Managing color

The flannel that I made DH’s last shirt from is a mix of yarn-dyed bright navy and black in a twill weave.  From a distance, it reads as a dark navy.  This color can be taken for virtually any season, with changes in buttons and/or topstitching.

Here’s a true-to-color picture of the fabric (complete with cat hair – yes, it’s off to the wash before he wears it):


My husband is a summer, with bright blue eyes and pewter brown hair.  So I put brown buttons on this – it plays down the intensity of the color and brings out more of the navy feel.  (Here’s a picture, with too much flash – lightens the colors quite a lot, but you still get the idea).


If my husband were a winter, I’d have gone with black buttons.  If he were a spring, I’d have gone with blue buttons, or maybe green.  If he were an autumn, I’d have gone with darker brown buttons and brown topstitching.

If you ever end up with a shirt that is *almost* your color but doesn’t quite suit you, try changing up the buttons and see where you get.

Here’s another couple of pix of shirts w/buttons… in both cases the buttons *made* the shirt.  Baby blue matches DH’s baby blues, and that hot turquoise loves me… but steel grey buttons and stitching take it up to the next level, and I got mad compliments on that shirt with the red buttons and lace.

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Just something to think about.  Buttons are easy to sew, and your local fabric store has a pile.  You can do SO much with a good button.


2 thoughts on “Managing color

    1. hearthie Post author

      Thank you! I regret to say that it hit the big “oh dear it’s stained” pile in the sky this month, but I’ll remember it fondly. 🙂



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