Once you choose a print that looks good on you, you can be confident that any of the colors IN that print will work reasonably well, and you can simply choose colors from the print in solids to expand your wardrobe. This concept works well in both ready to wear and sew your own clothing.
This print is one I chose to begin with for my new wardrobe cluster. (I had a tough time choosing where to start, I own enough fabric to start my own store!) I plan on making a skirt, and a blouse or two out of this fabric.
Here is a larger section of the fabric:
I then needed to select a neutral color to go with this, and I luckily already owned one! A nice rich brown linen:
Awesome! This would make a great casual Jacket and full Skirt, maybe a straight (pencil) skirt and possibly a Dress.
I am not too sure if I would want a pair of Pants in this, since it would wrinkle badly when I sat down.
I want another neutral so I can mix and match a bit more... and sure enough I found just the thing:
|pardon the shadows, its the lighter color toward the bottom|
This is a moderately heavy cotton in a color called "cornstalk". It matches the pale cream/tan in my print exactly, and works well with the brown linen too!
This is a heavier and less draped fabric, so I plan to make a heavier A-line skirt, perhaps a straight skirt, a heavier Dress perhaps, Pants could be made in this, and so could a casual Jacket. I can then mix and match the two neutrals with or without the print... and with a lot of other items in my closet already.
I do want to add one more thing to start with; I want to add a knit. So far everything has been a woven, if I add a knit I can make some different styles... but I do want this to stay "neutral". Just adding another brown or beige would be boring as all get out though...
The solution is a "fashion neutral" aka leopard print
I have plenty of room to expand out, based on either the print I started with, or the solids!
Just to give you a few ideas of where you can take this collection....
obviously you can add blue.
But where else can I take that basic cluster?
Here is a fabric with that same cornstalk color, plus a vibrant pink, and a berry purple!
|Cornstalk fabric shown with light cotton print|
I just happen to have a purple textured fabric to make something to go with that....
Now that purple will NOT go with my original print ... but obviously it goes with the cornstalk, and lets me take a new direction with PART of my capsule wardrobe.
Or how about this?
This goes with the brown linen, and JUST might let me wear that purple with the brown as well...
This fabric goes with either of my neutrals (and my blues)
So far the only thing I cannot mix into this is white, or black... and there is a bit of white in that last print....so there is one thing I could wear white with... no way to bring any of my existing black clothes into it though...
And then I found this:
As you can see, by building off one or more of the 4 fabrics in my first capsule collection, I can go in quite a few different directions, and still be sure MOST of it will work together.
I was originally not too thrilled by how "boring" it looked, but it obviously has some potential!
This therefore will be the first cluster collection.
I will be either continuing on to show you the second cluster collection (taking a few of these fabrics in a different direction) or a few pattern choices, depending on what I finish writing next....
http://fabricdragon.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-new-capsule-wardrobe-what-is-capsule.html My previous post explaining the principles of a capsule or cluster wardrobe.