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Spring has sprung!

2012 March 14
by elizabeth_admin

I love NYC in the Springtime.  It’s just gorgeous here and I knew I wanted to wear something springy today.  Something I haven’t worn since summer last year.  The odd thing though is that it is only mid-March, not even officially Spring yet.  Despite how warm it is today and how beautiful the day is here, I feel slightly funny breaking out something so springy and/or summery to wear at my conservative finance workplace.  I had weird fantasies that people would see me and then break out laughing for wearing such springy colors so early. 


I wore it anyway and received not one but two unsolicitations on my dress!!!  I must admit to feeling quite proud right now.  One unsolicitation was from a late 40’s executive in my office building and the other was from a 20-something co-worker.  Now if that’s not a sign that this dress totally rocks, I don’t know what is, because that’s a mighty wide demographic in terms of age and taste. 

What’s that?  Oh, you want to know which dress it was?  Why, the silk twill B5147 sheath dress of course.  A classic sheath in an unusual and beautiful graphic border print.  Tasteful but still a little edgy and definitely one of a kind.


Of course you know I am gonna be breaking out this handsome piece soon.

In other sewing news, I finally made a decision on my colorblock dress design.  I went with something safe that I felt confident about being able to execute using my TNT sheath dress, B5147.  As I have never cut up or significantly altered the look of a pattern before, I wanted to make something simple, but that still had some color impact.  Last night, I started tracing out my pattern and cutting it up.  I got as far as cutting out the front piece only as I wasn’t sure how to add the colorblocking to the back pattern piece so that it would match up exactly with the front piece.   How the front bust darts actually changed the length of the front pattern piece once sewn hurt my head when I tried to figure out where the changes in color would happen on the back.  (Was that a run-on sentence?  I don’t care, my brain still hurts from all the mental contortions I had to make last night just to get the front pattern piece sewn up.)

My plan of attack is to make a muslin of the back pattern piece to baste to the completed and darted front of the dress and to mark the style lines directly on the back muslin.  Then I will take it apart and cut it up to use as my pattern pieces for the back.  Lengthy process?  Yes.  Worth it for the perfectionist in me?  Definitely. 

I am really excited about this dress.  Not only is it a color combo that I adore, but it’s my first foray into using a TNT to create a dress of my own vision (design sounds so hoity-toity for the kind of shots in the dark I am making in this process).  If it works, I could totally see other colorblock dresses in my future.  I will note however, for those of you who have never attempted this kind of thing before, it is a rather lengthy and complicated process for the uninitiated.  At least it is to me as I am not a 3D person naturally.

Happy sewing everyone!

19 Responses leave one →
  1. March 14, 2012

    I love Spring in NYC too! Half my team is wearing bright yellow today (including me).

  2. March 14, 2012

    Yup, that dress does totally rock. Can’t wait to see what is going on with the color-blocking!

  3. March 14, 2012

    I don’t want to further blow your mind, but you could swing those darts to your cute/style lines and would won’t have any “darts”. They’ll be incorporated into the seams that are doing double duty.

    Can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

  4. Elaray permalink
    March 14, 2012

    Fantastic fabric!

  5. March 14, 2012

    Yay for spring! Yay for dresses that survive more than one season!

  6. March 14, 2012

    That is just lovely!!!

  7. March 14, 2012

    You are totally rocking that dress!

  8. March 15, 2012

    You look great in that dress!
    About the colourblock dress, Silvia is suggesting the same thing I mentioned in my comment to your last post: moving the space of darts into the seams for colour blocking. Which could be great but requires a much more significant amount of mental contortion.
    About matching the seamlines at the back to those at the front: your method will work really well, but there are ways to do this on paper. The easiest would be if your pattern has notches to mark the waistline (assuming that your colourblocking seam is below the bust dart but above the waist). In that case you just measure up from the notch at the front and match that at the back. Those notches will match each other when the dress is sewn together and so will those points relative to them. Lacking notches, you could of course measure up from the hemline, or down from the armhole while eliminating the width of darts you encounter (having to close darts for measuring might cause more headaches though).

  9. March 15, 2012

    I love the use of fabric in this dress.

  10. March 15, 2012

    The border print dress is awesome! So go on then, what design did you pick? Can’t wait to see.

  11. Judi permalink
    March 15, 2012

    I echo Catherine’s “awesome” because it is!!! I love the fabric…ever so perfect for that pattern. Gosh…it’s more beautful than any of the ‘designers’ dresses!!!

  12. March 15, 2012

    Fab dress as always…. I can’t wait to see which colour block idea you went with …..

    Rock on spring as our summer rocks out. :o)

  13. March 15, 2012

    One of my favorites of yours! I busted out a sleeveless dress today, too. I felt weird about it, but so ready for it at the same time.

  14. March 15, 2012

    That dress is awesome and I have total fabric envy.

  15. March 16, 2012

    I love your dress the fabric is gorgeous.

  16. March 16, 2012

    Just a quick note to let you know that I am enjoying reading your blog so much I have nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award.
    If you would like to participate, you can read more about it on my blog here

    Thank you!


    Lena Merrin

  17. March 19, 2012


    That is an awesome dress. I added your blog to my RSS feed a couple months ago. I am a beginning/novice sewer and started my own blog to detail my journey as I enter the realm of sewing and I want to document what I learn so that other beginning sewers can learn right along beside me. 🙂

    What advice would you give a novice like me just starting out?


    Sarah Camp

  18. March 21, 2012

    Love the dress and love the fabric

  19. July 4, 2012

    I just loved the way you redesigned the pattern on the dress. It certainly works well for you.

    Also want to say thank you to Lauriana for her suggestion about how to match up the colors at the back. I really have to try something like this sometime very soon. But I am sure I am really ready for it yet certainly not enough to go public with anyhow.


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