Very Peri Pantone Party

Monday, February 21, 2022

In the whirlwind that has characterized the start to 2022, did you catch the latest color announced by Pantone as the color of the year? It's Very Peri, "encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone." As a huge fan of lavender, I can appreciate Very Peri as a close cousin.  

With the announcement of the color of the year, Project Run + Play hosts an event that combines patterns from their shop with fabrics featuring the Pantone color theme. Last year, I participated in the Pantone Party featuring Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. This year, I was paired up with Goldie Olding Fabrics for my stop on the Very Peri Pantone Party Tour.

My kids reach for their soft knit wardrobe pieces 9 times out of 10, so that's where I focused my fabric and pattern search. After landing on the Violet Squiggle Bamboo French Terry, I knew it would be the perfect base for these pieces. The squiggles lean a little closer to the violet/red undertones, but it's close enough. As coordinates, I opted for Tangerine Bamboo French Terry and Black MicroModal and Supima Cotton Jersey. The tangerine comes across more coral in my opinion than what I would traditionally associate with tangerine. Once the fabrics arrived, I was a tad jealous that they wouldn't be for me. 

Avery basically lives in sweatshirts and joggers or leggings these days. With track practice starting, she also needs them for layering to and from the track. Keeping that in mind, I created a set using the Jingle Joggers and the Chromium Cropped Hoodie

Color blocking is my favorite way to customize any pattern, because it is simple to execute and makes a big impact. The Jingle Jogger pattern already includes the side stripe detail in the pattern, so I kept those as is. I love that the pattern includes a pocket option even when you make use of the stripe detail. Avery still fits in the size 12, but I needed to add 2 1/4" in length. As a result, I had to piece together a strip long enough to create the side stripe. Thankfully that squiggle fabric really disguises the seam!

The custom color blocking came into play with the Chromium Hoodie pattern. I split the front and back bodice into two pieces and the sleeves into three. a little contrast goes a long way, and I love the impact the tangerine has even though it's only a small section of the sleeve. I added 2 1/2" to the bodice for a slightly longer cropped length, then added cuffs to the sleeves that are not part of the original pattern. 

While the color blocking for the Chromium Hoodie was simple with straight lines, I knew I wanted a little something extra when it came to this Story Dress. Adding a rainbow arc employs the same techniques as a straight color block, but it's important to keep those seams lined up to avoid any waviness. 

Once again the contrast pieces are minimal but create a pop of color that adds a little extra to the overall look. Tandy is prone to eczema especially in the winter months, so she prefers nothing restrictive on her arms. The puffed lantern style sleeve meets her needs and provides an adorable silhouette. 

As you can see we had quite a bit of fun for our Pantone Party, and you can join too!

Here's how the Pantone Party sew along will work:

1. Sew something for kids with any shade of purple fabric.

2. Join the party by linking it up at Project Run + Play or using the hashtag #prppantoneparty2022 on Instagram or Facebook.
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