I seem to be drawn to rich, jewel colours this autumn/winter. I find colours easier to work with at this time of the year as the saturation isn’t so searing.
Like the ones above – a palette I made on COLOURlovers. I love the combination of teal and chocolate. And plum works well with the rich brown as well. The mustard adds some golden warmth and would be an accent rather than a solid for me. Navy is my dark neutral or black. Cream is my light neutral as I wash out if I wear pure white. I seem to have chosen stronger, darker colours but all rich in tone.
When I make my Lady Grey coat (not likely to be this year – I don’t have the confidence yet…) I imagine it to be either teal or plum with a chocolate lining, finished with a flash of gold piping where the lining joins the facings inside the coat.
Other plans are for a satin Pendrell in teal, and maybe plum and a navy Beignette in a beautiful brushed cotton… And of course my beret and fingerless mitts are in a tweedy teal too. Oh, and if I get Colette’s Jasmine pattern for my birthday, I may consider a solid golden mustard piece. Even if I said it’d be an accent colour two paragraphs ago. Just look at Sarah Gabbart’s top she made for the Sew Weekly. If that can’t change your mind, nothing will.
This is the first time I’ve ever actually thought about what colours I’d like to wear and which suit me. It’s helped focus me a little more. I can understand why Colette’s Colour Palette Challenge is so popular! I’m unlikely to create 8 pieces in 8 weeks, more like 8 pieces between now and spring. But I’m not making any promises, or putting any pressure on myself.
Do you plan with colour like this, or are you much more of a sew with whatever pattern and colour combination inspires you at the time person?