Hot! Ask: 9/19/11

What are the colors in your Autumn/Fall palette? Are there any colors that's you're trying for the first time?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I chose my favorites colors : raspberry/fuchsia (never quite sure how to name it!) and pink with the neutrals of neutrals : black, white and grey.
    Those are comfort zone colors for me ; I just restarted sewing and doing it for myself! Hence, I didn’t want to distract myself with colors, trends or anything… I just wanted to sew very few patterns (1 dress, 1 skirt, 1 top and 1 slip) in different fabrics/looks since fitting is a really hard for me!

  2. I’m going for a palette that I can transition into winter (I’m on a tight budget!). So I choose tan, cream, royal blue, burgundy/wine, charcoal gray, and apple green. I’m attempting to sew a dress/pinafore, pencil skirt, pussy-cat bow shirt, and maybe a fall trench. We’ll see on that last one…

  3. I played around with palettes for a couple of days and came up with teal, olive, and magenta. Greens and blues are my colors year-round, so I wanted to brighten things up with bits of hot pink, fuchsia, and wine, all of which I’m lumping in the magenta category.
    Of course as soon as I finalized the palette I started several sewing projects that are complete outside of it, like a black and yellow african print dress and a lime and turquoise shirtwaist.
    Maybe I’m not ready to commit to a color-coordinated wardrobe.

  4. Standard tans and browns for me, but I’m adding floral prints and blue to mix things up a bit. :)

  5. Greens, blues, and a splash of red!

  6. I went for a palette I already own. My stash is MASSIVE even though it really doesn’t reflect my favorite colors, especially not for fall. I prefer gray, navy blue, and teal. Instead, I’ll be sewing with burgundy, turquoise, ivory, and charcoal with just a smattering of royal purple.

  7. I’m trying to incorporate more purples – a color I love that doesn’t always love me back :(


    Is it wrong that I never have a thought-out pre-planned color palette for my sewing? I simply use from my stash or buy fabric in the colors and patterns that I like and that I think would look good on me. So, I guess my palette is made of those colors. I’ve just never thought about it. I like reds/burgundy, blues, browns, golds, oranges, cream and the odd pink and purple.