|My "Playground of the Pacific" Spring Palette|
(dress patterns at lower center courtesy Wade Laboissonniere,
Blueprints of Fashion: Home Sewing Patterns of the 1940s)
The palette I chose -- gold, blues, reds, and what I'm calling "sand" -- are vibrant colors (well, except for sand, but I like having a neutral in there to balance the others) that contrast my current dreary winter surroundings. Virginia has beautiful colors for most of the year, but in the winter everything seems so dull and grey, and not exactly inspiring. I need a punch of color, or 2 or 3 or 4! Really, just throw 'em all at me, I can take it.
I had 2 objects that really got me going on choosing a palette: a colorful magnet I picked up during my trip to Hawaii last fall and my grandfather's World War II U.S. Navy uniform that was sent to me a few weeks ago. He was a Seabee in the Navy, which means he was part of the construction force building barracades and ships, and one of the places he was stationed during the war was Oahu, Hawaii. I have amazing photos from his time there that he sent to my grandmother, some with notes on the back for her.
|Seabees, Oahu, HI (1945)|
The magnet has beautiful colors, and it reminds me of the stunning, almost unreal, colors of Hawaii. Oh, that sure sounds like a nice place to be right now! I even love the tagline "Playground of the Pacific" and am using that as the name of my palette. I plan to aim high and create a top paired with pants, and 3 dresses. I guess technically that would be only 4 garments because I'm working on the pants now as part of a sew-along, but you can't have a top without a bottom! Not on this blog anyway, no siree.
|Colors of Hawaii (photo by my talented sister!)|
I'd like to post photos of the Navy uniform pieces in a future post; I'm so thankful they managed to find their way to me after all these years, the first in my vintage collection and a very cherised one indeed.