Thursday Oct 27, 2022
Thursday Oct 27, 2022
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Knowing how to mix and match colours for clothing (including upcycling) is critical design skill. It is one of the essentials that fashion designers apply to create aesthetically pleasing garments.
Therefore, it is a 'brake or make project' kind of thing for anyone who wants to recreate with existing clothing as well.
To give you heads up, don’t click away if you don’t like colourful. The design skill of mixing colours in clothing is still applicable to you, too.
The formulas work even for when you're the not-keen-on-wearing-too-colourful type.
Why Is Important And What Can You Do
Designers are spoiled to work with fabric from the roll which often is further colour coordinated as it's typically developed as a ‘collection’, stream-lined in terms of colour.
But, in refashioning is very different. When it comes to reworking existing clothes, we have a bigger challenge. Combining too many different items of clothing could become an overwhelming task quickly.
So, don't be too hard on yourself if you can’t figure it out on your own. It’s what many sewists like you who want to create from existing clothes experience as well.
The good thing is that you don’t need to be a fashion designer to make pleasing combinations!
This episode spells out what can make the task easier and most of all - fun :)
Highlights Inside This Episode:
[2:00] Why it’s important to know how to work with colours, to mix and match colours for aesthetically pleasing result
[5:40] Short overview of what we’re covering in this episode (+ a teaser you’ll love ;)
[6:30] How easy it is to use colour theory and the colour wheel to build up your colour coordinated combinations. Some traditional fashion formulas on how to mix and match colours for clothing.
Top 3 Fashion Formulas For Mixing And Matching Colours When Reworking Existing Clothing
[9:50] Formula #1: Mix the same or neighbouring colours. My trick here is to also focus on mixing different textures.
[14:10] Next up, develop your design skills for combining colours with Formula #2: Mix and match colours from the same colour temperature. What are the two colour temperature in fashion design and what type of mood they imply.
[16:50] Great small but mighty tip how to recognise good colour combinations (powerful things are often very simple, right? This proves it, for sure!)
[17:30] Lastly, my secret formula #3: Create a contrast. Check out how to use it so you create smoother, more relaxed designs; or bolder, classy type of styles from colour standpoint.
[21:50] A side note tip on how you can start easy by adding colour in your projects (so you look beautiful wearing colours that suit you)
[23:10] Check out how to mix and match colours for clothing so to make more subtle and less bold contrasts.
Bonus Formula To Jumpstart Applying Colours Even If 'Not Your Thing'
[26:00] At the end, a Bonus Formula: Use colour as an accent. Very easy to apply and start even when you don’t like wearing colours. Without adding the ‘too colourful’ effect, accents can make the main colour of the garment pop. That’s the easiest I know that can transform your project without making it multicolour. It’s one of my favourite ways to bring colour to any design.
[28:00] Recap of the episode, good for getting the big picture
[32:00] Learn more about how to secure your seat in the upcoming FREE Masterclass on Clothes Upcycling
[32:50] What’s up on the podcast next time