Rickrack Perfection in Classic Sewing Magazine

I am always delighted to find my issue of Classic Sewing Magazine in my mailbox, and the current issue is no exception.


My article in this issue includes the pattern for a sleeveless dress that has an exaggerated shoulder and an band around the waist.  There are 2 versions, 1 that has tiny rickrack trim, and another that has Madeira Applique’ embellishments.  The pattern is included with the magazine – a fun summer dress!

When I received my samples, I was in the middle of constructing another one for a friend of mine.  She has 2 little girls and grape and hot pink are the colors that are laying on my cutting board.

I was working on this dress (grape) and thinking about the hot pink version that I will be making.  I started thinking about the color yellow.  When I was little, my favorite color was yellow (remember when the happy face came out in the 70’s?).  While I still like yellow, I think that the color yellow can be a hard color to wear, especially as a solid.  As an accent color, though, yellow really shines!  It can ‘go’ with so many different colors!  I started playing with my gingham fat quarter squares to show you some examples:


This set of colors uses a bright yellow rickrack as an accent – grey, bright lime, orange, nautical, and red.


The next set continues with the bright yellow as well – royal, raspberry, turquoise, green, and black, in addition to the grape that I used in the dress above.

A soft yellow highlights these softer colors – pink, taffy, lilac, and sky blue.

When you start designing, especially if you want to make coordinating dresses, keep yellow in mind as your accent color – a great way to tie your outfits together.

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy!

Happy Stitching,


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