Um, sorry, I still can't verbalize it. [This is why I teach technical classes and not design or fine art].
Throwing like colored garments into heaps sometimes helps:
|Too bad these are all tops. They'd make a great mix.|
It was the early 70s. One patched one's jeans -- more patches = more cool. I inherited a pair from Allison, pre-patched (some by me). They required constant repairing.
|The quilt today -- every patch holds a memory.|
I imagine that starting a project such as this is WAY overwhelming. You just want to mix stripes and florals and not look like a clown, right? Click on one of the links below. These ladies explain it better than I ever will!
The Citizen Rosebud -- Pattern Play: 6 Simple Tips for Wearing Mixed Prints
Already Pretty -- Print Mixing for Beginners
Unusual Forum -- Pattern Mixing 101 (found through Already Pretty)
Suze Geeks Out -- How to: 8 simple rules for mixing patterns (found through Citizen Rosebud)
Is there another link that has helped you in your pattern mixing journey? Do tell in the comments!