Spring 2012 Color Palette Swatches

I realized last night that the color swatches for the Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette blog post might be a bit small for some readers. So, here are the Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette for women and men in larger swatches.

Tangerine Tango color chipTangerine Tango Solar Power color chipSolar Power
Bellflower color chipBellflower Cabaret color chipCabaret
Sodalite Blue color chipSodalite Blue Margarita color chipMargarita
Sweet Lilac color chipSweet Lilac Cockatoo color chipCockatoo
Driftwood color chipDriftwood Starfish color chipStarfish
Dazzling Blue color chipDazzling Blue Vintage Khaki color chipVintage Khaki
Granita color chipGranita Hawaiian Ocean color chipHawaiian Ocean
Tradewinds color chipTradewinds Grass Green color chipGrass Green

Take-Along a Swatch Sheet

In case you’re someone who likes to take a guide along while shopping, here’s a downloadable Swatch Sheet that you can take with your to the fabric store. Note: Colors may not exactly match to Pantone or between your computer screen and the print out, due differences in color calibration of your computer and/or printer.

Enjoy! and Happy Sewing…in color!

Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette

Pantone Spring 2011 Color PaletteIt’s Fashion Week in New York and to kick it off Pantone has revealed the color palette for Spring 2012. Pantone invites us to Dance Into Spring with the Spring 2012 Fashion Color Forecast.

Pantone’s Spring 2012 Fashion Color Forecast reminds us that spring is a time of renewed energy, optimism and a promise of a brighter day. And color can help alter or sway a mood. This coming spring is a colorful palette of vivid brights, soft muted tones and fun-loving pastels.

Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette for Women

Pantone usually leads with the color palette for women. For a larger view of the palette, just click on the graphic.

Pantone Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette

Provocative Tangerine Tango, an enticing juicy orange, is a vivacious and appealing refresher to enliven anyone’s outlook this spring. Providing a jolt of energy, Solar Power radiates warmth and cheer.

Fanciful Bellflower, a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity. Scintillating and sexy, Cabaret is a sensual and intense rosy-red — an excellent choice for summer clothing and cosmetics.

Sodalite Blue, a classic maritime hue, brings order and calmness to mind. Like an anchor to a ship, this dependable shade works with every color in the palette. Cockatoo, a tactile blue-green, is sure to make your spirits soar. This unusual hue adds a whimsical touch to the palette and will surely make a statement this spring.

Margarita, a piquant yellow-green, lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. Reminiscent of a blossoming garden on an early spring morning, fragrant Sweet Lilac evokes the fresh scents of summer. This delicate pinkish lilac adds a touch of romance to any wardrobe.

Natural versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s brights. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel, and Starfish, a perfect warm summer neutral, complement all colors featured in this season’s top 10.

For an ultra-bold vibrant look this spring, try mixing Bellflower with Tangerine Tango and Cabaret. Combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Cockatoo for a subtle alternative, or combine Margarita with Sweet Lilac and Driftwood for a more practical variation. Solar Power is best juxtaposed with Sodalite Blue. For a safer bet, add a natural neutral like Starfish to the mix.

— Pantone Spring 2012 Color Palette Press Release

Pantone Men’s Spring 2012 Color Palette

Pantone Spring 2012 Men's Color Palette

Pantone’s Men’s Spring 2012 Color Palette is similar to the Women’s Color Palette, but a bit more “braver” and “bolder.”

“Spring and summer naturally evoke feelings of calm ocean waters and tranquil beach vacations. Vivid Hawaiian Ocean adds sparkle to any attire. Pair it with Dazzling Blue to lift basic blues to new heights.

Vintage Khaki, a timeless yet quintessential classic, is best paired with Granita, a full-bodied and robust deep red.

Breezy Tradewinds creates the perfect combination for spring with Dazzling Blue and Grass Green. This sporty yet classic golf green is sure to be a hit in active sportswear.”

Re-do It Design includes some interested interpretations to the color palettes when thinking in a color story. They look at it from a home decor view, but still very much applicable whether your considering your Spring 2012 wardrobe or making over your home.

Spring 2012 Fashion Color Palette Report

Download Pantone’s Color Report in .PDF with the designers’ influences and inspirations. The Pantone Color Report is filled with designer “must-have’s” and inspirational drawings. This year, Pantone also asked the designers what colorful item defined their style as a child. Fun and interesting to read what fashion design icons such as Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Caren Marc Valvo, Tracy Reese and others said.

