Color Blockin’

I am reeeally digging the color blocking trend this season, so I got pumped when I saw Vogue 8805. I wanted to make this dress because it looked like something quick that I could throw on over some leggings and boots or transition into warm weather nicely. I read a bunch of the reviews on it and it seemed easy enough to put together. I’ll say it was quick, but for some reason halfway through the process I got in my head that it was going to turn out horrible. Not sure if it was the fabric (slinky ponte knit for the top and middle color blocks- I wanted them to be more of a heavy jersey knit) or because my serger started getting all cranky on me, but I got the maybe I should throw in the towel blues on this dress. Luckily I stepped away and took a little breather before finishing it, I think it turned out cute!

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I cut a straight size 10 which ended up being the perfect size. This pattern had custom fit bust sizes, I am usually a C-cup however after reading the other reviews and going by the sizing on the pattern I went ahead and cut the A cup because this pattern runs pretty big apparently. I think I made the right choice.

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I have a ton of the red knit that I used for the bottom block, I plan to use the rest for a full dress. Not sure what just yet….  For the middle and top I ordered pone knit from fabric.com and although they both had the exact same description the ivory knit was much more light and sheer than the brown and they were both slinkier than I had anticipated. I guess that’s the nature of the beast when ordering fabric online without a swatch first  :/  It worked out ok though, the brown knit is heavy and doesn’t show too many lumps and bumps.

I picked these colors because I just bought this rad metal necklace on my trip to Nashville with my hubs last month and I thought they would go nicely. The necklace needs a high neckline or else it just goes straight down my cleavage! I love it though, had to bring it home with me.

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Have you ever made an outfit specifically to go with one accessory? I feel like I have done this a couple times, but I am a sucker for statement jewelry!

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Lisette shirt dress… take 25!

Ok I think I have an addiction problem with this shirt dress pattern… this is seriously like the 5th version I’ve made. I just wear all of them so much that I figure I can’t go wrong with another! I found this vintage plaid shirting with a silver metallic stripe weaved in the grain and I immediately had a vision of this shirt dress. I know I need to branch out and try new items but for some reason I just haven’t been really drawn to many of the new patterns that have been released this season, and that is cross the board on all the companies. A lot of them look very similar to patterns I already own so I figured hey if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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The good thing about making the same pattern over and over is that it sewing it becomes a piece of cake. I sized this up 2 sizes bigger than normal because the shirting material doesn’t leave much room for stretch or movement. I didn’t really follow the directions but if you are making this dress for the first time they are pretty good. For the collar pressed under both edges of the opening after turning it right side out and top stitched it right onto the dress. I found this much quicker and easier than lining up the raw edges and catching the fold. It also looks much more clean and finished. I also omitted all the interfacing the dress calls for, this is a casual dress so I don’t think having stiff plackets and a collar is really necessary.

 

 

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I love how it turned out, I think its definitely more of a spring print but whatever I don’t care, clearly I have spring fever in January. I wore it out last night with sweater tights and boots and it was a-ok!

I would tell you that I probably won’t make another one of these Lisette shirt dresses, but we all know that is a big fat lie- its a tried and true! I keep hoping that they will release more Lisette patterns since I love so many of the ones they have available but I guess time will tell.

 


The Aztec dress

This week we have had unusually warm weather for January, yesterday was a high of 70. I know this will be short lived and I am way jumping the gun, but it has me giddy for spring and new fun dresses! I found this amazing tribal/Aztec knit on Etsy and I found myself envisioning it made up in Simplicity  2443. This has a simple silhouette with a gathered skirt and a racer back.

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I’ve made this dress once before in a peacock print blogged here, and I totally forgot what a pain it was to attach the bodice to the straps. I used a solid black knit that I had in my stash to add some contrast to the straps, I had hoped I would be able to leave off the interfacing however this knit was super flimsy so there was no way around it. I think the interfacing made the straps fit a little strange, and I about lost my cool trying to get the racer back sewn in nice and even. I ended up just top stitching it on and it still is lopsided and less than great… grrrrr… I may go back and try to fix it before I wear this in warmer weather, but for now I plan to wear a sweater over the dress so I am going to give it a rest for now.

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Other than the back I love ow it turned out, I am totally digging the tribal print trend right now. Its bright and fun, and this dress is super comfy. I can’t wait until spring gets here! Here’s hoping that ground hog doesn’t see his shadow in a month.

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