How changing design colours can transform a design

Good morning, and thank you so much for taking the time to read this post.  I don’t know about you – but I am the first to admit that I struggle with colour choices.  I spend a lot of time on sites such as Pinterest looking for ideas on how to combine colours together in new and interesting ways, as well as what are the current colour trends.  If you take a close look at my design catalogue, you will see that I steer towards a very similar colour pallete in a lot of my designs.

I am always impressed with people who have the innate ability to look at a design, and immediately see it in different colours, and my friend and neighbour Louise is one of those people.

About 3 years ago, I created the collection whimsical butterfly’s.  This was a collection of gorgeous butterfly’s with small touches of candlewicking with them.  I always loved how sweet these designs were, and used them myself on a baby’s blanket, and set of towels.  I never really saw these designs for an adult female, in a dressy manner.


Whimsical Butterfly’s design with the original colouring that i imagined these designs in.

Louise however, has much more vision than me.  She saw the butterfly’s in a monochrome design, highlighted with silver thread, and dancing off a background of printed fabric.

She came to visit a few weeks ago, with the idea of using these designs on a dark blue/black denim skirt she was creating.  Louise is a master sewer, and beautiful dressmaker, and I knew that whatever she created would be wonderful.


Skirt made by the Amazing Louise Fredericks using the Whimsical Butterfly’s Designs

Louise wanted to use the design like a patch, and had purchased some black and white spotted fabric that she wanted to use as the patch.  After brainstorming for a few minutes, we decided to finish off the block using a satin stitch border around the design, but to give it more interest and a little more added detail, we also added in a blanket stitch edge, to make it look a little more “handmade”.


Design as customised by Louise Fredericks with a satin stitch border, and blanket stitch detailing.

Louise used her software that came with embroidery machine, and cut up a design to enable her to embroider the pockets for the back of the skirt as well, using exactly the same techniques.  Cutting the design down to the single butterfly allows for an extra level of detail on the back of the skirt as well.


Pocket detailing of the single butterfly with the same background and edging details.

I love the way Louise has interpreted the design, using Navy, White and Silver threads, in place of the pastels that I created mine with.  They are totally age appropriate for an adult, and yet still give a decorative and fun spin to an outfit.

Happy with the skirt she had created, Louise entered her creation in the Canberra Quilters Exhibition at the Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair in August, and was awarded 3rd place in the Creative Clothing Division.  I am so thrilled for Louise that her amazing work is on display for all to see, that everybody can see what a great talent she is, and that she has allowed me to share her beautiful project with you all.


Louise made her skirt using Butterick 5466 as the base pattern – adding a frill cut on the bias, and then adding the embroidery and a bias binding trim in the same colour as the background.  I really love the level of detail and co-ordination that has gone into this outfit, and when Grace and I went to take photos of the skirt yesterday, Grace was begging for one of her own, meaning that in the next school holidays – only weeks away, it looks like we will be making a skirt!

I hope you have enjoyed a look at this beautiful outfit, and that it will inspire you to create your own designer original.

Until next time, have a Stitchin’ Day.  Julie.

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