Clashing Pattern Shift Dress

After spending a lot of time on more complicated projects, I felt the urge to sew up something quick and easy.  With spring in the air, my monthly Prima magazine came through the door with this easy-peasy colour block dress pattern.DSC04934

The fabrics are two that I found at my local Rolls and Rems last year, and they are fun, quirky patterns that I just felt needed to go together.

DSC04933The pattern made up quickly, although when I make it again I think I will make the bottom block a little shorter, and let the top fabric come down lower.  Currently the fabric change occurs right at the widest part of my hips and despite the loose fit I think it makes me look a little boxy.   What do you think?  Would that problem be fixed by bringing the top block longer down, or the bottom block further up?



And then of course there is the British weather to contend with!  Spring may be in the air but it hasn’t hit the ground yet, and the day after I finished this was decidedly chilly.  But what to put with this dress?  In the end I went for spotty merlot coloured tights, which I claim, pick up a tiny bit of merlot present in the dress (and yes I am referring to the colour – not an unfortunate sewing room/drinking incident!).  Not sure if you can see that in the photo, but trust me – it’s there!


So next time – change the blocking, perhaps add a little more shaping, and I’ll be using two fabrics with some pinks and greens in.  Now – come on weather!


What are you sewing for spring?


4 thoughts on “Clashing Pattern Shift Dress

  • April 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    I love dashing into springtime via the sewing machine!! I am using a Butterick pattern, to make a short sleeve shift dress in a deep green fabric. Probably a lighter green would have been more spring like, but this is a deep forest green, very peaceful I think. I am using a second Butterick pattern for a wrap style skirt in a flashy purple satin fabric I bought in India.

    • April 16, 2015 at 8:00 am

      Those sound lovely! And I really like the image of dashing into spring with our sewing machines!

  • April 28, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Love the clashing fabric!! I think the idea to tweak the length of the top is perfect.

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