Heart jersey love and a colour palette study

So this is yet another post about New Look 6016. I will be completely knit-weared out by the time we hit the runway. Although I do have to say that this is one of my favourite makes in this pattern. The fabric is just divine and the fit is great, even if I am not entirely sure it is the best colour for Miss Five (she of the newly gappy smile).

The fabric is a gorgeous remnant of heart jersey that I picked up at Tessuti Fabrics. I can’t quite remember what it is exactly. It feels a lot like viscose to me but I could be wrong. In any case, it is a drapey, delicious feeling fabric that is clearly great for dancing.

My modifications to the pattern:

  • graded up to a size 5
  • added 2cm to the length
  • lengthened sleeves by 1cm. I probably could have gone longer.
  • added a gathered skirt which I finished with a narrow hem on my serger

Having read a post by Busy Lizzie in Brizzy the other day, it got me thinking about colour palettes and what I should be dressing my daughters and myself in. She pointed me in the direction of Thewallinna and Other Creatures. I was interested to find that I fit pretty squarely into the Spring palette. It makes sense that I’ve never been able to walk past blues, turquoises and watermelon reds on the remnant table. Which is fine for me (and my two youngest daughters of the same fair skin and blue eyes). But out of habit, I think I am subconsciously choosing this palette for everyone in my family.


When Miss Five (and hubby too), based on her slightly coppery hair and warm complexion, belongs with an Autumn palette. There is a little bit of crossover but there are differences, even in the similar looking colours.

Which leads me to her second outfit of the day. The colours don’t fit her palette perfectly but they are much closer than her first outfit was and I think they showcase her skin and hair a little better for this reason. The photos were taken in the same spot, on the same day, and within five minutes of each other. Don’t you just love using your own children as guinea pigs?!
I’m going to start paying more attention to the colours I am using for this little girl. She has such striking colouring and sparkling green eyes, but I’ve always wondered why they showed up in some photos and not in others.
The pants were designed by me, using some of my pretty $10 chambray roll from Tessuti Fabrics. They are simple but comfy.



6 thoughts on “Heart jersey love and a colour palette study

  1. SewJillian

    Colour palettes, love them! I have read some posts lately about the same and as expected I am a total autumn too. But interestingly I think navy is a good colour for me. Not sure if the heart top is navy or black, but I think it looks great with her colouring. In fact I'd say the blue top at the bottom is actually a very cool blue and a warmer blue would work even better. Anywho, that's my 2 cents 🙂


  2. Debbie Iles

    I'm terrible…I only sewed that heart top last week and I can't remember if it was blue or black. I actually agree with you on navy, so I was surprised not to see it on the Autumn palette. It looks like many of the Autumn colours are slightly warmer hues of the Spring, none of which I have in my stash of course. But I do plan to start thinking about Autumn colours in future…'twill be my challenge, selfless stash accumulation!



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