Here’s a re-cap of the Spring 2012 Women’s and Men’s colors. What colors will you be using?

  • Tangerine Tango
  • Solar Power
  • Bellflower
  • Cabaret
  • Sodalite Blue
  • Margarita
  • Sweet Lilac
  • Cockatoo
  • Driftwood
  • Starfish
  • Dazzling Blue
  • Vintage Khaki
  • Granita
  • Hawaiian Ocean
  • Tradewinds
  • Grass Green

Still thinking Fall 2011? Here’s our blog post from Pantone’s Fall 2011 color report.

Image source: Pantone

Celebrate National Sewing Month!

National Sewing Month logoSeptember is here! On the one hand it means a melancholy feeling because summer is coming to an end and we’re heading to cooler temps. But on the other hand, September is a CELEBRATION OF SEWING! September is celebrated as National Sewing Month and is co-sponsored by the Sewing & Craft Alliance and the American Sewing Guild.

A Brief History of National Sewing Month

President Ronald Reagan signatureIn September 1982, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation #4976, declaring that September as National Sewing Month. The proclamation recognized the tens of millions of Americans home sewists and  “the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.” This was followed with successive annual proclamations by President Reagan during his terms. But in 2005, the request for a proclamation was not accommodated. However, even without a Presidential proclamation, September continued to be supported and promoted as National Sewing Month by various organizations.

In  2008, the American Sewing Guild joined forces with the Sewing & Craft Alliance to continue the promotion of National Sewing Month and provide a central location for the distribution of National Sewing Month information and materials to organizations, educators, sewing enthusiasts and anyone else interested in promoting and/or participating in activities for National Sewing Month.

Celebrate With Sewing: Sew For The Love Of It Contest

 Sew For the Love of It logoNational Sewing Month is celebrated with a contest to showcase and encourage sewing creativity and imagination. This year’s theme is “Sew For the LOVE of it!” 

The contest runs through September 30, 2011. Official rules and entry can be found on the National Sewing Month website. Here’s what you should be thinking:

“Show us what YOU love to sew! You choose the project, whether it’s an article of clothing, a toy, something for your home, an accessory, a quilt, or even an item for your car or boat. Whatever you decide to create, show your love with a within the project. It can be heart fabric, a pillow shaped like a heart, heart embroidery, heart-shaped pockets – it’s completely up to you. The item you enter must be hand-crafted and utilize fabric, thread and sewing machine and there MUST be a visible heart somewhere on the project itself. Whatever you choose to sew, just make sure we see the expression of your love of sewing!”

Think about using National Sewing Month in your neighborhood group challenge this month. If you have pictures, be sure to post them to the Members’ Projects album or email me to post them.

Follow National Sewing Month on Twitter

Twitter logo

The National Sewing Month is on Twitter, @sewingmonth. Watch their tweets for daily giveaways and tutorials posted to the National Sewing Month website.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, @sewchicago. Watch for our special National Sewing Month tweets with the hashtag “#NatSewMo”. We and other sewists around the Twitter-sphere are using the hashtag to share our enthusiasm for sewing!

Road-Trip Reading List

This week, the Material Girls NG in Long Grove asked themselves the question: You’re about to go on an RV trip with your spouse or other; and there is room for your sewing machine and a book for the trip. What one or two books would you take along? 

The variety of book titles and the topics of the book are a great example of the breadth of an American Sewing Guild neighborhood group. From pattern design and fit to embellishment and some very special books. Such fun! Thanks, Material Girls!

Pattern Design and Fitting

http://www.amazon.com/Fitting-Pattern-Alteration-Multi-Method-Selection/dp/1563677830/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303350178&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Fabulous-Fit-Speed-Fitting-Alteration/dp/1563673215/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303429881&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Fitting-Finesse-Nancy-Luedtke-Zieman/dp/0848714377/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303350448&sr=1-1

Half Scale Practice Pattern (Measuring from side-seam) from Conselle Institute of Image Management, “A 34-piece master set of basic and fashion patterns, rendered in half-scale, to be photocopied for use in practicing pattern alteration and flat-pattern design procedures before you carry them out in full scale.”

