This Fourth of July, I decided to go a bit less literal. I’ve tried the red, white ‘n blue route before, but the outfit usually ends up doomed to the costume section of my closet (there’s also a cow print skirt in there for when I have to audition for the role of Hooker With A Heart Of Gold). So when I saw this symphony of Italian stretch cotton color online at Mood Fabrics, I gleefully jumped into four yards of firecracker.
I had previously pounced on a double face neoprene as well, found in-store at Mood Fabrics NYC before my dash to Dallas. When the two met in my hotel room, sparks flew. One can never stand in the way of true love, especially when it possesses the overpowering personality of neon. I put the Do Not Disturb sign on the door and left them alone for awhile. The front desk received several complaints that day.
Chastised, Neon decided to show its chill side. The grey tone brought the noise level down just enough to make everyone happy. This split personality yardage was the perfect candidate for By Hand London’s newest (fabulous amazing holy cow) pattern, the Victoria blazer– lining and shell all in one!
Um, how amazing are those style lines?! And the fabric holds up beautifully, firm but with just enough drape– I think I need a dramatic cinched waist coat out of this stuff.
Let’s chat about the stretch cotton, we don’t want it to get jealous. This Italian can tell you, jealousy in a relationship is a killer. I’d snagged Simplicity 2212 on a Joann’s grab-every-blue-envelope-sale-run, and the stretch was perfect for the figure hugging curves. I spent a good five hours laying out my pattern pieces–although I knew I didn’t have enough to match up the print on this 14 piece pattern, I didn’t want any twinning going on.
Or any firecrackers exploding in the wrong areas. Mount Crackatoa is dangerous. Safety first, yo.
Happy Fourth to those stateside! May you be covered in color!