This week in the Sewciety studio, it’s all about saturation and color blocking! The idea was to create a 3 piece ensemble, featuring some of our most loved free sewing patterns, while also showcasing some of our favorite saturated colors of the season. We decided to go bold and have fun with mixing and matching an assortment of textures and colors.
Seeing bright pops of color on the runway for the 2022/2023 winter season gave us a lot of inspiration. From the fuchsia ensembles of Christopher John Rogers, to shades of chartreuse by Versace and Alexander McQueen, we are living for all the saturated looks on the runway! It makes sense though, that after the last few years so many of us want to express ourselves through vibrant playful colors. The desire to have fun with fashion is back!
The Ercilla Suit Blazer
We love any excuse to mix colors and textures, and when we saw this Dawn Candy Pink Featherwhale Cotton Corduroy we knew exactly what to do with it: make the blazer from the Ercilla Suit. The fabric makes this a wonderful transitional blazer as you move through the seasons. Taking the saturation assignment all the way, we lined it with our Margot Purple Polyester Lining for a fun peek-a-boo effect, which picks up the purple in the blouse! What two colors would you make this blazer in? For reference, I’m wearing a size 20.
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The Onella Blouse
We are serving up some 9 to 5 retro office-wear of our dreams with the Onella Blouse. I love how its 70’s inspired bow and puffed sleeves peek out of the Ercilla blazer. To break up the solid colors, we chose the Looking Vine Cotton Voile from our Mood Exclusive Citrus Collection. It was this print that we built the rest of the ensemble around! With hints of vibrant purple and blue accenting the green vines, it compliments the rest of the ensemble perfectly. Check out the Citrus Collection if you’re looking for more colorful patterns and inspiration – it’s one of my favorites! For reference, I am wearing a size 22.
The Liv Pants
Our Liv Pants was one of our most popular free sewing patterns in 2022, and so we simply couldn’t resist making them again! Although these 70’s inspired wide leg pants are already a statement, we really wanted to up the “wow” factor and turn them into something chic and luxurious. We chose the stunning Brooke Jolly Green Tencel Twill, with a high quality weight, buttery soft hand, and a silk-like drape. I omitted the belt loops and added 2” to the inseam to accommodate high heels, but these would look fantastic cropped too! We’re all thrilled with the finished result. These are hands down the most divine trousers I’ve ever worn, and I never want to take them off! For reference, I am wearing a size 24.
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Want to make your own saturated 3-piece ensemble but feel overwhelmed at all the fabulous choices? I recommend starting with a print, to use as a jumping off point. Our new Mood Exclusive Groove Collection is a great place to start! Use the colors in the print and incorporate them into the rest of the ensemble. Consider the texture and drape of the other pieces, mixing and matching as you go. I think this particular ensemble would look fabulous monochromatic and saturated, in your favorite color. I’d also love to see the Liv pants cropped above the ankles, and made out of our Mood Exclusive Lime Surf City Psychedelia Stretch Cotton Sateen. Since the print is a showstopper itself, I personally would keep the rest of the color families close. Take a look at a color wheel, choose two colors that are beside each other, and mix the hues together to find the combination for you! Omit the sleeves on the Onella Blouse, using our Premium Olive Silk Double Georgette to add some elegance. And for the Ercilla Suit Blazer, this Eirian Sefoam Polyester Shantung is the way to go, adding a little texture to the mix. What color would you use for the lining?