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2012 March 7
by elizabeth_admin

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, well then you know I’ve been scheming about fabric.  Again.  But more specifically I’ve been ruminating on colorblocking. 

Last summer when I was in a linen buying frenzy from Fabricmart, I bought several colors of the couture linens: fuchsia, orange, brown, tan, white and navy.  I bought the orange and fuchsia linen particularly to make a color blocked sheath dress.  I have always loved that color combo.  LOVED!!!  I think my sister does too. 

My original thinking was that I would just use my TNT sheath dress, B5147, for the pattern. 


I was going to do something simple like one of these combos.  Don’t laugh at my lack of drawing ability please.


But when I posted it on Facebook for my sewing friends to view, Lindsay T gently suggested that I could be more adventurous with my color blocking.  So then I went onto the interwebs to see what I could see.  I put together a mixture of the ones I liked. 


But some of those colorblocking patterns would require more pattern jiggering than I am capable of without a dressform (I haven’t bought one yet).  So then I had the bright idea of finding a pattern which had interesting seaming that would be suitable for colorblocking.  These are the patterns I already have stashed that might work…

Vogue 1123



Vogue 1123 has great seam lines.  I could see the either the pink or the orange on the sides with the opposite color in the middle. 


Vogue 8594


Vogue 8594 also has great bones for color blocking.  I would most likely use the fuchsia for the upper bodice and the orange for the side insets in front and back.


New Look 6799 has some possibilities, but the color blocking will be more subtle with only the rounded neck and waist sections being the opportunities. 

I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do yet.  I need to ponder it a bit yet.  And now I have a new idea to throw into the ring too, I could use three colors for the color blocking.  I’m thinking of either adding the navy or white into the mix.  Not sure yet though. 

Feel free to give me your two cents.  I’m open to all suggestions.  I won’t promise to use your suggestions, but I sure do want to hear your suggestions.  Ideas are welcome!

13 Responses leave one →
  1. March 7, 2012

    I think Vogue 1123 would work. Also if you use a darker contrast color on the sides it’s pretty slimming (you can see this on a lot of exercise gear). Where are you fb?

  2. March 7, 2012

    (Where are you on fb I meant)

  3. March 7, 2012

    I like V1123 for a more “trendy” colorblock (more similar to the inspiration photos), but I think the NL6799 could be a really classy way to do a colorblock dress, and have it be more versatile even if the trend fades. Also, I think I like just the two colors, but if you do decide to mix in a third, I would go with the navy over the white. Don’t know why, just my first instinct.

  4. March 7, 2012

    I love Vogue 8594 – loads of potential for colour blocking!
    Plus the side-panels at the waist if done in white/off white would be v. slimming (I may have to steal that idea – it might give me back the illusion of a waist :).

    I’ve emailed you a pic of 8594 in different colour-ways too hun 🙂

  5. March 7, 2012

    Um…if you wanted something really fun, you could cut some random shapes/strips and sew them together to make new colorblocked “fabric” and then use your TNT to make the dress. That way you wouldn’t need to struggle with fit issues on a new pattern. Just my two cents.

    I like V8594 of the patterns though.

  6. March 7, 2012

    V1123 looks the best. It’s not too fussy but your colour blocking may just make it WOW.

  7. March 7, 2012

    My vote is for V1123. I see that is not an original position! But I think it creates possibilities for a subtle and very sophisticated look. I LOVE orange and fuschia. Those are the colors of my guest bathroom–fuschia walls and orange rug/towels.

  8. Karen Mulkey permalink
    March 7, 2012

    I vote for V1123!

  9. March 7, 2012

    OH! OH!!! I vote for 8594! I think it would be absolutely brain-blowingly amazing. 🙂

  10. March 7, 2012

    Vogue 8594 would be great or Vogue 1123 for a more modern take on the color blocking trend.

  11. SewOm permalink
    March 7, 2012

    I actually vote for your original drawing. There are lots of ways to be adventurous, and I think your color combo is gorgeously adventurous already. Plus, its amazing that you had a very clear vision of a dress in your head, and got the vision on paper, and even already had the materials on hand. I vote for following that vision, and then, if you’re happy with it, make another color blocked garment, using one of the patterns you’ve posted.

  12. March 8, 2012

    1123 for me (also: how is it I do not own this pattern? It’s brilliant!) orange is such a good colour on you; I’d stick with just the orange and fuchsia to get the maximum effect. I can’t wait to see this.

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