Nov 3, 2014
Readers, if there's one area where I would like to improve in my sewing, it's actually one that has nothing to do with sewing itself, but rather with color.
I want to get better at combining colors.
For me, the difference between someone who looks good in their clothes and someone who looks great is nearly always how they use color. Their age doesn't matter, nor the quality of the garments themselves really.
Color communicates so much, and knowing how to create a palette that both flatters the wearer and looks beautiful by itself seems like the ultimate achievement.
To that end, I just picked up a cheap used copy of the Pantone Guide to Communicating with Color. It had mostly good reviews on Amazon and seemed like something I'd enjoy. We'll see how well it serves me.
There are countless books out there about color and color theory. Do you own any or use any on a regular basis?
I generally find my inspiration from old fashion photography and Hollywood studio portraits, as well as Hollywood costumes (Costumer Dorothy Jeakins -- The Sound of Music, The Music Man -- is a favorite of mine.).
I'm proud of some of my more colorful creations, particularly a number of Cathy's get-ups. Most of my color combining for her tends to be somewhat safe (red, white and blue; red, white, and black). I'm OK with that but I'd like to get better.
In closing, readers, what do you recommend as far as resources related to color combining?
Where do you usually find your color inspiration? (Book, historic period, artist?)
Are you color confident?
Have a great day, everybody!