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Pantone's Color of the Year... Tangerine Tango! By DianeSev on 1/13/12 11:00 AM

Now that we are back to our regular schedules with the excitement of the holiday season behind us, many us have a list of New Year's resolutions in mind, and hopefully making more time to sew is at the top of your list. Well, I have exciting news for you if you are looking to brighten up your sewing projects. Pantone has announced the 2012 color of the year: Tangerine Tango!

Credit: Pantone LLC

Credit: Pantone LLC

As a vibrant color that is not just for spring, we will most definitely see Tangerine Tango transition into the fall. The color is a beautiful reddish, orange with deep undertones. Sewn out of a soft silk or satin and worn with black leather gloves, it is perfect for an elegant evening ensemble. For those that just want a little touch of color, consider adding the Tangerine Tango as a lace tank or cami underneath a rich, black jacket.

Pantone's Other Colors For Spring

Credit: Pantone LLC

If orange is not part of your color palette, judging by Pantone's spring color picks, you are going to have plenty of other strong colors from which to choose. I am definitely going to have to add a pair of white jeans to my spring and summer wardrobe, so I can enjoy some of these gorgeous colors. My personal favorites are the Cabaret and the Sodalite Blue, not worn together of course.

Combining Colors

And as if the Tangerine Tango isn't strong enough as a color on its own, you are going to see a combination of bright, mix-and-matched colors this spring. Color blocking continues its fashion streak, but not quite as subtly as we've seen it in the past. Paired with bright pinks and yellow, the Tangerine Tango color combination brings about a spirited, energetic vibe.

Browsing through some of the spring fashion shows, I am brought back to the Jackie O sheath dress but with a youthful twist. Just be cautious when you're mixing colors that you do not end up looking like a flashing neon sign. Here are a few tips:

  • Try to avoid wearing more than one neon color at a time.
  • Pair one bright color with a neutral such as black, white, cream, or brown.
  • There are different hues of each color. Make sure the color tone works with your skin coloring.

A Few Ideas To Add To Your Wardrobe

Sewing up a knit top out of one of these colors is a must, but what to wear it with? I will definitely be adding white to my wardrobe. White jeans, white shorts and white capris are top on my sewing list, in that order. Next, I'll add a color-blocked sheath dress with Tangerine Tango and black. I just hope it doesn't turn out looking like a pumpkin!

Some Dress Pattern Suggestions for Tangerine Tango

Vogue Patterns 8763 Misses' Dress

Vogue Patterns 8658 Misses' Tunic, Dress and Pants

Burda 7378 Dress

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Calama said... (2/1/12 8:30 AM) Reply
Went to the fabric store and picked up some cute fabric in what I thought was a shade of red. When I arrived home I realized that it was not red at all, but really orange. And then it dawned on me that it really looked very similar to tangerine tango! Ok, so I will be sewing in the color of 2012 soon... Just remains to be seen if this color does suit me. Love orange nonetheless.
ClioBklyn said... (1/17/12 11:08 AM) Reply
Wow! I must have terrible taste because 1 - tangerine tango is basically my favorite shade of my favorite color (yay, orange!) and 2 - I think cabaret and sodalite blue would be a fantastic and bold color combo. Or tangerine tango and sodalite blue (or navy) - MUCH better than pairing tt with black. LOL - to each their own!
nancy2001 said... (1/15/12 8:42 AM) Reply
Thanks for posting this. I'm entering a sewing contest, and just happen to have some fuschia (Caberet) fabric in my stash. The timing could not have been more perfect.
Sew4Fun said... (1/14/12 5:46 PM) Reply
Interesting! These are the exact colours we've had in the stores for the past four months for our southern hemisphere spring/summer. Spring started with that vibrant tangerine, then we graduated through the colours to Cockatoo, Driftwood and Starfish which have just finished in the stores for summer. The next instalment of Autumn colours are just beginning.

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