Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Colour Blocked "Wear With All Jacket" How To

The Wear With All Jacket from Saf-T-Pockets Patterns is a lovely, classic, flattering style that anyone can wear with a skirt or pant. It is fully lined with zippered and inside pockets to free your hands from having to carry--and therefore worry about--your purse. View 2 has pieced fronts and sleeves originally designed to appeal to quilters. My immediate thought was that colour blocked in solid suiting was the smarter way to go. This is the original pattern illustration.

Before I committed my idea to fabric, I scanned the illustration into my photoshop computer program and removed all but the outline of the jacket. This is the outlined illustration.

When I looked at the fabric requirements on the back of the pattern envelope, it wasn't obvious to me where Fabrics 1, 2, 3 and 4 would be located on the jacket. So I looked at the pattern pieces, figured it out, and put the fabric numbers on the outline illustration.

I then started playing with colour placement until I found some that gave me the most balanced looked. Here is the result of that colour play. Click on the picture to see an enlarged view.

I chose to make the third version in charcoal, black, dove gray and plum in Astaire Suiting, which I carry in my online store. Here is the result.

I was also very tempted to make a Mondrian version a la Yves St Laurent by adding additional charcoal grey strips over the pieced seams.

I hope this has inspired you to look beyond the obvious when it comes to your pattern choices. If you don't have a computer program that helps with the process, old fashioned tracing and colouring is just as effective.

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