I have always been attracted to bright colours and bold prints and I really wanted to come up with a colour palette that I adored. For this, I started with some interesting inspiration: Miss Friday's giant box of crayons. Immediately, I reached for the periwinkle one and remembered that in my crayon box, periwinkle was always worn to a nub! Feeling inspired, I chose red, magenta, carnation pink, olive green, cornflower, indigo, wisteria, and purple as they all really spoke to me.
Putting them all together, as well as keeping in mind the colours I like to wear seasonally, I made my own personal colour palette. This has been an incredibly helpful tool! I refer to it every time I make a fabric purchase, resulting in a stash full of fabrics that I not only love, but also compliment each other. I rarely make something that I don't feel good in anymore and closet orphans are a thing of the past. Wadders, however, still do rear their ugly heads from time to time.
For my Hazel dress, I chose a punchy floral print from Sandi Henderson's Meadowsweet 2 collection. As you can see, fits into my personal palette perfectly; even adding yellows, which I love to wear in summer. It's shown here with some pretty turquoise twill.
Creating your own personal colour palette is something I highly recommend doing. Start with your own closet and focus on the pieces that you love and feel fabulous wearing. After that, inspiration will follow!
Feel free to post your palette questions here or in the Flickr group!