what to make with it: rose quartz and serenity

At the beginning of December every year Pantone, the world’s authority on color, announces the “Color of the Year.” For 2015 they named Marsala and in 2014 it was Radiant Orchid. Just last week they delivered double the dose of excitement. For the first time Pantone picked two colors of the year: a soft pink called Rose Quartz and a muted blue called Serenity.


Oliver + S Roller Skate and Fairy Tale Dresses in Pantone Rose Quartz and Serenity


I think these colors will translate really well into sewing as these are two colors that are popular choices for children’s clothing. That’s good news for us!

As you’re planning your sewing projects this upcoming year, considering working with shades of Rose Quartz and Serenity. I’ve gathered fabrics inspired by the colors of the year and paired them with some Oliver + S patterns. Just some ideas to show how really easy it can be.

1) It’s twins! Be inspired by the pair of sweet pastels by trying Liesl’s soft pink print from her Woodland Clearing collection or a blue gingham both of which would make a darling Lullaby Layette.


Oliver + S Lullaby Layette in Rose Quartz and Serenity


2) The Roller Skate Dress would do a fantastic job of showing off this gorgeous geometric cotton voile.


Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress in Rose Quartz and Serenity


3) A Carousel Dress would look beautiful in this dupioni silk.


Oliver + S Carousel Dress in Serenity


4) What an adorable outfit this would make! Sew a Hopscotch Knit Top in this cat print and pair it with a chambray Hopscotch Skirt.


Oliver + S Hopscotch Top + Skirt in Rose Quartz and Serenity


5) Here’s another comfortable outfit. Make a School Bus T-shirt in a tranquil blue knit and a Swingset Skirt in a fun unicorn print.


Oliver + S Schoool Bus T-shirt and Swingset Skirt in Serenity

6) For the boys how about a Sketchbook Shirt in a blue and white stripe. Serenity mixes well with shades of brown, like this corduroy which would look great as a pair of Art Museum Trousers.


Oliver + S Sketchbook Shirt in Serenity


7) A Butterfly Blouse in this adorable pink print with a Butterfly Skirt in pastel blue would make a super sweet outfit.


Oliver + S Butterfly Blouse + Skirt in Rose Quartz and Serenity


8) Last, but now least how about a Playtime Tunic in a pretty floral along with a pair of Playtime Leggings in an organic cotton jersey.


Oliver + S Playtime Tunic + Leggings in Serenity


I’m sure many of you have used these colors in your sewing already. So now it’s your turn. Share your Rose Quartz and Serenity Oliver + S, Liesl + Co. and Straight Stitch Society makes with everyone here. We’ll keep the linky party open until the end of 2016.


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  1. Did they really have to pick a pink and a blue? As if we didn’t have enough difficult conversations about gender and identity and the way we dress already…I just find that tiresome.
    As the mother of a daughter who rejects clothing that is traditionally feminine (pink, purple, floral, skirts, dresses…and she is only 7) I am fighting this battle every time I try to find something for her to wear. It’s ridiculous how hard it is to find simple clothes that she’s comfortable wearing. I’m always searching for indie pattern designers with products that aren’t too “boyish” yet don’t feature ruffles and skirts and all that stuff that’s just too cutesy for her.
    Get with the times, Pantone!!!

    1. Susan, part of the reason they chose those colors was to open up discussions of gender stereotypes and the blurring of gender that is being seen in fashion. This is from their announcement:

      In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

      No comment one way or the other on my part. Just sharing the information about their reasoning for the selection this year….

  2. Brenda

    these shades of pink and blue are calm, and peaceful. I need those in my life. I have always loved men and boys in pink dress shirts and little “girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes”.

    1. Agreed, I sew more pink for my husband then my girls.

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