Each year the Pantone color institute designates one color they feel really expresses the essence of the year and will be trending strongly in apparel.  This year’s choice is Classic Blue, a clear true royal softened just slightly.  If it’s a favorite for you – as it is for me – you should find a…

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If you have soft, gentle coloring you’ve probably already learned that so many fashion-favorite colors – the so-called “jewel tones” – can overpower you entirely.  But right now you’re in luck, with soft colors featurd prominently in several national women’s specialty stores and e-tailers.  Read on to meet one such woman, see her optimal colors…

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I’m sewing more of my clothes these days, and even with a lot of background in that art I still occasionally make some dumb mistake that threatens to ruin the garment.  Here are two examples – both the oops and the save.  Enjoy!

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After reading about Yvonne’s adventures weeding out her garments, accessories and stash of fabrics yardage, Kathy wanted to do the same. After a color  consultation at the SewEXPO event  last week, we evaluated samples of some of her fabrics based on those color recommendations, her tall and somewhat atheletic build and her relaxed lifestyle. Here’s…

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At least if you have warmer coloring,  an item in golden caramel can be a fabulous topper for bottoms in black, navy, dark green, charcoal and chocolate … to name a few.  Chico’s has a variety of tops in a color they call – inticingly – Rum Caramel.

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As we increase our understanding of the environmental impact of wardrobe waste, we are looking for best ways to  Reduce, Re-use, Recycle.  Dyeing some of our current clothes to new, more flattering colors is one great way to head down the Re-use path, and it’s actually a lot of fun too.  Be aware that dyeing can…

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Every closet audit is exciting in its own way.  And the more a client’s personal characteristics and wardrobe tastes differ from my own, the more of an adventure the process becomes – at least for me.  So when Yvonne brought me to her lovely home in Nashville to help refine her extensive collection of artisinal…

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Yvonne wisely undertook her major wardrobe overhaul while her Mr. Wonderful was out of town, and by the time he returned she had accomplished some serious reorganizing.  You can see pictures of her new purchases and her newly ordered closet below …

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Today at an all-day leadership training session, 5 of the female participants were wearing variations of the soft neutral, blush pink that makes Caucasian skin tones positively glow.  This fresh color is a wonderful substitute for ordinary white blouses and T shirts and mixes with nerly any neutral – black, brown, navy, taupe and sage…

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Even though Yvonne had barely sewn a stitch for nearly 20 years, that didn’t stop her from buying fabric.  Sound familiar anyone?  Now that a lifestyle change has her focused on using her sewing skills toward a wardrobe update, one big question is “which fabrics  do I tackle first”.  Take a look at how we…

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