So, sorting and organizing my fabric stash proved to be a very useful exercise. I now know what I own, what can be worn with what, and which colors and types of fabrics I need to purchase to turn my stash into clothing that I will wear (and love). I also learned which colors and types of fabrics I should never, never buy again for my personal wardrobe. Warm tones, no. Muted or muddy tones, no. Dressy fabrics, no.
Which leads me to Sewing With A Plan. I've never been one to plan and sew a capsule wardrobe, where everything goes with everything else. But after pruning and organizing my stash, I'm going to work with the SWAP concept a little this season. I pulled together several fabrics that look great together:
Now, don't worry. Not all of the garments made with these fabrics will be interchangable. No red with teal (Christmas, anyone?). Here's my plan:
- The shibori-like jersey in browns and pale blue-gray will be another top to wear with pants and cardigan.
- Crancherry red double knit, cotton on one side, rayon on the other. The rayon is slightly darker, so I will design a cardigan that incorporates both sides.
- Solid brown rayon jersey, for a top to wear with the red cardigan.
- Teal jersey, another top, to be worn with the brown ripple cardigan. It's the same fabric shown in my current blog header.
- The striped knit in the header is a vest I am knitting. Cascade front, vertical stripiing. It doesn't follow my rule of "no warm colors", but I love the combination and it contains enough clear tones that think I can get away with it. I'll wear it with the teal top and jeans.
So, will I feel good in these colors? They should be a good fit, as my hair is cool brown, and these cool dark brown fabrics are very close in color to my hair. My skin is quite pink, and my eyes are warm brown/gold/green. I'm a color consultant's nightmare, not easily categorized. When the Color Me Beautiful concept came out in the 70's, I was told I was an autumn. After revamping my wardrobe and looking drab in muted fall colors, another consultant diagnosed me as a summer. So I changed to cool tones - much better for my skin - but pale and muted made me look washed out. A few years ago some pals on an internet color forum helped me come to see that I am a soft winter, or clear, strong summer. Jewel tones look great on me. Black looks horrible next to my face. It's just too much contrast. I've grown to love my "winter" wardrobe, but since I don't wear black next to my face with much success, I've wanted to find another neutral. Navy is good, but hard to find shades that match. So that's why I'm trying cool brown. I've got the fabrics, so I might as well give it a whirl!
I started working with the ripple linen/silk this weekend, making Marcy Tilton's Vogue 8088. I'm adapting the pattern a bit, and loving the drape of this fabric. You'll see the completed jacket here, if it's a success. Stay tuned!
P.S. Why all of this fuss about colors? Because I simply don't feel good wearing colors that are not harmonious with my coloring. It's that simple!