Thursday, April 21, 2016

Beautiful pink & blue version of the Patti Blouse - by Paganoonoo student Beckie

Beckie Simmie, Santa Rosa ASG with her version
of the Paganoonoo upcycle Patti Blouse Pattern.
Fantastic color blocking!

I had the pleasure of giving a class for the Santa Rosa, CA ASG group in March.

We had a great time creating Paganoonoo Patti Blouses

I am always amazed that when 10, 20, 50 people are making the same exact pattern the garments never look quite the same.
This is especially true for upcycled garments.  The Patti pattern uses 3 different dress shirts. Because the shirts are randomly chosen from anyone's closet, or a thrift store, the odds of creating the exact same shirt are astronomical (like winning the lottery).
Beckie Simmie, Santa Rosa ASG with her version
of the Paganoonoo upcycle Patti Blouse Pattern.
Fantastic color blocking!

To me part of the fun is finding colors and patterns that look great together. Our class agreed unanimously that Beckie won the color blocking prize.

Not only do the the colors look fabulous together, they compliment Beckie's hair and coloring.  

Beckie Simmie, Santa Rosa ASG with her version
of the Paganoonoo upcycle Patti Blouse Pattern.
Fantastic color blocking!
When selecting shirt colors keep in mind what colors look great on you.   Just because colors look great together doesn't mean they will look great on you. 

I look ill/awful in peach, yellowish brown, lime green, etc. but I shine in fire engine red. If you are uncertain, starting with your eye color is a safe bet.
Beckie made a few modifications from the pattern:

  • no front stripe
  • no front pocket
  • sleeve raised to just above the elbow
  • added a double collar
  • added a faux hankie
One other thing Beckie did very successfully is combine patterns.  The mix of a large non-uniform plaid & smaller plaid & tropical print could have been overwhelming but the excellent color matching creates harmony. She also created balance with that little touch of blue in the faux hankie in the pocket. I typically use the Judy Flower to do the same thing. The hankie worked just as well.  

Fantastic work Beckie, thank you for sharing with the rest of us!
Happy Upcycling!
 Michelle 

2 comments:

  1. I love this one. I want to make one using a medium-sized Peter Pan collar.
    But, seeing how the buttons are makes me think that this is from three women's blouses. Is that correct or did she do something to fix that ?

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  2. Hi A.C.,
    I believe the base shirt was a woman's shirt, not to sure about the others. For this pattern it works to mix men's and women's shirts.

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