Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Fall 2011's Color: Teal

I read it in the New York Times, so it's official: teal is the color of fall 2011.  I'm quite pleased by this "news" as I have a number of teal fabrics in my stash that I intend to sew up for fall.

The first is a deep, rich lightweight teal wool purchased at Mood 2 falls ago. 


I might use this to make an altered version of The Perfect Dress pattern (McCall's 5753, now sadly OOP), changing the skirt from a pencil to a flare, like this Elie Saab dress.  But in teal.

Elie Saab, Fall 2011 RTW, from style.com

My second teal textile is a thick Vera Wang boucle, purchased from fabric.com during its $1.95/yard sale last year.


I would like to make a collarless winter topcoat with this fabric, like the original Vera Wang coat this fabric was used for.  For this project I might use Burda 9-2011-103, from the new September issue, sans the tri-tier collar:

Burda 9-2011-103

Could we make teal the new black?  Really, what color won't teal work with?  It would happily marry brown, maroon, lavender, navy, mustard.  As proof I present to you this Lela Rose multi-color jacket/blouse/skirt combination, and rest my case:

Lela Rose, Fall 2011 RTW, from style.com

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Will you be at the New York City Shopping Day (via Pattern Review) this Saturday?  I am going to be a naughty bird and attend, despite having taken the train into the city for MPB Day two weekends ago, and despite having a bajillion things to do around the new house.  Both Metro Textiles and Elliot Berman, normally closed on the weekends, are opening especially for the group, and I just can't resist!

23 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Rachel - it will be good to see you on Saturday!

Amber Elayne said...

I love teal and love your blog! Win Win!

JoanneM said...

Love the dress. In teal it will be lovely!

AllisonC said...

Teal is a gorgeous colour, lets hope the New York Times view filters down to my fabric shopping haunts. Have fun on Saturday!

Sewtellme said...

So jealous you ladies are hanging out fabric shopping on Saturday!

toy said...

love teal, its goes so well with my favorite neutrals for fall, camel and brown I can't wait to see that coat

Eugenia said...

I love teal - it's a beautiful colour! Have a wonderful time on Saturday - looking forward to seeing what you buy.

Shelly said...

I'm a lover of teal too! I agree that it works with many colours. That dress will look so good in teal. Enjoy your day out on Saturday.

Becky said...

I love teal! It's the perfect compromise between blue and green, which are always fighting for dominance as my favorite colors anyway. And that last picture makes me smile, because I have a tentative plan for a teal pencil skirt anyway....at least, I have the fabric for said teal pencil skirt!

Alicia said...

In my world, teal is the color every year! So jealous of all you ladies that live on the East Coast and can go to NYC; the Midwest is a bit of a fabric wasteland....

McVal said...

That dress would be awesome in teal! I wish we had a Mood in Iowa... I'd volunteer to work there...

Clio said...

What good news! I love teal - its a great color!

Somehow I'm always out of the country for these shopping days, but if the hurricane prevents me from leaving town, I'll be there.

Ruthie said...

ooh teal - I like!!!!!!!!

Gail said...

I love teal - will it also be in style in Australia next autumn?

knottygnome said...

i do love teal and i have some lovely wool gabardine that would make a great fall skirt. thanks for the inspiration!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Teal is my absolute favorite color! I am so pleased it is in style. Or perhaps not, as it means everyone will be walking around looking like me!

I'm sure you've heard but just in case--the PR shopping day has been canceled due to the impending inclement weather.

Sophia said...

Teal is one of my favorite colors. I've actually had to stop myself from buying anymore! :)

Carolyn said...

Oh my gosh, that Lela Rose ensemble is stunning, isn't it? These are definitely colours that go together, and beautifully!
In answer to your question, the shirt is of dark olive linen, bought from a large fabric and home decorating chain store called Spotlight, here in Australia.

Rosy said...

I fell in love to the wonderful turquoise fabric intended for shelter .. OMG! Wonderful ... and, of course, love the dress, especially the skirt of the dress.

jason @ gold work embroidery said...

Let's hope teal news makes it across the pond then because I love it. And that combination in the photo - Mrs Jason wants it NOW!

littlecottondresses said...

I *love* teal and that Elie Saab dress is beautiful. Can't wait to see the result. No pressure!

Bella said...

That dress is gorgeous. And will be so wonderful in teal!!

I love teal; it combines my love of turquoise jewelry w/ my love of 50s green.

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