Yes, black is sleek and elegant.
|My other car|
Prestigious and authoritative.
|U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 2011|
|Robert Palmer and Addicted to Love Girls|
Or just plain sad.
|Six Feet Under|
I suspect we are all sticking with black because we think it goes with everything, hides stains, flatters our bodies, and hey, everyone else is wearing black. I do worry though that black is sucking the color out of our closets. Technically speaking, black isn't a color--it doesn't reflect light at all. In fact, it absorbs light. Does it stand to reason that if everyone in the city wore less black, then we'd be collectively reflecting more light, and thereby improving the mood, the atmosphere, even our personal interactions? What if, by wearing more color, we incited the next Age of Enlightenment? (Plus--pretty colors!)
Oh well, as I rage against the proverbial machine, I fire up the sewing machine, and out comes a black shirt for my darling Michael.
A beautiful, lightweight, loosely-woven linen with the characteristic slubs that give the fabric such wonderful texture. With the exception of the color (or non-color), this is exactly the fabric I wanted for a summer shirt. I still have dreams of the olive green linen I originally searched for. I found the black linen at H & M Fabrics on W. 39th Street just east of 8th Avenue--steps from the bus station. The cuffs, collar, and front facing are stabilized with a fusible woven interfacing.
The buttons are just plain old shirt buttons. I really wanted to snazz it up with little matte finished metal buttons. But "snazzy" got vetoed.
Negroni by Colette Patterns
Having never sewn a man's shirt before, I was completely reliant on the Colette pattern and its instructions. The pattern's illustrations and instructions were fantastic. Before reading through, I was intimidated by the challenge of making a nice crisp collar, patch pockets, and pocket flaps. The sleeve plackets scared me the most!
Since I wasn't free-styling the way I normally do, I had no trouble with these clear and well-illustrated instructions. Notice the back yoke--it comes out so neatly lined when constructed exactly as the pattern suggests--without any hand-stitching at all.
DJ Mary's Pick:
"Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" always makes me think of Michael. In this video, you'll see that Nina Simone was apparently born to sing it. So in honor of the Diva Nina, black-haired Michael, and black itself, color or not...