Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Parsley Pocket Skirt: PASS



Do you read the Pantone Fashion Color Report? Part fashion forecast, part consumer psychology report, it's like reading choice excerpts of a stylish magazine.

Pantone introduced deep teal in fall 2011. It wasn't the hottest color that season, or even the one I was most likely to wear, but suddenly I had to have it in my wardrobe. I bought a pair of white thrift store corduroy pants (egads!) and hit the RIT website for the color formula.

It turns out deep teal goes with almost NOTHING I own, but I wore those pants anyway until they were saggy and threadbare in the rear. I was just wondering what to do with them when I saw Rae's post about upcycled Parsley Pants. Hooray!

Unfortunately, my kid has outgrown the possibility of pants made from my cast-offs. When I realized there wasn't enough material, I told him I could make two-tone pants or a skirt. My son quickly quashed the color blocking idea. He said he wanted a skirt for himself. Deep teal still has a powerful draw.

My son calls this his "old fashioned farm outfit."
The finished skirt is straighter than is practical for an active kid (I added a side slit for running) and a bit bunchy in back. But I do love the Parsley Pants pockets with baby blue trim. (Why didn't I think to make a shirt that color when I still had the pants?) And though he didn't seem to enjoy wearing it as much as his proper Parsleys or his dress, my son says this skirt is a PASS.

What do you think of Pantone's colors for spring? So far none of them have overpowered me, but I have a new pair of rubber gloves for dying just in case.