Monday, September 6, 2010

YEA! FABRIC! YEA!


YEA!
Originally uploaded by Nix Sidhe

I'm not going to lie, I spent about 40 minutes this morning going through my photos for a semi decent photo of fabric since that's exactly what I want to write about. To no avail, I surprisingly don't take many photos of my fabric stash. I'm amazed and sort of disappointed. Instead of letting that disappointment win I got pumped about this photo.

YEA!

Back to the fabric though. I've been drooling over patterns and fabrics over at sewmamasew.com and I started thinking about some of the patterns on fabric and how to pick the right fabric for things like skirts or dresses. It's no secret that I don't wear a lot of color or bright large patterns, but there is just something about seeing these huge floral patterns looking like water colors with alarming splotches of pinks, greens, oranges, and blues. It's really really difficult for me to pick out fabrics for clothing items and not just go immediately to black, charcoal grey, olive drab, and other various dark plain colors.

I've always told myself that I'm going to branch out, start to enjoy color more, try something new. Does it happen? No, not really. Especially since I moved to Pittsburgh and gave away most of my clothes to the Goodwill, my closet is a lot like a cartoon characters. Black tshirts, grey jeans, black socks/bras/underwear... all the time.

So, the real question: How does one choose a fabric for a skirt or dress? Large bold prints? Small all over patterns? If you're not accustomed to lots of color should you just jump right in with a fabric like this?

Pelargonium Natural - Cottage Garden

Or tiptoe into the waters with something like this?

Edie Black - Alexander Henry

Are there tips for how to choose a fabric to be flattering? Is there a guide to bringing someone who wears almost all black to the world of patterns and prints? HELP!