Introducing…The “Look on the Bright Side” Dress

Last week’s Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette Challenge gave me the chance to experiment with some colors I hardly ever wear: yellow and orange. Solar Power and Tangerine Tango to be specific. I also experimented with lining a sleeveless bodice.

The "Look on the Bright Side" Dress

The "Look on the Bright Side" Dress

The "Look on the Bright Side" Dress

The dress debuted at The Sew Weekly on Saturday. Read more about it here.

Some of the gals were kind enough to give me some styling advice for this dress, as I was pretty stumped by its brightness. I tried to default to neutral accessories, but it just didn’t work. Then, I tried Veronica Darling and Kazz’s suggestion to style it with BLACK.

Enter: store-bought crocheted shrug, 2 yards of plaid chiffon from le stash (that may just get sewn into an infinity scarf), and a skinny black belt. With these add-ons, I just may have a rockable style for this neon spectacle.

The "Look on the Bright Side Dress" with Styling Option

I’m still easing into the colors though, so it’d be ideal to have a few more looks for this dress if it’s going to do more than just brighten up my closet.

What do you think? How would you style it?

Sewing Heroes of the Oscars Challenge

The creations from last week’s Oscars Challenge were some of the most creative yet. The Sew Weekly Contributors have blown me away with their talents. Those who are chosen by Mena for the daily spotlight are unanimous favorites, but there’s always a few that win the popular vote.

If there were award certificates at The Sew Weekly, we’d give them out for Miss Congeniality (gracefully surviving a sewing fiasco), Best Couture Sewing (every week someone devotes hours for hand-sewn touches), Funniest Construction Story (weekly sewing adventures are an untapped resource for stand up comedy material), Most Outrageous Fabric (lions and tigers and paisley, oh my!)….the list of awards would be a mile long. Until the Sew Weekly community organizes a celebration of its unsung heroes, I’ll give my own shout-outs here – which today will include a couple of daily spotlighters:

Loran’s Titanic-inspired outfit was spectacular! It was the daily spotlight feature for Friday and the best TGIF eye candy we could ask for. The lucky gal has a day job as a costume designer. Her talent is evident in this genius interpretation of the original suit worn by Rose in the movie.

Titanic inspired outfit by Loran

The "Rose arrives at the Titanic" dress by Loran

Kazz, our Australian style icon and Queen of street fashion photography, wowed us with her take on Annie Hall. Outfitted with former creations and a DIY brocade tie, Kazz made a pair of fantastic khakis that have inspired me to make my first trousers of the year. Her supermarket shopping photos were a riot!

Annie Hall inspired pants by Kazz

The Lost in the Supermarket Pants by Kazz

With the perfect balcony backdrop, Krista took us to Hollywood with her rendition of Maria’s dress from the musical, West Side Story. We all understood why it kicked off the week as Monday’s spotlight garment. Made in jersey (everyone was in awe of that fact) and embellished with a handmade petticoat, Rogue’s dress is a breath-taker. I am still a bit shy about sewing vintage patterns, but with examples like this firing me up, I won’t be for long ;-).

West Side Story inspired dress by Rogue

The "West Side Story" Maria Dress by Krista

Who cares about Oscar winners when you’ve got Seamstress Heroes of the blogosphere to worship and admire. Fly your (silk lined, hand-hemmed) capes proudly, ladies!