Accidental Smart Things

January 26, 2015

I recently bought the new Granville shirt pattern by Sewaholic, (which if you haven’t seen yet I highly recommend checking out because it’s beautifully tailored) and though it’s not on my immediate to-sew list, I couldn’t help but peek through my stash to see if I had anything that might work well with the pattern. This amazing vintage fabric was a gift from a blog reader (Thanks, Jackie!) and I’ve been saving it away for the perfect project (one that I’ve mastered the fit of and will actually wear and love, of course). Once I pulled out the fabric I grabbed some thread off my table and set it on my ironing board, which is set up near my sad stash of yarn that’s been terribly neglected since my wrists have been bothering me. Well, once all the colors kept popping out at me I couldn’t help but make a little collage, and an accidental color palette was born!


Color palettes are something I make a lot since they’re an important step in most design work (which I’m trying to do more of), but I never make them specifically for sewing projects. Lately I’ve been talking a lot about consciously planning a wearable Spring wardrobe, so it got me thinking about what colors I actually wear and if they differ from colors I’m attracted to in theory, but not necessarily in practice.

Aside from fit, I think color is something that I struggle with too, not really knowing (or maybe not really caring) what suits my skin tone. I often buy fabrics because I’m in love with the print but then I realize I don’t have anything to match with it, or I’m not in love with the way it looks on me. I suppose making more quilts instead of wearing* them would solve a lot of the “I MUST OWN ALL THE NOVELTY PRINT QUILTING COTTON!!!” problem I have, but that’s a topic for another day, ha!


I suppose what I’m rambling on about is the idea that making color palettes for potential sewing projects, pinning them up somewhere, and then sitting on them for awhile before hacking into prized fabric on a super-excited-new-pattern-in-the-mail-whim is probably a smart thing for me to start doing. After all, every new day is a new opportunity for me to be less stupid than I was yesterday (positive realism at its best bahaha!) so in an effort to move up in the ranks of fabric wizardry and me-made-may-mastery, I’m going to start doing more smart things like make color palettes and keep project notebooks.

How about you? Do you sew with a carefully calculated plan, or do you sew with the wild abandon of a child who just got new toys for Christmas and can’t decide what to play with first?

I bet you can guess which one I typically am 😉


*will never actually stop wearing quilting cotton. #sorrynotsorry