This contributor post is written by Rachel of Sew Happily
Today, I wanted to chat with yall about color.
As sewists (or seamstress – whichever you prefer), we have the whole world at our fingertips when it comes to creating beautiful garments for our kiddos. Literally. There are countless options available to us – and if you’re an indecisive individual, it can be overwhelming!
When I begin making a garment for my daughter, Reagan, I start with color first. Some people may start with a pattern or what they want to sew, but me, I start with color.
They are a variety of factors to consider when thinking about what colors to make your handmade garments in!
1. Personal Preference – I love pink, black/white, and any shade of aqua/mint/turquoise. Those are my favorite colors. I would have them everywhere and dress Reagan in them all the time. It’s just who I am … in terms of color. My husband loves blue and orange. Those tend to be his ‘go to colors’. Whatever they are, you’ll probably notice that you’ll see them all around you.
The fabrics that I am showing are some of my favorite colors to play around with.
2. Skin Tone / Complexion –Reagan (and I) are both very…. fair skinned. We burn – REAL easily, yall. And, I’ll be honest, we don’t look so hot in certain colors. Lime green. Yellow. Brown. They just don’t work for us. I’ve learned to stay away from those colors in garments. My mom, on the other hand, looks FABULOUS in those colors. If you’re not sure what colors work for your child’s skin tone and complexion, hold up different colors near their face. See what makes their face look vibrant and youthful. And if you’re looking for more information on skin tones, complexions, and colors, check out makeup counters! Seriously – those ladies know it all!
3. Availability – Fabric comes in all sorts of colors and types! If you’re looking for a specific type of fabric in a specific color, it can sometimes be tricky to find just what you’re looking for. Usually, you can find just about any color/ pattern in quilting cottons. Up until recently, I personally think it was more difficult to find apparel fabrics in lots of options but the apparel fabric world is starting to become more and more accessible to at home sewists. Places like Michael Levine Low Price Fabrics, Mood Fabrics, Girl Charlee, and even the quilting cotton manufacturers are beginning to make more apparel weight fabrics.
The fabrics that I have pictured are set aside for garments for Reagan – a pink stretch lace, a black/white triangle knit, a pale blue poplin, and a mint/cream stripe knit. They coordinate some with my color preferences but they also were what was available at the time.
4. Wardrobe – For me, making garments for my daughter that complement and coordinate with other garments is a must. I want her clothing to have versatility. If I make her a skirt, I want her to be able to wear it with lots of shirts that she already has. This means that there is a common theme to her wardrobe. You may not be thinking about your child’s clothing as a ‘wardrobe’ but I encourage you to do so! Take stock of how many graphic tees that your son or daughter might have – then come up with ways that they can wear them: leggings, skinny pants, shorts, skirts, over a dress, under a jumper. Then, see how many different colors that shirt matches up with.
You can see how I took two of Reagan’s graphic tees and laid out some different options to match up with them! You can tell that her ‘wardrobe’ more clearly has turquoise and pinks than reds in it.
So, now I’m curious! Where do you fall in the color wheel? What are your favorite colors to sew with? What color garments do you make with your children?
Take care yall! See ya next month – and in the meantime, don’t forget to stop on by Sew Happily and see what I’m up to!