Sunday, January 12, 2014

Black & White

I wear a lot of black.  I mean A Lot.  It started with all the travel 10 years ago.  

Then, about 2 years ago I decided to let my hair grow natural; i.e.,  gray.  I made that decision right after I renewed my passport that's good for 10 years.  Hmm.   But I've never looked back and no regrets.  

A wonderful result of this decision is that I now have a much narrower color palette!  This really simplifies life.  

Apparently B&W is now On Trend.  I think this is a first for me.  Usually,  I embrace a trend that appeals to me and by the time I get the pattern, fabric, and fitting issues ironed out, that trend has whizzed right by.  

Using black as a base, I now only buy & sew hot pink, true purple, red and royal blue.  And!  I mix them!  Yes, red and purple really do blend.  I've really liked doing the black/royal blue thing that's been en vogue--this was so easy for me as I already had the colors in my closet and stash.  

I like soft pink & baby blue, but tend to use them sparingly and more for night wear, etc. . 

No more dinking around with "safari" colors, Pantone Emerald Green or Tangerine Tango.  Yikes.  However!  The 2014 color is Radiant Orchid; much more promising.

A peek at the bulletin board in my sewing room--see, B&W have been on my radar for some time.:

Here's Vogue 8323 done up as a tunic in the fabulous Ponte I get here in UB.  

I think a simple FBA (just adding 1" in length to the front pieces--per Sanda Betzina's Fast Fit) needs to be done in the future.  In the meantime, The Husband thinks this is a winner.

I wear this top with black jeggings from Express.  I'm not sure this is my favorite look.  Since knee-high boots are my uniform here in UB in the winter, the look is OK.  As long as the tops are long enough.  (That age-appropriate thing ;) 

More B&W projects are on the cutting table, so stay tuned ;)

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