Playing with colour is one of my favourite things. Clothes, hair, nails, makeup, accessories – any excuse to combine colours! I’ve been making wardrobe colour palettes for as long as I’ve been seriously sewing – aka, for the last decade!!!
A few weeks back, I decided that it was time for a refreshed colour palette to match my new pastel hair. For me, a new palette is an excuse to look at my fabric in a new light, to combine colours differently, explore trends, and just have fun. It doesn’t mean that I’ll exclusively wear these colours, or that I won’t wear my older clothes. Really, I just needed a motivation to get sewing and stop stressing about the return to in-person teaching. Colour is the best way to distract myself!
For reference, here are a few of my older colour palettes:
This time, I gathered my ideas in a slide show and did a voiceover explaining my thought process. I do a lot of video like this for work, so it is an easy format for me. There are three five-minute videos, so grab a cuppa and sit back and relax!
In part 1, (above) I started with the pastel colours of my hair. One of my favourite makeup looks is a pale pink shimmery eye with kelly green on the outer corner. Add in the blue of my glasses and some grey, dark green and black which I already own in pants, and my colour palette was created!
Cue the panic – did I just choose colours from the absolute wrong “season”?
If my explanation of the circle/clock of seasonal colours make no dang sense, don’t worry – I explain it better in the third video!
“…to give me the effect I want!” That last line got cut off, sorry!
There we have it – the results of three hours of excitedly playing with colour! My next post is going to be showing off some outfits in this palette, including new things I’ve sewn, older makes, and RTW. When I made this palette it was stinking hot and I was worried about being in school and so sweaty…. suddenly it is ten degrees cooler and I feel like if I don’t post about this now it will be too cold for these clothes.
A couple of thoughts and details:
- All the seasonal palettes and images I used are from elementalcolour.com.au .
- My own palette was made in Google Slides because it’s what I’m comfortable using.
- I have at whole series of posts on colour linked in my header, under Colour Palettes! I have several tutorials on way to make your own colour palette from clothes you already love wearing, tips on figuring out your “season”, how to wear colours that aren’t in your palette, etc. I hope you find them useful if this is something you also find fascinating!
Do you enjoy thinking about the colours you wear, or do you trust your gut and buy whatever fabric you love? I’d love to hear about your process – or lack of process!