Patterns & fabrics – Palette Challenge SS 2012

I’ve finished planning my Colette Palette challenge !

After a close inspection of my wardrobe, I realized that I had quite a lot of summer linen pants, capris,… But not many tops to associate them with. That’s why I chose to make 3 tops for the challenge to fill the gap in my summer wardrobe. And two dresses, because in summer dresses are always so great and easy to wear !

So here is what I plan on sewing for the SS 2012 Palette Challenge :

Colette palette challenge

Projects for the Challenge


Reminder of my moodboard:

palette challenge summer spring 2012 colette

Palette challenge spring-summer 2012


Transparent black crepe (too transparent ^ ^).

Two prints purchased in India (at Kilol). They are in cotton, very soft, lightweight, hand-printed in Jaipur. I have some pictures of artisans printing fabric in Jaipur if you’re curious about the technique : you can see it there (on my French blog).

A red microfiber that feels like washed silk to the touch, veryyy soft.

The fabrics will go perfectly with this scarf, and for a good reason, it’s a dupatta that I bought along with the Indian fabrics.


tissus indiens

Indian print, microfiber, Indian print, crepe.



Dupatta inde




Of course you can choose any brand of patterns for the challenge, but chose I personally picked  only Colette patterns … With the stash that I have I thought it was about time that I put them to good use!

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Jasmine (I'll probably make it sleeveless)



sencha colette




Hazel dress (2012 collection)



Peony dress



Taffy (Pattern from the book "The Colette sewing handbook")

Honestly I’m pretty sure I won’t have the time to sew everything by June 10, because apart from the dress Peony I have not yet sewed any of the patterns. Which means I’ll have to make muslins for each of them and most likely adjustments. Anyway if it is not finished in time, no biggy, I’ll already have the projects planned for latter this summer.

Moodboard 2012 Palette challenge

Here is my moodboard and my colour palette For the “Spring-Summer 2012 palette Challenge” at Colette Patterns.

Palette challenge spring summer 2012

I picked these green and red colors as a starting point because I already had them in my fabric stash.

I’m in the mood for stripes, palazzo pants or butterfly pants (yes black even in summer) in a 70’s style.

There inevitably will be an Indian influence, because I intend to use fabrics purchased in Delhi. So there will be Indian prints. I’m not a print addict, I generally prefer solid colors so it might be a bit hard to manage this for me but it’s a challenge eh ^^.

This is not the most summery color combination but that’s what I want right now ! But, I promise,  I won’t use wool or fleece.

The collage is an inspiration, and not to be taken literally. I will never wear shoes with heels as high for example (I’m pretty sure I would fall before the second step).

Next week I’ll show you my projects choices : patterns and fabric.

Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge

To learn more about this Challenge check out Spring-Summer 2012 Palette Challenge 2012.