Writing + Palettes + Design: Article for Seamwork Magazine

Published in Seamwork Magazine, a print and online sewing magazine from Colette Patterns, this article presents a step-by-step process for creating color palettes as a tool for planning and, if you like to sew, making your own wardrobe.

Primary wardrobe palette colors
Pulling primary palette colors from what’s already in your closet. (All photos and illustrations in this article are my own.)


We’ve all done it: We’ve fallen in love with the color of a gorgeous sweater/handbag/skein of yarn/bolt of fabric, only to come home to the realization that it goes with absolutely nothing we own. (Please tell me that’s not just me.)

Here’s the conundrum for me: I believe we should respond to what attracts us, as opposed to being unduly influenced by trends, friends, or simply what’s available. However, I’ve found that many of the colors that I adore actually don’t look that great on me. So is my instinct letting me down? How do we learn to trust our own color sense, so that we can confidently build a palette-based wardrobe of colors that play nicely together? And how can we apply our palettes to our handmade projects so they’ll make sense in the context of our existing wardrobes?


Read the full article at Seamwork Magazine!

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