This is a question best answered by another question…What colors do YOU like together?
When choosing what fabrics and colors to use for making doll clothes (or when sewing any project at all) I usually spend a bit of time ‘playing’ with color and print combinations to see what I like best, or what achieves the look I want ie. subtle or dramatic, pretty or startling, fun or more traditional?
If you really don’t know where to start when combining colors, you could refer to a color wheel. This is a way of visually seeing what colors ‘work’ together to create harmonious color combinations. Technically speaking, complementary colors are any two colors opposite each other on the color wheel, any three colors equally spaced around the color wheel forming a triangle, or any four colors forming a rectangle. Colors beside each other on the color wheel also work well together. Then there are all sorts of variances within these combinations.
So rather than worry about what colors ‘technically’ work well together, simply ‘play around’ with the colors you have available to see what YOU like, or if you are making doll clothes for your daughter or granddaughter, why not ask what THEY like. Doing this can result in some really groovy combinations as kids are very open to any color or print ‘working’ together.
Another way of using color combinations is to pick just one color from a print and highlight that color in the trim or as the matching piece of clothing e.g. colorful print top with pants in a single color from the print. This is something I often do when making doll clothes, as you can see from the photos below.
The best advice I can give regarding what color combinations to use when making doll clothes, is to know what colours YOU like and don’t like, then you can’t go wrong with the colors that you choose. The most important thing is to have fun mixing things around.
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