I know, long time no see, but I do have something exciting to share with you! We’ve officially created our first Clarisse’s Closet sewing pattern, which is now published and available to download on Pixie Faire! We chose the romper design used in our summer and fall collections last year as our first pattern, and think it’s a fun style to sew, with sleeve and trim options that give you a chance to be creative with the finished look. If you make one be sure to share a photo!
Check out the pattern here!
Here’s another great question from the style question giveaway: How do I mix patterns in an outfit without them clashing?
Although it may be intimidating to mix patterns in an outfit, it’s also a great way to be creative with your dolls’ wardrobe. Carefully selected prints can be paired together to create a fun fashion statement, but the wrong combination can lead to a fashion disaster! Here are some strategies for mixing patterns that will help you and your dolls stay fashionable, along with some examples I found from some of my favorite Etsy shops! (Click the images to visit the Etsy page).
- Pick patterns that contrast in density. A busy pattern without a lot of background space paired with a more sparse, or spread-out pattern creates contrast between the patterns.
From Forever18Inches on Etsy
- Pick patterns that contrast in scale, with one print having larger designs, and the other much smaller. This also creates contrast between the patterns, helping the outfit to not look too busy.
From Unending Treasures on Etsy
- Having common colors between prints can help them look more cohesive, so try to match pieces that contain similar colors.
- Simple geometric prints, such as polka dots, stripes, or gingham, pair well with larger prints such as florals. Particularly if they are in neutral colors, the simple prints can almost serve as a neutral in an outfit.
- Use solid colored items to break up an outfit that seems to have too many patterns going on. The solid tank in this next outfit breaks up the patterns in the pants and cardigan.
From 123MulberryStreet on Etsy
- Small pieces that don’t cover as much “skin” are easier to use when mixing patterns, simply because you’re not seeing as much of the pattern. In this last outfit, the contrasting patterns in the tank and shorts create a fun, bold look, but if the prints were in a long-sleeve tee and long pants, the patterns might be overwhelming.
From EverydayDollwear on Etsy
What are your favorite prints to mix?
I decided to test yesterday’s theory out again, this time mixing patterns. I stayed within the burgundy/cream/hint of green color world, and didn’t use too many different textures (2 knits and 2 cottons), but I mixed some pretty fun patterns. Again, the idea was “eclectic, but not eccentric.” I love how this sweater looks with this tunic dress, especially since the dress is sleeveless and this allows me to get more use out if it during the winter! With plain tights and a simpler hair accessory, I think I could look quite sophisticated, but with patterned tights and a patterned headband, the look definitely has a side of fun.
What I’m wearing:
Dress: By Kate Lauren
Sweater: Clarisse Original
Tights: Modified Women’s Sock
Boots: AG Pretty and Plaid