Project run and play Pantone party 2021!

When I was invited to take part in the Project run and play Pantone party I thought it sounded fun. Then I discovered this years colours are Ultimate grey and Illuminating yellow. I didn’t want to be left out. After all Bobbins and Buttons brand colours couldn’t be much closer!!

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

My starting point was to head over to Pantone and discover more about why they chose these colours:

“Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly”.

I love the reasons why they have chosen the colours. In our current uneasy global situation with the virus, a practical approach and positivity are probably both key to staying grounded. I couldn’t help thinking how this also underpins what sewing and my sewing business is all about for me. The foundation of sewing for me is practical, creating clothing for all the family for wearing and using in everyday life. Clothing that has been thoughtfully created with our own hands made with fabrics and materials of our choice. As sewers we often sew for others, sharing skills and giving is such a large part of the process. This along with the sense of well-being that sewing provides can be nicely summed up as sunny and friendly!

The Pantone write up conjured up images of  70’s sun-ray logos and positive slogan t-shirts also from the era. I decided to base my idea around this, using some of my most practical patterns as the blank canvas.

I used fabrics from my online shop to create my looks all of which are from my regular line selection.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

I made a coordinating set for my son. I used grey French terry fabric and grey stretch velvet which happily were the same grey and provided exactly the tonal effect I was after.  I used the George hoody pattern. Panelling the front into a simple sun-ray design, mixing the panels between the velvet and the French terry.

Pantone party 2021 from Bobbins and Buttons

I made my own applique design by downloading a 70’s font and used a plain yellow t-shirt weight jersey backed with interfacing to create the embellishment. I enjoyed creating this simple applique with its slightly wobbly edges! However I have been admiring the super slick and clean vinyl applications that embellish the George hoody that have been popping up on social media.  Mamemimo version just looks so good that I want to copy her idea! I think I may need to add a Cricut machine to my wish list.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

I used the same yellow jersey to line the hood.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

The top-stitching thread for the pockets matches the applique. There is more info on this below.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

I teamed the George hoody up with a matching pair of Joseph joggers.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

Top-stitching the knee panels was a happy experiment that worked. I really wanted heavy duty strong stitching….in yellow. However yellow top-stitching thread in the matching shade to my applique would not be possible to find. I played around with winding some regular sewing thread on to a bobbin and threading the machine with both threads. It worked really well. I filmed the making of these Joseph joggers as a sew along for my YouTube channel. The first part of the sewalong including all the tips for this top-stitch technique goes live on 26/3/21.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

I echoed the simple sun curve on one of the knee panels and followed the lines across to the second knee panel.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

Tad-ah… for my daughter I used the Becky skirt and the Lee t-shirt.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

For the t-shirt I traced the mirrored front pattern onto white jersey fabric and applied tear away backing to prevent the fabric from distorting when I added the embellishment. I drew a central line with chalk and then worked lines across in a star like shape. I machine couched a heavy silver thread onto the fabric before appliqueing the slogan on top.

I adapted the pattern slightly to have cuff bands instead of hemmed sleeves. Adding a contrast grey rib to both neck and sleeve.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

I made the Becky skirt in egg yolk yellow French terry

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

The Becky skirt is super quick and fun to make. It works so perfectly in French terry too.

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

This was such a fun project to work on and it has also been great to see what everyone else has been making. I hope you have enjoyed it too. Bring on more good vibes and the sunshine is coming!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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