Color Wheel Inspiration




About: I adore sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. I hope to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.

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.

Step 1: Getting Started

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

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

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

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!

Step 5: Fun With Color!

Recently, I pulled my lavender skirt out of the closet and started looking for a suitable blouse.  This is one of my favorite prints, so it caught my eye.  It is a bit more colorful than most of my wardrobe, but there is a bit of purple there.  It is not a perfect match back to the lavender silk, but I love the way the red, green, and yellow bring another tone to the skirt.

Springtime is here!  

And that is the magic of color!



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    This outfit is so cute! You should really have your first main photo be an image of your finished project.