Friday, April 23, 2010

Slant Rhyme, Slant Color

I never saw a moor,
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.

I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.

-Emily Dickinson

Do you know slant rhymes, the almost-rhyme, in poetry? Unlike bat/cat, these rhymes are inexact, a suggestion of rhyme. I've realized I like my colors to be slant too - I play with them until my eye is pleased.

Recently when I was buying thread, the saleslady advised me to take it outside to get "an exact match" and I grinned, remembered my childhood and the exhausting tramp over the mall to match a top to a skirt that wasn't bought together, and bought the thread I liked without any project or material in mind at all. My mother and sister sometimes tease me on my odd color combinations, but I don't pay attention anymore. I know what I like.

I like this nightie! See how both fabrics have white to keep them airy? The green leaves of the cherries do not "match" the aqua stripes, but I love them side by side.

Unlike the pink polka dots, this one was easy to understand and well constructed (the neck and armholes are finished with bias tape - how tidy!).

Genevieve loves it and posed willingly. It appears that the nightie is big enough to serve two summers, which is an unexpected bonus.


Meghan said...

Those fluttery "sleeves" are very cute.

Adele said...

That is lovely! I am hoping to make something similar for my girl this summer... and I wouldn't mind one like it myself. ;-)

Jennifer Jo said...

The nightie looks like a breeze. Literally.

Christian - Modobject@Home said...

Oh, it is delicious! I like to say that two colors or patterns don't have to match in order to go well together. Case in point... the newest nightie!

Beth said...

I like that you are confident in your choices and what a blessing to be such a skilled seamstress. It is an airy, happy gown!