Hi! I’m Vanessa and I blog over at lbg studio. I am very excited to be here this week to share a little fall KCW inspiration with you. One of my favorite parts of sewing comes before any actual sewing occurs – choosing fabrics. I could browse through fabric shops, both brick and mortar and online; for hours. Unfortunately, I tend to shop for fabric the way I shop for clothes. . . with no particular plan in mind. That means I tend to end up with a bunch of fabric that I like but which doesn’t necessarily go together. I thought that maybe being a bit more methodical about fabric selection could be helpful! Especially when planning for something big like Kids Clothes Week. Since I’m a fan of graphic design and follow several design blogs, I thought I’d try using a mood board as a starting place for choosing a grouping of fabrics that coordinate. Since we’re all getting ready to sew for a fall themed KCW, that is the theme I used for creating my mood board. Below, I’ll be sharing my “process” along with blank versions of the templates I created that you can download so that you can play along.
Since I’m pretty much a Pinterest addict and because it is so useful, I started the process there.
Step 1 – Start a new board for your theme. I chose to create a secret board so no one would be overwhelmed by multiple pumpkin pins!
Step 2 – Pin, pin, pin! I searched for and pinned images that reminded me of fall in either color, texture, subject matter, or emotional response. I tried not to be too literal since I wanted a nice variety of images to work with.
Step 3 – Cull images and place remaining images into the mood board template. At this point, you will probably begin to see a sense of cohesiveness. Play around with the images and template until you see something you like.
Step 4 – Using the color picker tool in Photoshop, I clicked on various parts of the images to create a color palette.
Step 5 – Use the color palette and the mood board to find fabrics in the colors/textures you picked.
Step 6 – Place images of the fabrics you choose into the Fabric Swatch template to see them side by side. I find this really helpful when trying to visualize what colors/prints work well together when planning for an outfit or mini wardrobe I’d like to sew.
I used Photoshop CC for this project and you will need a recent version of Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to use the templates. If you don’t have either, you can go a simpler route: use a Pinterest board as your mood board and an online color palette generator like this one to pick colors.
Above is the fall themed mood board I created using the steps listed. Even while I was pinning I noticed that I tended to like images within a similar color palette. This became really noticeable as I worked on the mood board. Below are two separate fabric swatch groupings I put together using the mood board and color palette as a guide. I ended up with a nice mix of fabrics in coordinating colors, complimentary prints, and various textures. I could then use each grouping to create two (or more) outfits that will also mix and match with each other.
Thanks for having me! Hope this helps those of you, who like me; struggle a bit when it comes to being organized and planning ahead. I feel like I’ll be better prepared to go fabric shopping for this next round of KCW. Happy sewing!
*should a message pop up when you open either template in Photoshop or Elements that asks if you want to flatten or keep layers, choose keep layers!