There's an unspoken fashion rule in this country that reserves brightly colorful clothes exclusively to young girls and summer beachwear. So if you aren't a girl, and/or it's winter, you'd look inappropriately dressed in anything other than neutral, pastel or solid colors. How unfair and sad is that?
As you can imagine, this is a problem for a color-loving person like me. While I'm not too wrapped up in the latest fashions, I do make an effort to look socially 'presentable' before I leave the house - even when that means sporting my gray hair defiantly in an area where gray hair is considered decidedly unfashionable.
Breaching the color-age/location fashion rule as well, though, would probably be too much for one person to pull off. Luckily, I live close enough to the beach that I can wear my colorful clothes whenever I like, and just call it 'beachwear'. Even when I'm not headed to the beach.
I had those days in mind, the days when I feel like wearing something colorful, when I bought the Patricia Tunic sewing pattern. It is a very interesting pattern, with clear and detailed instructions, and many features I liked:
(pictures from Patricia Tunic sewing pattern)
- it's a loosely fitted top - not at all baggy, but not tight-fitting either.
- seam allowances (included in the pattern) are 1/4", which in my experience is unusual for an American pattern, as they tend to be 5/8" - a scary fraction for someone used to the simple decimal metric system, and, frankly, a waste of fabric.
- it's a very easily customizable pattern, as precise indications are provided to make it in a variety of versions (anything from a long tunic to a short sleeve top) using either the solid or the contrasting fabric option.
It's the contrasting fabric option that drew me to this pattern, of course. If one single piece of colorful fabric is appealing on those color-craving days, two are ever better!
However, I'm not sure about my choice of contrasting fabrics: do they go together? Though I'd studied them for a good long time before actually sewing them, I'm not totally convinced about my match.
Still, they make very good, bright and colorful tops for the beach. And for anywhere else.