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Color Wheel Inspiration

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When choosing colors, I have the terrible habit of playing it safe.  I tend to pair pastels with pastels, and brights with brights.

But every once in a while I like to go back to basics and stare at a color wheel for a bit of inspiration.  I don’t bother with complimentary or primary or secondary color “rules,” but rather, just pick and choose something that catches my eye.
 
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Step 1: Getting Started

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This purple silk was purchased online, and when it arrived it was a bit more sheer than I expected (not ideal for the slim fitting skirt I was making).  Not to be deterred, I decided to underline!

Step 2: Underlining

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I was already planning to underling the back skirt pieces for stability, but I had anticipated using silk organza.  However, that was not going to alter the sheer quality of the fabric.  In the end, I decided to go with some pink cotton.  It is not quite flesh colored, but unlike a matching purple color, it does not change the tone of the silk.  It maintains the look of a sheer fabric with quite a bit more modesty built in.

Step 3: Hand Basting

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One of the big secrets to dealing with underlining is basting darts and pleat lines before sewing them together.  It makes such a difference to help keep the two fabrics from shifting during construction!  And, of course, hand sewing two different fabrics together works much better than a machine.  The extra time it takes is worth it in the end!

Step 4: The Obvious Choice

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Pairing purple with blue and green is lovely, but rather obvious.  And that is my go-to when it comes to the color purple.

This blouse that I made as a companion piece for the skirt makes that very clear!
This outfit is so cute! You should really have your first main photo be an image of your finished project.