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Date: 1/1/14 9:21 AM

I'm making a jersey wool dress (Butterick B5559). I'd originally planned to make it sleeveless, giving me the option of wearing a top under it.

Someone else advised it would be much better with the sleeves option. If I did add sleeves, I would change them to 3/4 length. I have enough fabric to still add sleeves, and I can see from the reviews of this pattern people look great in both options.

With other dresses I've made without sleeves I've liked having the option of what to wear underneath. I know some people like to have more separate summer/winter wardrobes, but I find it useful to have more flexibility.

Speaking of seasons, how firmly do you stick to the whole seasonal colours thing? I tend to wear what picks my fancy. Are spring/summer etc colours worn in winter a no no, or is that more old fashioned now?

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Date: 1/1/14 9:44 AM

Just my two cents (worth every penny LOL) but I don't think B5559 is a style that would look good with a separate top underneath. Go for the 3/4 sleeves.

I didn't even know there were "seasonal" colors so I certainly don't abide by THOSE rules! I wear turquoise year round, same with brown and navy blue because that's what I have in my closet.

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Date: 1/1/14 9:57 AM

Wear what colors look great on YOU, then you will always look great no matter what season it is. It is (was) and old idea that said for example "you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day". That's pure nonsense! Your body coloring determines what colors you look great in, not the time of year it is. So 'color it up' and look and feel great year round!

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Date: 1/1/14 10:15 AM

I wear 3/4 sleeves most of the year, except in the hottest part of summer, although if I worked in an air conditioned building I'd wear them year round.

Where I live has 4 seasons but the winter is generally not very cold so much of my wardrobe is year round, or at least 3 season. And it's almost all black, charcoal, white, reds, and purples because that's what looks good on me. More than colors, prints and fabrics seem more seasonal to me --I wear floral cotton skirts March-early September but don't wear them in October even though October is fairly hot where I live. And I might wear denim in May, but never corduroy.
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Date: 1/1/14 11:41 AM

I'm with Pinkytoo, I think it screams to be a dress not a jumper. With the detailing on the front of the dress, it just seems too much to me to have a seperate top underneath going on too. If it were just a sheath dress, I could more easily see it as a jumper or dress.

I love 3/4 length sleeves. As for colors, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it, but I do see myself mixing in some lighter colors in the warm weather, as I otherwise gravitate towards darker, deeper colors. My fabrics vary more than the colors. However, I live in a temperate climate, so there's not a lot of variation to my wardrobe to begin with.

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Date: 1/2/14 5:07 AM

I think you could layer a top underneath it, but IMO it needs to be - a complementary colour (keeping the focus on the dress), slim knit sleeves, and with no distraction at the neckline. If the top competes with the dress it isn't going to work. If the pattern pieces allow, I'd complete the pintucks on the front & then baste the pieces together and try it with a few tops before making the final decision.


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Date: 1/2/14 7:56 AM

As to seasonal colors,I have mixed opinions. White linen and snow don't really go together, but white wool does. So the fabric type/weight has to match the season more than the color. Having said that, my hubby wears Hawaiian shirts every Friday and, quite frankly, he just looks silly in the snow in January!

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Date: 1/2/14 11:40 AM

As to the seasonal color thing, rust, pumpkin, dark browns, forest greens and golds look out of place in the summer and I tend to wear corals, peaches, khaki and limes in the warmer months.

Some colors I wear all year round, some are pretty seasonal. And fabric choice is a consideration, as well as style.

Now saying that, I don't stick hard and fast to the "summer" colors not being worn in the winter, but I do the other way around.

I also have prints I won't wear in the summer and vice versa, and I do rotate my wardrobe according to the catwalks/runways to a point, and in doing so there IS some cross over of both colors.

An example of this is I will wear dark brown until about Mid March (when I no longer wear jackets), and I'll wear peach until about the first of October (when I need a jacket more then I don't). And yes, I am one that doesn't wear white after Labor day, but I don't wear white at any time.

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