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Favorite color

2012 April 12
by elizabeth_admin

Just popping in to say that I am pretty busy socially these days and haven’t sat in front of my machines since making my skirt last weekend.  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been thinking about sewing or buying fabric on-line though.  Because as you all know: if you can’t sew, buy fabric to scratch the sewing itch.  Right?  😉  

Last week I posted on Facebook how I have searched the interwebs high and low for either a cotton twill or cotton sateen in kelly green.  Besides purple, it’s my favorite color to wear.  It looks fantastic with my skin tones.  But you wouldn’t know I like to wear that color because I don’t have anything kelly green in my wardrobe.  Why you ask?  Well, the fashion gods don’t seem to deem it a wearable or fashionable color all too often.  I have never found a piece of kelly green RTW clothing once.   And I’ve been looking since the 1980’s.  That’s a long time my friends.  Well, now that I sew and can sew whatever I want, I got it into my head that I want, nay need, a kelly green skirt for the summer.  But not one online fabric store had exactly what I wanted.  If it was kelly green, it wasn’t bottom weight.  If it was a twill or sateen, it wasn’t the right green.  I had just about given up my quest when I posted on Facebook how futile my search had been. 

And that’s when the magic happened.  One of my sewing friends, Martha, posted a link to Apple Annie Fabrics, an online and brick and mortar store in Massachusetts of which I was completely unaware.  I’m doomed; I keep finding more fabric stores.  And then that’s when I saw it, the holy grail…



A kelly green cotton sateen with 3% lycra.  Can it get anymore perfect than that????

Oh and Claudine offered to dye with me too!  We are planning to get together next month and our kids will tie-dye.  It’s gonna be epic!  I love my sewing friends.  What a great and helpful bunch, all of them.

But back to the topic of the color green, can anyone tell me why kelly green or most any kind of green except for pea green is not a popular color for the fashion industry?  Why????  A kelly green loving girl wants to know.   Is there some stigma about green of which I am unaware?  Is it an unlucky color?  I just don’t get it.  It’s so pretty.

Do you have a favorite color that you don’t wear?  If so, why?

19 Responses leave one →
  1. April 12, 2012

    Ooh, dyeing with kids is so much fun. I did it at home with my daughter and her friends when she was the age of Jack and Claudine’s kids. I volunteered to teach a Girl Scout troop and her 2nd grade class. See the results and tips.

  2. Sara permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I have one button-up sleeveless blouse in that color and I also love it. I have green eyes and it really brings them out.

  3. April 12, 2012

    I also look good in kelly green but it’s true: outside of American Apparel, where they carry every color but the clothes suck, it’s not easy to find, even for men. Preppy stores carry it sometimes. You might try shopping in Fairfield County… 😉

  4. April 12, 2012

    I totally understand! Orange (particularly a bright reddish orange) is my very favorite color and – despite the current trend – it really doesn’t come around all that often either. And I was shocked to learn on Peter’s blog how much some of the commenters hate my beloved favorite! So, I’m in orange shopping/stashing overdrive this season.

    My advice: If you like the green fabric, order loads! Fabric doesn’t go bad. 😉 And then you can sew up something in your favorite color any time you want!

    Oh! And green and purple are a fantastic combination!

  5. April 12, 2012

    I like this color too! Although I am not as adventurous as to which colors I will wear on my bottom half… Though I have noticed a lot of colorful pants lately and have been toying with the idea of making some myself. Probably those of us with less adventurous tastes in pants make colorful bottom weight material less profitable for the fabric producers. Although I have been known to use cotton sateen for dresses and jackets too… so yeah, why isn’t there more kelly green fabric?

  6. April 12, 2012

    I feel your pain, kelly green is a color I adore as well. I’ll have to check out this store to see if there’s anything else I “need” while I can’t sew.

  7. SusieR permalink
    April 12, 2012

    I adore orange. The brighter, the better. I rarely wear it. Looks like crap on me. But I love it on everything else!

  8. Nancy permalink
    April 12, 2012

    RTW enabler: Charming Cardi from Talbot’s in what they call Cloverleaf, but I call kelly green (and I happen to be wearing it, so I’m pretty sure):

    If you search for “Cloverleaf” on their site, you will find several items in that color. In case you don’t want only to sew this color. (I feel vaguely guilty for suggesting RTW, as you make such lovely things, but…)

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 12, 2012

      I am not looking. I am not looking. I am not looking. 😉

  9. April 12, 2012

    I don’t wear nearly as much red as I might, considering how much I love the colour. One, my husband dislikes it as much as I like it (poopy man!), and two it really doesn’t seem to throw itself in front of me all that often, as clothes or fabric. Possibly because I spend so much of my shopping time in the clearance area, where good colours are few and far between…

    Good luck in your hunt for kelly green! And I agree with Clio—when you find it, stock up! 🙂

  10. April 12, 2012

    I wish I knew! I love this green too.
    I can’t wait to see your skirt. Maybe I will sew one, too and we can be leprechaun friends across the miles.
    I envy your proximity to Her Highness, Claudine.
    Have fun!

  11. Rosie permalink
    April 12, 2012

    This is a beautiful shade of green. I saw a RTW knit dress this afternoon in this color (maybe just a tad deeper). Now that you mention it, I have not seen fabrics in this color but I will keep an eye out for you. You are lucky to be meeting up with Claudine and I look forward to that post.

  12. April 12, 2012

    I agree with Clio buy way more than you need of this precious fabric because you WILL want another garment from it once you’ve made your skirt. I say 10 yards at least! Also buy a couple of yards of linen (5) and take with you to Claudine’s. You will love having 5 yards of linen in that precious color!

  13. April 13, 2012

    Funny that there’s always so much choice in blue but not in green. Green stretch cotton sateen sounds yummy.

  14. April 14, 2012

    Yes order the bolt(s), if your purse will allow, and dole it out to yourself from time to time else you’ll be covered head to toe! :o)

    I love burnt orange. That wonderful deep shade but it makes me look ill when worn by the face. Thinking about it I shall find some and make skirt / pants when I get to it on my list. As commented about bright pants are about at present and, well, why not. Also my daughter has hair that colour and she looks fanTAStic in it. OK, gotta find me some…..

  15. Sara permalink
    April 16, 2012

    I just bought a kelly green wool jacket at a vintage store recently. I’m really digging it, but depending on the context I do look a bit like I just came off the Masters Tournament winners’ circle.

    I think it’s one of those basic colors that can look too much like corporate garb — I also used to have a mustard-colored turtleneck that more than one person told me looked like I should be working for Century 21 as a realtor.

    But like I said, I’ve got the jacket and I’m wearing it all the same!

    • elizabeth_admin permalink*
      April 16, 2012

      Haha! It’s funny. I have always felt “alternative” on the inside, but think I dress “preppy” on the outside mostly. So if someone invites me to go play golf this summer, I will know why. 😉

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