It was looking like I was out of luck. However, I then remembered an old tip that once you purchase a fabric, you can use it any way you wish. Flipping pieces to their back, I suddenly had a new range of options and my problem was soon solved.
This tip won't work with every fabric - particularly batiks. But, particularly if you happen to have a collection of dark value prints, it is worth checking the second side. You are likely to find a lighter version of a pattern that you like.
|Two examples where the 'wrong side' of the fabric was right.|
|I used the fabric on the right. It's right side would have been too yellow to blend with the fabric at a diagonal but the backsite was just right.|