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From: Sherri
Date: 03-11-2007, 03:03 PM (1 of 15)
OK so I have a problem. I making costumes for an ice carnival at the end of the week, The coach wanted plaid Knee length shorts and swingy fringe tops for the twist group. So I got Blue for the plaid and red for the top. Now the coach says it clashes. I thought that red and Blue were complimentary colours. Anyways anyone have any suggestions. Its very ugly and I am blaming it on the plaid.
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From: paroper
Date: 03-11-2007, 04:00 PM (2 of 15)
I don't know that they clash exactly, but I'm not huge on plaids...

Red and green are complmentary colors. Orange and blue, yellow and purple are complimentary sets. Red, blue and yellow are sometimes used together as are purple, orange and green.

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From: Magot
Date: 03-11-2007, 04:08 PM (3 of 15)
Blue will go with red if it is a warm blue and a cold red. A warm blue is one with a bit of red in it - vearing towards the purple - a cold one will be with more green. A cold red has blue in it, fuschia, magenta - a hot red has more yellow - scarlet for example. You have a cold blue and a hot red which I think is why it doesn't work.

One of the fabrics may need to change - if you go for green plaid (the complementary colour) you will be in danger of looking Christmassy.
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From: weezyrider
Date: 03-12-2007, 09:00 AM (4 of 15)
Been there, done that. I can sympathize. Magot is right - you could shade the top more toward a burgundy, or maybe try a neutral plaid - like brown. Maybe an all navy/dark blue type plaid would work. It's mostly the light blue that's clashing.

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From: Sherri
Date: 03-12-2007, 09:11 AM (5 of 15)
I have to stick with the plaid. How about some suggestions for the top.

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From: weezyrider
Date: 03-12-2007, 09:28 AM (6 of 15)
If you made the top, and can get to a fabric store, then take the plaid and check out colors for the top. Just looking at the pix of threads on the top of this site - the first red looks like it might be OK. It has some blue in it.

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From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 03-12-2007, 10:46 AM (7 of 15)
The outfit is cute to me, but I think if the shorts were a blue and red plaid it would match better. Since the shorts are all blue plaid, I would try to find some sort of blue or white top to match. Plaids, Polka Dots, and all those what I call funky looking fabric is coming back and are very in style now-a-days. I have to admit though, I like them all lol. Goodluck with whatever you come up with. :smile:
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From: kgkiley
Date: 03-12-2007, 01:09 PM (8 of 15)
Because there is no red in the plaid to compliment the top it doesn't look as if they go together. I'd either do a top in a coordinating blue or I'd embellish the top with some of the plaid and embellish the bottom with some of the red.

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From: Patty22
Date: 03-12-2007, 07:14 PM (9 of 15)
I think Kelly hit the nail on the head....the top and the bottoms need to look like they belong together by adding some red to the pants.

It is difficult considering the plaid reads "country" and the fringed top reads "jazzed."

I can't wait to hear how you solved this.......don't you love deadlines and especially when someone tells you what to pick and then doesn't like it.
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 03-13-2007, 05:31 PM (10 of 15)
There is too much light blue to go with that fire engine red.. It needs to be more of a pinky red to co-ord with that light blue.. If the plaid were had a lot more navy, that red would be fine..
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From: Sherri
Date: 03-13-2007, 06:48 PM (11 of 15)
I think this is the soloution I am going with.

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From: esrun3
Date: 03-13-2007, 10:40 PM (12 of 15)
I like that combo!:up:
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-13-2007, 10:50 PM (13 of 15)
That'll work now make some red plaid pants to go with the red shirt and she'll have two outfits. gggggggg:up:
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From: icetbear
Date: 03-14-2007, 05:03 PM (14 of 15)
Sherri great save on this one:smile: What a lovely daughter, such a smile! Enjoy the carnival:wink: Take care.

NanaBear remember back to when she was four, standing on the kitchen table while someone pinned the hem of my 'flower' costume for the winter carnival:re:
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From: Sherri
Date: 03-14-2007, 09:05 PM (15 of 15)
my dd hates all she wants are skirts and sparkles
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