An antidote to grey

…Is sometimes colour, and sometimes, more grey.

First, the grey. I’ve shown the fabrics for the latest shirt previously, but here they are assembled into the latest of three comfortable Hawaiian shirts. Grey, because that’s the background colour, even if they’re pretty colourful otherwise. Oh, and the hair, of course!

I’m showing the back first, because to be honest, it’s the more interesting side. At the top, the collar is a green batik on top. The underside is the same grey floral Kaffe Fassett fabric as on the yoke. I didn’t have quite enough length of the grey background lotus fabric for the back, so I added a strip of the front fabric to the top before cutting the back out. I think it works. The sleeves are also the lotus fabric, but cut a little shorter than the pattern dictates, as again, I didn’t quite have enough.

On the front, it’s the same scallop pattern as the strip on the back. The patch pocket on the front is the same fabric as the yoke, cut so that the flowers are nicely framed. All the fabrics are quite different, but they tie into each other in some way. The scallop fabric has lilac, blue and green, and touches of pink. The lotus fabric has grey, blue, lilac, pink and green, but in different proportions. The yoke fabric has grey, blue and pink, with some very small touches of a matching green.

It shouldn’t work, but it does.

And now for the colourful antidote: my new dupatta! I have always loved the combination of orange and pink, and while I was browsing Etsy recently, I discovered the most gorgeously juicy hot pink and burnt orange dupatta decorated with gold embroidery and a more complex decorative gold border.

It’s made of Banarasi (Benares) silk and is both light and cosy. it’s beautifully decorative and striking, whilst also being functional: sometimes I find air-conditioning a bit chilly for me while it suits other people. Plus it’s lavish enough to dress up a plain black or white tunic/t-shirt and pants combination. I just love having grey hair, it lets you wear stuff like this where my original mouse colouring would have receded and been overwhelmed.

So, despite the grey, overcast skies, the pouring sheets of rain and the misty veils of humidity, I have a radiant sun of lavish colour from Jaipur to light up my life!

Oh, and it’s getting really green outside!