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    The tips and techniques within this useful reference include how to prepare and cut fabric, mark darts, sew zippers, pin-fit the fabric, press seams, and attach different styles of waistbands. 

    This DVD is a must-have to follow up the fitting DVD.

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A Modern Method To Finding Your Best Colors

I’m not putting a picture with this post – you’ll see why in a bit.

As I mentioned in previous posts, many women, like me, have “mirror blindness,” that is, we can’t see ourselves objectively in a mirror.

The best way I’ve found to overcome this problem is to look at a picture or video instead. That way I see myself the way everyone else sees me.

I wanted to learn what my best colors were for when I was shopping for clothing or fabric to make clothing. So here’s what I did . . .

I took a few pictures of myself in my underwear. These pictures were not meant to be seen by anyone but me!

I uploaded them to my computer and opened them in a photo editing program. I created a new layer overtop the picture and made an empty block in the rough outline of a dress. If you are not very skilled with your photo editer, any shape of block will do. I moved the block to where my neckline is and made it large enough to cover my body.

Next I played with the colors on my computer. I filled the shape in with various colors from the color palette to determine which ones I liked and which I didn’t.

As I changed from color to color, I kept track of what looked good. By the time I finished, I had a palette of colors I liked and a group of them became clear to me. I learned that I look best in jewel tones. Regardless of the actual color (blue, pink, red, etc.), I found out that my colors are those that are intense and clearly distinct. No more muted or earthy colors for me!

Interestingly, my favorite color has always been yellow; the color of the sun. That also happens to be one of the colors I look best in.

I also love purple; opposite on the color wheel to yellow.

By using modern technology (the computer), I was able to do a “color draping” in the privacy of my own home and create a palette of colors that look great on me.

Print off your color palette and carry it in your purse with you for when you’re shopping. Then you won’t be running around the fabric store looking for a mirror!

This also helps tremendously when shopping for fabric or clothing online!

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