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?

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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!

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What are you sewing for spring?

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4 thoughts on “Clashing Pattern Shift Dress

  • April 10, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    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.

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    • April 16, 2015 at 8:00 am
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      Those sound lovely! And I really like the image of dashing into spring with our sewing machines!

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  • April 28, 2015 at 1:32 am
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    Love the clashing fabric!! I think the idea to tweak the length of the top is perfect.

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