I Am Colorful

fuchsia and scuba sweatshirt

So, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that has been reading my blog for more than, say, a day. But I really love color! I love wearing bright colors and surrounding myself with bright colors. And sewing is a big part of enabling my fascination with color.


The only living space that I’ve gotten to spend time and money decorating entirely to my own wishes was when I lived in a studio apartment in San Francisco in the first several years of graduate school. The walls were white, most of my furniture was white (Ikea laminate was about all I could afford), but my accent colors were fuchsia, lime green, and orange with pops of lemon yellow here and there and faux flowers everywhere. I re-covered my couch in yellow fleece, chair in pink velour, and pillows in rainbow faux fur. I loved it! I immediately felt happy when I walked into the room, even if I did receive the critique from friends that it felt like being in an Ikea show room on hallucinogenic drugs. Ha!

california cookie jar yellow hippo and cat

I went from there to living with my (now) husband and we used all of his furniture. And everything was grey and brown and it never really felt like me. I started collecting vintage yellow cookie jars for our bedroom just to bring some color in! The longer we’ve been together, the better we have gotten at understanding each other’s needs and communicating our own needs, so I’m looking forward to building a more colorful home together that suits both of us when we find a home of our own.

Sewing definitely helps me to enable brightness in my life. I can find ridiculous colorful fabric, even when the clothes in stores aren’t in my chosen palate. Even if I want a tamer ensemble, I can choose crazy linings, so that I make myself smile, even if nobody else sees them.

I think my love of color is one of my more defining characteristics – I often have friends share pictures of brightly colored things with a note “This reminded me of you” and that’s okay by me!

Do you like wearing bright colors? Do you surround yourself with bright colors? Does sewing affect your choice of colors?


Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on TwitterInstagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.

Comments 9

  1. I love color: muted, “off” colors for clothing and decorating, bright colors occasionally for quilting. I love to combine colors into outfits that make the colors sing with each other!

  2. This is something I’ve been contemplating this week as I’ve worked tthrough Colette’s wardrobe architect series. On the one hand, I love colour! Orange & purple, checks and florals! I want a floral Jimi Hendrix style suit, and a bright yellow tutu. And why not wear them together?!? On the other hand I’m currently a bit stressed (end of a degree), and when I feel like this I feel more confident wearing muted beigeness that lets me melt back and observe the world without the world paying too much attention to me.

  3. Color is one of my defining characteristics too. I love it and surround myself in the colors I love. I am also really affected by it. I didn’t realize how much until this fall. My job has my family moving every couple of year, but does provide housing in which we have very little say. This go around has red carpet and they painted the walls beige but with a hint of red. Every time I came house I was irritated and couldn’t figure out why, until I finished painting my sewing room and felt so much better in it.

  4. I am just becoming comfortable with colour especially wearing it. I am more comfortable blending in however I am realising the more colour I wear the happier I feel.

  5. This is my new year’s resolution most years. Not there yet except with shoes and linings. Really inspiring reminder to self though, thanks.

  6. I am very aware of color, too. I love cool colors for decorating, and brighter colors for clothing.

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