Designer Fabric Combinations

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It can be a challenging task for many when it comes to coordinating fabrics and creating a cohesive look for one’s handbag style.  With so many interesting colours, patterns and textures to consider it can get a bit overwhelming.  I’ve put together a few design tips to keep in mind when attempting to mix colours and patterns to create that designer look.

CREATING THAT DESIGNER LOOK

Tip #1.  Group in odd numbers: sets of three work nicely. (see the Rule of Three).

Tip #2.  Contrast your colour palette to create an interesting look and repeat the colours in your choice of embellishment details throughout your bag project.

Tip #3. Still don’t know what colour pathway to choose? Take your cues from the colours in your wardrobe.

Tip #4.  Consider the “60/30/10 Rule”: 60% for your main fabric choice, 30% for the secondary contrast, and 10% for the trim accent.

Tip #5.   Start off by pulling colours from your main pattern first to apply to the second and third patterns so your grouping looks cohesive. An easy way to do this is to, first select a colourful print; then choose one of the colours in that print for the matching stripe or check; lastly, add a solid fabric in that same or complimentary colour.

Tip #6.  If you are going for a more serene subtle exterior look be sure to add in sheen and textured fabrics so that the bag-styling has visual interest. Or opt for a vivid colour or ornate patterned print for the interior lining fabric.

Tip #7. Try mixing patterns in a range of scale sizes. Example: a large floral, a medium geometric and a small stripe while adding in your solid colours providing relief to the eye so that you avoid a busy look.

Tip #8.  Use large scale patterns for large totes and small patterns for smaller purses.

Tip #9.  If you would like your bag design to appear harmonious and pleasing to the eye, consider bag fittings and hardware colours and finishes. Have them match in similar hues, values, and finishes.

Remember to have fun and choose colours and patterns you absolutely love.  Patterns give personality to a fashion accessory design so don’t be afraid to use them.  Here are a few fabric pattern groups to give you the idea:

CLASSIC COLOUR MIX

classic mix

ACHROMATIC COLOUR MIX

charcoal and taupe

WARM COLOUR MIX 

flamingo

COOL COLOUR MIX 

magenta flowers

METALLIC COLOUR MIX

metallics

MODERN GEOMETRIC MIX

modern mix

HIGH CONTRAST MIX

poppy 2

SEASONAL COLOUR MIX

nature

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4 responses to “Designer Fabric Combinations

  1. Beautiful pattern and color selections! Great article.

  2. Brunella

    Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  3. Robyn McGain

    I love the combination of the colours. Great advice thank you

  4. Suzanne

    Love the fabric selections, and thankyou for the article, all your articles are so inspiring.

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