I think it’s fun to mix things up and create your own matches across fabric collections. When things don’t match perfectly, it’s a little more interesting. And when you pull fabrics together from different collections, your designs will be less predictable. Start looking to make eclectic combinations, and you might find some surprises in your fabric stash or in the fabric store.
Here are a few photos from the Flickr group that caught my eye.
I love gingham with floral prints. The combination of the angular squares with the softer, rounded shapes of the flowers in this Tea Party Sundress is visually interesting, and the white space on the floral balances the busier regularity of the gingham.
Notice the completely different feel of the two prints selected for this Swingset top. You wouldn’t ordinarily think of combining a more conservative floral print with a more contemporary abstract print. But they work very well together–not despite, but because of, their differences.
And, finally, this is a 2+2 tunic I recently made for S. The colors are similar, while the oversized scale of the trim fabric complements and balances the smaller print used for the rest of the blouse.
Bottom line: don’t be afraid to be eclectic when you’re selecting fabrics to coordinate for a garment. Eclectic can be interesting.