There's a great post by quiet and small today that very much describes the thought process I've culled from my sewing hiatus. On top of that, Tasia at Sewaholic did a post talking about what colors look best on herself and how we should use that as a guide when sewing.
In that spirit I've put together my own color palette based off of the colors I'm immediately drawn to in my own wardrobe.
(These are all swatch images from fabric.com)
I have a complexion with a lot of red undertones, so a bright red makes me look like a fire engine. A lovely cranberry color, however, brings out the best in my skin. A gentle pink brings out a natural blush. Hot pink is overwhelming.
Blues are best on me, especially grey-blues and seafoam. They keep me from looking warm and bring out my blue eyes! If it is too close to teal it is usually too bright.
Brown is not typically my friend. Any color with shades of brown mixed in tends to make my complexion appear dirty. A chocolate brown, however, is dark enough to give good contrast without washing me out like black would.
Chartreuse is one of the few greens I can wear. If I wear green there has to be yellow in it too.
Navy and all shades of grey are my most common neutrals.
Orange and mustard yellow are great accent colors.