On the heels of my Me Made May reflections, I stumbled upon Gillian’s tutorial for creating your own personal color palette, and I decided to give it a try. I was a little intimidated about picking the right colors at first, but once I got going, it actually came together pretty quickly!
I used my Finished Project Gallery as inspiration, along with random outfit photos I’ve taken in the past year. I tried to squint my eyes and look at my handmade (and some RTW) garments as a cohesive wardrobe, and I chose the colors that stand out and are most often repeated. I also chose to leave out some colors that I’ve tried wearing and just didn’t feel like myself in (brown, I’m looking at you).
So what do you think of the finished palette? It’s brighter and more colorful than I had anticipated, but I quite like it!
Going into this exercise, I knew I didn’t wear much black or white and tend to prefer wearing non-neutral colors, but I was surprised to see so many blue and pink shades dominating my clothing. Surprised, but delighted. :) When I gave it a little more thought, the dominant blues and pinks started to make more sense. I do naturally gravitate toward these colors when buying fabric and RTW clothing, and even other things like decorations and office supplies.
Another surprising find was that the colors in my palette seem fairly common. Many are similar to Gillian’s palette, and just in the last day I’ve noticed people at work and on the street frequently wearing these colors as well. Perhaps it’s a cultural thing? I bet the common palettes in the 1970s would be quite different – more browns, oranges, and olive greens!
Not everyone’s into bright colors though. Sarai just wrote an interesting post about how she vastly prefers wearing neutrals, and you can see it quite clearly in her MMM photos. I love that everyone has their own unique spin on this.
After creating my palette (which I did in Powerpoint, by the way), I chose a few representative photos of handmade garments that incorporate the palette colors. One thing I noticed is that the colors tend to get darker in winter and lighter in summer, which isn’t really that surprising. Another is that I wear very little bright green and almost no bright red. Oh the wonders of self-reflection…
Anyway, this was a fun and quick exercise that has kept my wardrobe musings chugging along in the wake of MMM. If you haven’t already made your palette, give it a try!
What colors do you find yourself drawn to, and are they different for fabric and RTW clothing?