Quite a while ago someone sent me a lengthy email telling me that they loved my blog and the clothes I've sewn but the colours I use are all wrong for my complexion and hair/skin colouring. Apparently greys and black are all wrong for me, and I should be wearing warm colours instead, such as browns, creams or berry colours. The person who sent the email did leave her name (which I've since forgotten unfortunately), but the email landed in my junk folder. While I was considering whether to be offended to receive unrequested criticism, or to be flattered that someone would take the time to send me a thoughtful, detailed email of constructive criticism, the automatic clear out of my junk folder occurred and the email was deleted before I could respond.
For the record, I decided to be flattered and accepted the email as helpful advice, so to the lovely lady who took the time to email me - thank you! I think you're totally right about grey and maybe right about black, and while I can't bring myself to completely stop sewing with those colours I have made a concerted effort to introduce more colour into my stash.
I went out shopping to find some boyish knit fabrics to make some clothes for Toby but instead picked up some fabrics for myself instead. Totally unnecessary given the size of my stash but bought for the best reasons - they were on sale and they're pretty! First up I bought a few metres of lightweight cotton voile with a multi coloured diagonal stripe that I will make into a summer dress in a few months, possibly playing around with the direction of the stripes to create a chevron pattern (that will probably cause me a headache and a few tears creating!):
With a wrap dress in mind to make a breastfeeding friendly dress I bought this polyester knit that is a deep emerald green with a floral pattern in a navy blue. Sounds terrible doesn't it? I promise it looks better in real life than I captured in this photo:
And lastly I picked up this vibrant rayon print that has a teensy bit of dark grey, but also a bright fuchsia colour on white background. This will eventually become a dress, but no plans as yet (ie true stash material...).
I didn't manage to find any fabrics for Toby though - all I could see were fabrics with stripes, camouflage print or skull and cross bones which weren't really what I was after. Thank the internets for on line shopping though - www.craftymamas.com.au had some really cute fabrics on sale, plus I picked up another Ottobre kids magazine so I can't wait to start sewing some awesome little boy clothes.
Speaking of the little wombat, he is so strong that already at only 5 weeks he can hold his head up unsupported! I can see a little Bam Bam Flinstone in my future.....