I've got a lot of purple fabric, including a box of old Laura Ashley. Does anyone remember smock dresses made of fabric like this?
In spite of having oceans of purple cotton, both plain and patterned, I decided to use some silks and synthetics instead. I've tried this technique before; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Instead of piecing the fabric in the usual way, I overlay the pieces of silks and use free-machining to tie them together. These are two bits of a larger piece which didn't get photographed in time before I started enthusiastically cutting and sewing.
I wasn't sure where this was going when I was making it, and I'm even less sure now. After making several small pieces, I decided I'd like to make something larger. Depending on the next colours, I'd like to add to this.
Colour Report – Grape/Purple
What did I think of this colour at the start?
I’ve always liked purple very much. It's an easy colour to mix with.
What fabrics go with this colour?
Almost every colour could go with purple. I think of it as a great blender.
What fabrics don’t go with this colour?
I would be a bit doubtful about putting pink and purple together, a bit too sweet, and purple and white could be a bit school uniform.
Do I like this colour better or less after working with it?
I’m finding that concentrating on one colour too much can put me off that colour temporarily, especially if it has been a favourite colour, and I think it is sometimes inhibiting the design process a little. Has anyone else found this?
Will it inspire a new palette?
I thought working with purple would be easiest as I have used this colour so much before and the reverse was the case. On the other hand using an unfamiliar colour can spark off unfamiliar and new ideas and that's what this colour game is about.