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 Future of Fashion?

I came across this article Microbes are the ‘factories of the future and movie that shows Suzanne Lee of BioCouture that utilizes microbes for fashion material.  Weird?  Definitely, but what struck me about the direction this is going isn’t so much in the bizarre nature of wearing dead microbes that have created your jacket, skirt or shirt – it’s not even in the fact that you can toss it in the garden when you’re done with it because the product is compostable:  It’s in the area of where they are heading.

If you watch the video you’ll learn that Lee is looking towards the future.  She expects her clothing line to head into a realm of wearable living microbes.  She envisions us slipping into a garment that could have the potential to live with us for our well being.  We may even see a future where the garment we wear will have healing properties.  Feeling sick?  Pull out the Green Polo Shirt and head to work – you’ll be feeling better in no time.

It all sounds crazy but looking beyond it’s oddity, the whole concept lends itself to an eerie futuristic notion of wearing live clothes for the well being of your body and I’m just not sure how I feel about having a living organism next to my body. I’ll be watching and reading to see where this is going.  Hope you enjoyed a peek into the future with me.

Missed the link above?  Click here for the article.