Creative

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Manipulating-Fabric-Colette-Wolff/dp/0801984963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303350570&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Applique-Basics-Beyond-Successful-Techniques/dp/1890621064/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303350616&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Fabric-Embellishing-Techniques-Step—step/dp/0981804039/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303350708&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Exploring-Textile-Editors-Creative-Publishing/dp/1589230485/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303350797&sr=1-1

Sewing Skills

http://www.amazon.com/More-Power-Sewing-Masters-Techniques/dp/0961561424/ref=tmm_other_title_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1303350885&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Sewn-Clothes-Threads-Magazine/dp/0942391829/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303351034&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/Fit-Fabric-Threads-Magazine/dp/0942391810/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303351075&sr=1-1

Ultra-Super-Special

http://www.amazon.com/All-About-Silk-Dictionary-Swatchbook/dp/096376120X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303351315&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/All-About-Cotton-Dictionary-Swatchbook/dp/0963761234/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303351315&sr=1-3

http://www.amazon.com/All-About-Wool-Dictionary-Swatchbook/dp/0963761226/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303351315&sr=1-2

Happy Reading and Happy Sewing!

Curve Master Presser Foot

Curve Master Presser Foot

Curve Master Presser Foot (Image source: The Colorful World of Sewing)

Yesterday, I replied to a tweep (Twitter peep) seeking advice if there was a presser foot that would make it easier to sew the curves in a Drunkard’s Path quilt. I suggested the sewist look into the a foot I had read about a foot called a Curve Master Presser Foot.

For those who aren’t familiar with quilt piecing, Drunkard’s Path is a mainstay design of historical quilting. The block is a simple two-piece block; the complexity is that it is a joined convex and concave seam. Much like a princess seam in garment sewing. And in both cases, you don’t want any puckering.

Curve Master Presser Foot

(Image source: Quilters Review)

About the Curve Master Presser Foot

Full disclosure: I’ve never used this presser foot, so the information is based on what I’ve been able to read. 

This presser foot is supposed to automatically put the ease in to the “mountain” curve, eliminating pinning. The guide is set for the quilter’s standard of a scant 1/4″, so if you’d have to grade your seam down on a garment…although I just finished a masterclass with Japanese designer Shingo Sato where we only used 1/4″ seams. I think the Curve Master Presser Foot may be my next presser foot purchase!

Here’s a video of how to use the Curve Master Presser Foot. If you’ve used this foot, leave a comment to let me know if you recommend this foot or not. Part of the fun and benefits of the American Sewing Guild is sharing information and experiences with other members, so please do leave a comment!

Stitch-n-Pitch with the Boys of Summer

baseballBaseball season has opened. The White Sox home opener is today; the Cubs opened at home last week. Baseball is the signal of warm weather. Do you go outside to enjoy the weather or do you stay inside from the sun and heat to continue sewing?

You can do both with Stitch N’ Pitch! Stitch N’ Pitch is the perfect outing for those (like ME!) who love baseball and the needlearts.

Stitch N Pitch logoStitchers of all kinds and all levels converge upon major and minor league games to sit and knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint. I can’t imagine bringing a pair of pants to mend or doing couture beading…hmmm, I wonder if I can get a needlefelting needle in?

On June 5, 2010 Stitch N’ Pitch set a new Guinness World Record for “Most People Crocheting Simultaneously” at Mets Citi-Field with 426 crocheters! Way to go!

Stitch N Pitch at the game

(Image source: Stitch N' Pitch; © Matt Linder)

Stitch N’ Pitch will be at U.S. Cellular Field to watch the White Sox on Sept. 10th, as informed by their tweet. No word yet of a Cubs date. Anyone want to join me in attending?

If you aren’t a big baseball fan or if you prefer a more relaxed setting, try a minor league team. Check Stitch N’ Pitch’s minor league team schedule to find one near you. If you’ve never been to a minor league game; it’s a much different atmosphere.

Free Pattern

Stitch N Pitch sock pattern

(Image source: Craftzine)

If you’re a knitter, Stitch N’ Pitch links to an online pattern on Craftzine to knit socks in your team’s colors. Or make them for a baseball fan that you know. Hint, hint: I’m a die-hard Dodgers fan! 😉

In the words of Harry Caray, “Lemme hear ya!…”

Sewing With Nancy

Sewing With Nancy

(Image source: Louisiana Public Broadcasting)

Did you know you can watch full episodes of Nancy Zieman’s Sewing With Nancy shows online? From the Wisconsin PBS Station. Yay public television!

 

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