with sewing, i feel like there's a little disconnect (at least for me) when it comes to picking out fabric color and the wearability of the final garment. when shopping at a store for RTW clothes it's easier for me to hone in on colors that i like and will wear. i can hold it up and see what the finished garment will look like on me or try it on right then and there, bingo. at a fabric store, i think i go into color and pattern overload. so much to choose from! i completely forget that the fabric will turn into a garment that i'll be wearing. most of the crazy quilting cottons sure are fun, but really, am i going to wear that, no. i need to take a step back and remember to visualize what the fabric will become, and ask myself, will i wear it?! because i don't want to end up with a bunch of handmade clothes that never get worn.
like the dress i'm working on now - i'm not super in love with the color and pattern anymore. it spoke to me at the store, but did i really know what it would become? no. so i need to do a little more pre-planning before shopping. fabric shopping with a purpose! and the last knit top i made? also a color disappointment. i might never wear it. strike two is the fact that it's a tad shorter than i like my tops. but even if the length was perfect, the color is still a no-go. it's an olive green. i don't wear olive green. what was i thinking?! i liked the pattern and the fabric was soft and had a nice drape, but would i really be excited to wear it? nah.
that's another thing. i want to be Excited to wear the clothes i make/buy. i want to love them. fewer pieces, but pieces i love. doesn't it feel great when you're wearing something you Love? i want that feeling every day.
time for some visuals right? i was looking in my closet at the colors i wear (yes my closet is organized by color), the colors that don't get worn, and the colors that i don't even own:
so i want to take this into consideration when fabric shopping. and i want to avoid the following colors:
anything muddy like a burnt orange, mustard or olive. no good. and this is just me. i have a good friend who looks amazing in mustard, it's one of her favorite colors. she has red hair and mustard looks great with it. i love wearing a vibrant yellow, but a mustard just looks bad on me. i'm blonde and pale. and i've decided that pastels don't look good with my paleness. i need some contrast, and those light colors just don't do it for me.
another lesson learned is that colors i love when separate, can become colors i don't love when combined together into a pattern. so patterns take some careful consideration. think about the scale of the print as well. case in point: the red and white bikini. awhile back i bought a red and white bikini. it was white with tiny adorable red flowers on it. i love red and white. it was seriously cute. until i saw a photo of myself from a little bit of a distance on the beach. red and white make pink. and it looked like a light pink. and my skin looks like a light pink. so you get the idea. not a good look. unless you're on a nude beach.
so i'm going to take more careful consideration of the fabrics i purchase. and remember the colors that work for me and the colors that are "uh, not so much." i know i'd like to think, "oh i can wear any color! i'm brave and open-minded!" but when i'm getting dressed in the morning i grab the colors that make me feel good when i wear them.
what do you think? what colors work for you? and are there any colors that make you want to run and hide?