to finish up a post I started to put together back in July of last year, before I had to replace my computer. A splash of summer blouse for winter’s wishful thinkings.
A while ago, sometime in 2013 or something, I had made plans for a collection. It was a mini line of ready-to-wear clothing mostly separates and all of it was bright and bold bordering on weird, simple yet playful. I remember naming it Pop’dArt! I made all the patterns, picked out some swatches, but never made any of it. In fact, the only piece that came to life was the culottes. I gave the pattern to my mother, which she adjusted a little. Mostly she changed the back waist band to match her actual waist measurement instead of keeping the back elastic I had planned. (Small amounts of elastic can make a big difference in fitting a variety of sizes, which is the whole point in ready-to-wear fashion.)
Here’s the super shoddy pin board I threw together of quick sketches and swatches.But at any rate, one of my favorite fabrics in this Pop’dArt! thing, was the multi-colored houndstooth knit I had found. It was just so lively and bright. I was kind of a little sad that I never got any, but I don’t usually buy knits unless I have a plan for them. I just don’t like designing for knits very much. But one day, once upon a time at Joannes became like every other time I go to the fabric store for something simple, like a zipper, where I always find something ELSE I just have to have for some reason or another when I saw it. I saw the multi colored houndstooth in the quilting section, and it was so happy and fun, and it was not a knit! I knew I wanted a blouse, and I chose some clear buttons that were cool on their own, but really would let joyous fabric show through and not compete with everything else going on with this print. Besides, how could I pick one color to make the buttons? The houndstooth is in like, 10 colors. I’d feel like I was playing favorites.
Although, back at home, the thread rainbow was pretty sweet. Hard to not play favorites now, ha ha. But I’m still going to use white thread for cohesion’s sake. Design time, sketch some sketches, Boom. We’re ready to go. A simple sleeveless button up with a tie bottom, couple darts, a full fold collar -summery, light, cheerful, easy. yes.