Thursday, August 1, 2013

Learning to Like Yellow


Yellow is a difficult color for me. I find myself naturally attracted to it, but aesthetically repulsed.
Alright, repulsed it the wrong word completely, but I'm having one of those "for lack of a better word" moments.
Yellow is bright, cheerful, happy, whimsical, and fresh. Yet, to me, it is also too bright, preppy, dated, and maybe a tad bit juvenile. Clearly, I've had a strange relationship with this color. While in Santa Cruz, I picked up a cropped cardigan from one of the thrift stores: a simple yellow knit with a crocheted back. It's slowly getting me to lighten up and enjoy it.

What I want to show you today is my current project, which doubles at my current attempt at learning to love yellow.

My idea for this dress was actually sparked listening to Azealia Banks one night. I think she's super rad all around: Her style, her voice, & her music. I was laying there bouncing my head, listening to her and sketching when I started thinking about how gorgeous she would look in yellow. & I admit, I began to get a lil' jelly.

Originally, this design started out as a boat neck, but I still want to perfect my sweetheart bodice top pattern, so I used that instead of drafting a new one. I'll get to the boat neck one day.
Because I wasn't sure if this dress would turn out, and because of my hesitation with yellow, I bought some cheap cotton broadcloth for this project.

Now, technically, all I need to finish on this dress is the hem. But after sleeping on it last night, I've decided to do some additional designing near the hem.

Here's what I've got so far (No laughing it's an odd work in progress!!):

disregard the daisies..

Bodice Back

Not my best lapped zipper..
I don't recall this zipper being as tricky last time, I'll probably end up taking it out and redoing it, but for the sake of fit, I've left it in for now. Speaking of fit, the only places that need adjustments are the darts at the waist by 1/4" or even 1/2" if I wanted a tight fit.

Well, here's what I've been working on for the last week...and it's still going! I probably would have finished it on my day off, but I had house guests for the last few days and there is not a lot of room to sew and entertain haha!
I hope everyone is having a lovely week! Now, I'm off to find some trim, and breakfast!


  1. I have the same aversion to Pink. I find it too girly and its been ruined even more by those ditzy girls who insist everything they own to be pink! but im trying to come round to it as well
    Lovely work on the dress anyway! I think yellow is a lovely colour and is also complimentary to purple!

    1. Oh no! I'm definitely one of those girls who can over do it with the pink...but it's more with my accessories. I tend to gravitate towards blues and black background floral prints..
      I do want to incorporate purple into the dress, I just haven't found what I'm looking for exactly..

  2. I kind of love the daisies!

    And lapped zippers... I just had a near-nightmare with one, though I do them all the time. I don't know why it was so hard for me but I kept wishing I had an invisible zipper. Sometimes it's just the fabric that doesn't cooperate with zippers.

    Do you hand-baste yours? I do with all of mine and it seems to help. Can't wait to see this dress on you! It's pretty!

    1. Do you? To be honest, I really like 'em, but everyone I run it by doesn't! Although, I should try to keep designing/sewing to myself, you know? I'll probably sprinkle a few around after I figure out what I want to line it with....white or yellow?
      I just saved a Craftsy class all about zippers! The instructor spends about 1-20 on that zipper type alone, so hopefully I'll pick up a tip or two :)
      I did hand baste that one, but I might have been a little tired cause it totally came out
      But thank you, I can't wait to post the finished project!