Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be up today on the Project Run + Play Pantone Party 2023 tour. Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva Magenta; an unconventional shade for an unconventional time.
From Pantone’s description, “Viva Magenta is brave and fearless, a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative. This year’s Color of The Year is powerful and empowering. It is an animated red that revels in pure joy, encouraging experimentation and self-expression without restraint, an electrifying, and a boundless shade that is manifesting as a stand-out statement. PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta welcomes anyone and everyone with the same verve for life and rebellious spirit. It is a color that is audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all.”
The meaning behind the color symbolizes a lot for our family, as our daughter is in the beginning stages of entering high school, and lots of talks about growth, owning and loving who you are, and being true to yourself are being had lately in our house. I was a bit reluctant to commit to this project this round, not only due to my hectic schedule, but mainly because she isn’t usually one for wearing pinks. After browsing the site, we chose “Irregularity Magenta cotton and A New Grid cotton voile to jumpstart the look. I then chose coordinating jersey knit solids in Hot Pink with accents of Strawberry Kiss, Graphite, and Tin Tin. Though the fabrics we chose from Art Gallery Fabrics weren’t quite as red toned as Viva Magenta is, we were excited, nonetheless, at the prospect of creating new wardrobe pieces with bright colors that are reflective of who my daughter is in the moment.
I’ll admit. Picking fabric online, while having to decide what to make isn’t my strong suit. I find it wayyyy hard to commit to something beforehand, which is exactly what happened this time around. I had visions of recreating the tiered skirt I made for my daughter during my season at PRP, but once the fabric arrived here, it just wasn’t what I saw anymore. We chit chatted about styles, browsed patterns for ideas, and ultimately, I allowed my daughter to choose what she would happily wear.
The first look features the High Waisted Pleated Skirt* from Ellie and Mac in A New Grid cotton voile. Y’all, this fabric was soooo dreamy to work with. I really love the drape and hand of it, it was very easy to sew, and pressed so nice and crisp! I had never worked with voile before this time, but I envision so many possibilities for future spring/summer dresses in this base. I paired it with the High Hopes Dolman*, also from Ellie and Mac, modified to be a cold shoulder pullover in Hot Pink jersey with all the other colors as sleeve strap accents, as well as color blocked sleeve cuffs and waistband (which is tucked in so you can’t see it anyway lol). My daughter loves this entire combo and I think it really suits her. She can’t wait to wear it to school next week after mid-year break is over.
The second look features A New Grid, again, in this blouse using McCall’s M8295. It was really hard to find a pattern for a shirt that I could make in woven that wasn’t overly boxy or flared, but didn’t have buttons or any fussy closures to deal with. My kids don’t like dealing with them, and won’t wear tops that aren’t knit unless I force them…we know how that goes 😉 I bought this pattern on a whim, fingers crossed that my daughter would love it…and sure enough, after I asked her to try it on, she wanted to wear it for the day. #winning To complete the look, I whipped up this adorable Van Gogh Bag from the Project Run + Play shop with the last of the voile and the Irregularity Magenta cotton. The pants are some lightweight linen/rayon blend pants from Target. ( I’d love a sewing lead if anyone can recommend a pattern for something similar…ya know…for all that voile I wanna buy lol!)
I’m so thrilled to have gotten the chance to share with y’all again, and have loved seeing all of the other designers’ interpretations and realizations of Viva Magenta! Stop by the Project Run + Play blog to check them out, if you haven’t already.
A BIG THANK YOU to Art Gallery Fabrics for sponsoring the fabrics used in this project, and thanks to Project Run + Play for hosting!
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