i'm working on the black dress. i have to look at some colorful prints before i lose my mind completely.
some peeps have asked me to do a little how-to on pattern matching. (some peeps have offered to have me checked for colorblind-ness. ruggy insists i am afflicted. i'm going with peeps the former.)
the easiest way to make an interracial marriage, if you will, between fabrics, is to pick a common thread. in all of these pairings, there's a color in each separate fabric that connects.
chocolate brown in this dress...
deep magenta in this skirt (with complementary-toned lime green un-ironed RTW and tequila)...
burnt goldenrod in top and waistband...
when pairing three together, i'll pick my common color between two, then pick up a third between any two of the fabrics. in this two hour dress, orange lives in the main fabric and trim, then the purple in the trim connects the lace.
go for four! red in trim + red in print + ivory in lace + ivory in print + purple in trim + purple in main = this maxi dress. (see the first trim poking out underneath? you'll see it in the original post. although the purple shade was closer to the main fabric, the blue was throwing it off. somehow the lavender in the "beaded" trim was happier-- an analogous pairing.)
blue lace + blue flowers + blue sky = happy oona.
and sometimes i'll just pull a print i love, and slowly run it down my stack of stash until i hit a fabric it wants to live with. complementary and analogous colors work wonders there. here's a great link with color wheels to get you spinning!
and please, do tell if you take the leap so that i might live vicariously. i'll be living primarily in black till sunday. i've heard tell, black goes with everything.
i need a how-to on making it go with ME.