Start with Color Analysis

Carole Jackson wrote Color Me Beautiful, a huge hit in the 1980s. Color is the most difficult of all the art disciplines. Unfortunately many women were misdiagnosed by others copying Ms. Jackson’s success, discrediting color theory for many.
Carole Jackson’s sequel to Color Me Beautiful presents the same color and wardrobing principles to men’s dressing as in her previous book, Color Me Beautiful.

Color analysis greatly reduces the amount of clothing you need and the amount of sewing you need to do.

I find the seasonal color theory the easiest for students to understand. Most people can wear any color, it’s the shade of the color that matters. Knowing one’s second best color palette makes it easier to choose one’s best colors. The colors in one’s principle color palette that are the most like those in one’s second best palette are those colors
that will look the best on you.


There are 12 color palettes in the seasonal color theory. Note that each of the four primary color palettes shares one of its three characteristics with one of the other three color palettes.


When shopping for fabrics, ask other customers how a fabric you are considering buying looks on you. People are eager to help each other. All you have to do is ask. Hit this link for more information about color analysis.

Make a Swatch Book

A swatch book saves both time and money.
Inside a swatch book.
Organize swatches of fabrics already owned with their yardages and locations in one’s studio.


Once one’s color palette is established, creating ensembles begins with planning and organizing one’s fabric. Creating a swatch book with yardages of fabric already owned and its location in one’s studio, saves both time and money.

Creating outfits

Check that the colors and fabrics work together.

Choosing fabrics for a pink ensemble
Here a pink knit is chosen to cut a top; the darker pink woven would be a skirt or pants, lined with the pink silky fabric, also cut in a shell to wear under the pink knit top.
gray and black fabric
The chiffon was bought from a barrel out on the street. It will be a blouse over the gray blue fabric, made into a shell. Pants and skirt will be cut from the dark gray fabric.
The blue velvet will make a light-weight summer jacket, worn over the blue fabric, cut into a blouse. The multi-colored fabric will look good as Capri pants, creating an upscale Bohemian outfit.


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  • Jeannette Antry
    November 18, 2021 3:11 pm

    Inspiring content as usual. You always give great ideas and reputable places to invest time and energy to understand how to solve these complex and difficult processes. Understanding color is challenging. As the seasons change, the colors change with it. Knowing you best colors can help one find an easier way to develop a wardrobe that will go from season to season with a more custom approach to our personal color pallets.

    Thanks for such a great blog post and all this great insight you have.


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