I am an Autumn – what are you? Know what I mean? If you were around in the 80’s you might remember Carole Jackson’s book “Colour Me Beautiful”, or her book for men “Colour For Men”. I became slightly obsessed with this book.
I tagged along with Mum the day she went and had her colours done – waited outside in the car for an hour or two! They took one look at me and told me I was, like Mum an Autumn. She carried that little packed of swatches in her handbag for years – wonder if you still have it Mum?
I love that we still discuss whether this colour or that, is right for us. I bought a “lovely” pastel apricot skirt and jacket on the strength of it. I took it with a grain of salt when I started wearing black all the time – since then to now! But I do like to whip out a nice red, or a forest green, a lime or even an olive green, and I love kelly green. And kingfisher blue. But I feel depressed when I wear brown. And cream just doesn’t feel right. I did have a very pale yellow cardi for a while. Orange is fun – in small amounts but not all over. And my Dad used to hate the rust dressing gown Mum wore for about 20 years. It’s not science.
If you are interested – you might find this book at your local opshop/charity/goodwill shop. If you read it you can determine your own colours – it’s fun. I know now that I should not wear Grey, Pink, Aqua, Purple – and yet most of my friends are winters and they look amazing in these colours.
Have you had your colours “done”?
I hear its been updated – my friend told me she is a Clear Spring with Flair! What ever that is. A funny piece on the subject here
So when I heard about the Sew Weekly Autumn palette I knew I would have no trouble pulling something for it from the stash. This silk is a a rather recent addition and just cost a few dollars at a church fair that I frequent – I don’t love the print and all the yellow but I thought it would be a shame not to try and use this silk.
I also recently purchased this necklace which is 1940’s Celluloid Autumn Leaves – how perfect! Ebay again!
I seriously ran out of time to finish this garment. Since I’ve been back at work – I have not put much time in to sewing as I have had very stiff shoulders and a sore neck. I think the 6 weeks I had off I did a lot of sewing and it just caught up. I have had a couple of massages and even tried cupping (like Gwyneth Paltrow) at my local Chinese massage therapy place. You should see my back – it’s like the biggest outbreak of polka dot bruises ever.
I used New Look pattern 3691 which was very easy. I pleated this up and staystitched the neckline, leaving the arm holes unfinished. I threw some bias binding on the neck and it slipped and slid around, fine silk does that.
I think this silk is fairly old – probably from the 60’s – silk is vulnerable to light, heat and microbes. If you iron it on too high a heat setting, it may show no signs of damage at the time – but in time – the fabric will just perish and come apart.
So I was all ready for my photos outside in front of the Bougainvillea bush when the neighbour’s gardener turned up and started mowing next door – I was too embarrassed to go outside and get all posey, so I put another load of washing in the machine and rip, went the armhole!
Ah well, glad I didn’t waste my time finishing it beautifully, just to have it rip while I was wearing it at work! I have scrunched it up in a bag and will donate it and other fabric scraps to my local Preschool – where it will live on in the children’s artworks!