One of the things I’ve noticed in myself and others is the haphazard way we go about buying or making clothes. We buy something because we like it or we make something that looks interesting. And then we wonder why nothing in our closets work together!
While I was working on my custom clothing certificate, I learned about creating color palettes for a “collection” (design speak for a mini wardrobe). The main idea is that these palettes help set a mood for the collection and ensure that the garments work with instead of against each other.
As I look through my fabric stash, I have a lot of blues in various hues, blacks in various densities, and lots of whites from cream to pure white. It is just a mishmash of fabrics that I bought (usually on impulse) because I liked them.
During our last Only Own Beautiful Clothes in 2012 virtual retreat Brandi found a great color palette resource online.
Design Seeds posts several palettes every day. Each palette is inspired by a photo or something in nature. There are literally hundreds of palettes from which to choose.
Since I love blues (and they love me), I toyed with several palettes for my “Ladies Who Lunch” wardrobe collection.
After discussing the options with The Mister, I decided to go with the Thistled Blues palette for spring/summer:
One of the things I like about the Design Seeds website is that it allows you to explore its collection in a variety of ways–by season, by theme, color value, etc. Oh. And it’s free. Pantone, the professional color palette service, costs A LOT of money for their color cards/access to their web features. If I become a professional designer, I’ll sign on to Pantone. In the meantime, Design Seeds will work just fine.
From now on, I intend to take my color palettes with me when I go to the fabric store. Some people may view limiting my choices to a few colors as restricting. Not me. I find it liberating. It makes my decision making soooo much easier!
Have you worked with color palettes with your sewing?