Wardrobe Architect – colours, solids and prints

Here is the second of my Coletterie Wardrobe Architect posts – on colour and pattern.

I choose fabrics because I like them, but don’t think how they will fit into my wardrobe.  I think having a restricted palette will help me.

I spent around two hours choosing my palettes on the Design Seeds website.  Very, very addictive!

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Lots of blue (my staple is navy), with contrasts of green, red, orange.  Plus a little brown and grey.

Next, I pulled the patterned garments out of my wardrobe – the ones I wear the most.  Try not to laugh….




I’ll wear most of these with a brighter plain top – teal and burnt orange are favourites.

I really don’t like much colour in my patterns, do I?!  I can see I prefer graphic prints, even the flowers are stylised designs.  So that explains why I never wear the floral fabrics that I like to buy and sew.

Several days later…

I’ve been looking at fabrics and using a limited colour palette and knowing I don’t wear bright patterns or florals has been a revelation.  Usually I’ll get stuck thinking I like something, but not sure if I’ll wear it.

I did some virtual shopping (it’s my birthday soon!) and this is what I chose –

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My plan was to keep to the colours and patterns I now know I will wear, but introduce some stronger colour and a little quirkiness.  A few more stripes and dots and I’m done.

I’m really pleased with this.  I’m sure I will wear these fabrics (or similar – whatever I end up buying).  By reducing the colour and pattern options, the process of choosing was much easier.  I should have more choice in what I wear too – not just graphic navy and white patterns!

6 thoughts on “Wardrobe Architect – colours, solids and prints

  1. I really like your colour palettes. I wear a lot of blue in the summer, not so much in the winter though.

    I too discovered that I often don’t like to wear the fabrics I love to buy! I find it hard to find nice plain coloured fabrics, prints seem so much more plentiful.

  2. I’ve made a start on pulling my colour palettes together and at first felt they were really restrictive…but now I’m starting to see them as really cohesive. I’m starting to think that fabric/yarn shopping will become sooooo much simpler once this project is completed.

  3. Looks like a nice palette! I have trouble settling on solid colors, too. Prints are just soooo much more fun to shop for.

    And I marked that pattern as yours. 🙂

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