As 2014 draws to a close and we look forward to 2015, I want to lighten things up by going to the other end of the color spectrum with ivory. I’m also adding gold for that all important sparkle and shine. The two colors together remind me of a glass of champagne. So get ready to say goodbye to the old and hello to the new and sewing an ivory and gold mini wardrobe. All fabrics are from Sew Much Fabric.
The Basic Fabric: Ivory 3-ply Sueded Silk
Ivory silk is demure and plays a great supporting role but don’t let it fool you it can be a star all by itself. In a supporting role, a t-shirt comes to mind. You can stick with a classic t-shirt (New Look 6025) or go with something with more design features (McCalls 6928). Kick it up a notch and make a shirtdress (Burda Style 10/2014 #116). It can do double duty for the office with a jacket but take the jacket off and switch to a pair of gold metallic sandals and you’re ready for a nice dinner. And for those that stay on top of the trends, a jumpsuit (Named-Ailakki Cross Front Jumpsuit) is a show stopper. Don’t forget with ivory you’ll need to add a lining.
The Trending Fabric: Satin-Victorian Gold
Satin is a holiday mainstay but it’s the gold color that is trending. What girl doesn’t like to twirl in a full pleated skirt (McCalls 6706) or a skirt with a peplum paired with the ivory silk t-shirt (Simplicity 1690)? And a flirty off shoulder dress (Vogue 1108) in gold satin is perfect for dancing the night away. To keep the chill at bay, a gold cropped jacket (Burda Style 3/2012 #107B) or a shoulder wrap would be a lovely choice to wear over the ivory silk dress or jumpsuit. You will surely add glamour to the room wearing this Victorian Gold Satin.
The Completer Fabric: Brocade-Gold/ Cream
At least once a year go all out and don some sparkle. The Gold/Cream Brocade will pull the Victorian Gold Satin and Ivory 3-ply sueded silk together. It’s reversible so you can choose the amount of sparkle you want to wear. Use all three fabrics to make a fabulous color blocked dress (Vogue 8944). Or just use the Gold/Cream Brocade and Victorian Gold Satin Dress (Butterick 5894) for a slimming affect. Add the ivory silk wrap to finish the look. Sometimes the weather is just too cold for a dress. A pair of brocade tuxedo pants (Burda Style 11/2013 #110A) are always a fashionable alternative for a party. Make a peplum top using the Victorian Gold Satin and add the ivory silk wrap. In the words of the late, great Liberace “I didn’t get dressed this way to go unnoticed!”