Revisiting Red & Seafoam
Hey everyone! I don’t know about you, but this is about the time of year that I start really hankering for spring. I miss everything about it, especially the part about not freezing (it also doesn’t hurt that I’ve been stuck home for the past 3 days due to a really bad ice storm. Actually, I’m not complaining about that at all haha)! I’ve been trying to spring-ify my wardrobe just a little (maybe in hopes that it will make the season hurry up faster?), which means digging out all the colors I forgot about over the winter, as well as investing in some layers that can be added or removed as the weather changes.
One of my very favorite color combos to wear is red and seafoam green. Those of you experiencing déjà vu might recall that I made a similarly colored outfit for the Mood Sewing Network two years ago (also – has it really been 2 years?! Wow!). I really love those pants and I wish they still fit! Anyway, rather than alter the bejeezus out of them, I decided to make a new pair – with a different sort of red fabric, and a new seafoam top to go with. AND a collared shirt, because I am nothing if I don’t make everything in my life extra complicated.
For my red pants, I used this Fiesta Red stretch cotton twill and paired it up with the Ginger Jeans pattern. I love how it works for pants – there’s enough stretch to make them really fitted, but they’re still super comfortable! Word to the wise if you are ordering this fabric – Mood is NOT kidding when they call this fiesta red. It is a very very bright, almost neon red. It kind of reminds me of a neon coral, if that makes any sense. Definitely not a true lipstick red (such as with my cotton trousers that I made 2 years ago). Just a head’s up!
My seaform cardigan is a combination of this beach glass French terry and the Jenna Cardigan. I actually bought the French terry with no project in mind – other than matching it to the red stretch twill – as I’ve learned from experience that if you love French terry, you buy it the second it becomes available without asking any questions! So I bought two yards and just kind of draped it around myself for a couple of weeks before I settled on the cardigan. Initially, I wanted to make something more like a hoodie with it, but I’m happy with the cardi as I think it will work with more pieces from my closet. Plus, this stuff a bit beefier than other French terrys I’ve used, which lends itself well to the topstitching and button holes required for a cardigan.
Finally, I also made my collared shirt! Yeah buddy, when I go in – I go ALL in! This fabric is actually a lightweight polka dotted cotton seersucker (I bought it at the Mood NYC store last year, but here’s a similar piece online. Sold out, I’m sorry!). I had less than a yard as a remnant, and I was determined to make it work as a top. I used McCall’s 5803 (also out of print, sorry, I’m awful this month), and bit omitting the facings and using plain white cotton batiste bias strips for the arm holes and hem, I was just barely about to eek it out. The fabric is quite sheer – probably too cool to wear right now with this artic blast, but it will be lovely for summer (and in the meantime, the v-neck collar looks really nice under a sweater!).
I reckon we’ve still got a few more weeks until the weather even pretends to warm up, but at least I’ll be prepared for the sun when it does finally decide to stick around! Who else is dying for warmer weather? I’ve got cookouts and lazy river days to plan, man!