How to Find the Contrast Color

If you’ve ever wondered what color to use for a contrast on a particular fabric you’ve bought, here is a process I use.

  • First get an image of your fabric saved to your computer.
  • Open a browser window on your computer and goto the URL: http://www.pixlr.com then choose to launch the web app (choice on the left and you may have to scroll a bit to get to it). This is a free online editor.
  • Choose to open from your computer and find the fabric image on your computer.
  • Find the ink dropper in the left hand menu (near bottom on the far left) and click it.
  • Take the dropper over to your fabric, place it on the color you want to find the contrast for and click.
  • Now you will see that color in the left hand menu at the very bottom. Go click that color. A box pops up with a color wheel and you want the 6 digit number/letter combination next to the pound (#) sign on the bottom far right.
  • Now copy this number.

Open a new browser window.

    • Now head to http://www.colorhexa.com/.
    • Paste into the search box and click search or hit enter.Voila, you have not only the contrast color to your fabric, but you have 5 other options of color combinations that go with your fabric color.

Tip: You can open an image from a URL in pixlr.com if you’ve purchased this fabric online.  This will save you from taking the picture and getting it saved to your computer.  If this is the case you can obviously skip those steps.

Tip: I have colorhexa.com saved on my phone desktop so when I’m at the store, I can readily find fun colors to go with my fabric if I’m having a brain fart. So you can have it on your phone too – launch colorhexa from your phone. Below the search bar there is a menu item titled: “216 web safe colors”. Click it. It will show you colors in groups of colors making it easy to scroll through quickly in a store. If you match a fabric to one of the colors and tap the color with your finger it will then take you to the same type of page with the contrasting colors. Save that link to your phones desktop or bookmark in your phones browser for easy access next time you’re in the store.

Hope this helps you save a bit of time every now and then!

Until next time…Sew Jam On!

The Adjective

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I know that you have heard them all: vintage, retro, modern, sophisticated, classic, contemporary, fresh, avant-garde, etc.  I especially love them when they come out of the judges mouths on Project Runway.  Them problem is perspective and I’m sure mine is somewhere others are not.

Let’s start with vintage.  This, to me, is something pre-1900’s and original.  In other words, it’s rare.  I envision hundreds of vintage dresses tucked away in forgotten trunks in attics across the world.  We don’t get to see them often, but they are lingering… to be found someday.  Vintage is not something that is merely old from this century.

Retro is a throw-back.  It can be a current fabric constructed from a pattern dated 1970 or 1960.  While the fabric can be dated from the same era giving it authenticity, it can also be new.  The design will lend itself to the name retro.  For some reason corduroy bell bottoms come to mind!

Modern is simply current.  Modern, by definition is something characteristic of today’s times.  It’s what is popular by demand and probably hanging on the racks at all major department stores.

Sophisticated is another word that is highly used in our sewing worlds.  This is a word that is reality based.  It simply means pleasing or satisfactory.  In more depth it means refined tastes due to exceptional education.  In other words, an artist, after art school, will have a more refined eye for sophistication than they did prior to education about art.  In my eyes it’s all reality based because what may look sophisticated to me may look boring or poorly designed to another.
While I can go on and on – you can hopefully see where I am going with this.  It’s all subjective to the individual person that is looking at a garment or accessory.  You can debate the adjectives but at the end of the day, it’s what you think and feel that matters.  You feel it and can attach any adjective you’d like to it, but remember that others may see it differently.  AND – it doesn’t make you right or others right.
NOTE:  The image above was found on Pinterest.