Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Color-Blocking like a Boss! [Sew What? Series Simplicity Dress Pattern 8094]


[This outfit was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

First off let me say my original post for this dress was for Fabric Mart. I chose these linen hues from their enormous Linen collection. I just wanted to share this color-blocking goodness with my Peeps!

I treated this fabric dirty from the beginning. I threw it in the salt-water on a regular cycle and then I threw it in the dryer on high. YES, I did and I’ll do it again, I tell ya. Why did I do it you ask? Well unless I am working with a delicate or formal wear fabric, I want to try it like I don’t have a care in the world. I want to see how this fabric will react if it was accidentally washed in the machine or maybe mistakenly thrown in the dryer...on high, what will happen? If it all works out I will have eliminated any possible shrinkage and bleeding before I make my garments. There was shrinkage but not too much. I always buy a little extra just for this reason.
So I had my fabric and my pattern Simplicity 8094 the maxi sleeveless version of the top/dress and the shorts. I used a size 12 for Mori and I'm thinking that it could have been a little bigger around her arm-circle and neckline. It was fitting just right so I think the next time I will go up in size, she wants a few knit versions of this dress.  I will also like to make the shorts wider in the legs. 

Color-Blocking was always the plan but How to do it was the question. I decided after seeing a few statement necklaces that would be the way to go. I cut out a few shapes, put them together and got busy. The black bias trim makes those pieces POP right off that dress...don’t cha think?

...and this is where we end our post, checking in on the blog! 
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  1. Wow! That is one amazing color blocking.

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  2. I LOVE...LOVE...LOVE this tunic/dress! You have used this traditional, conservative fabric in the most modern way! BRILLIANT color combination! BRILLIANT embellishment! GENIUS styling!!! Another hit out of the park! Great job!
    Ruqayyah (ReDpants Designs)

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    1. Thanks ReD! I love this one minute pattern! The simple design lets the fabric be the star, so I was able to play with this one.

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  3. Absolutely lovely. I love love love linen and your look is the business.
    Great color blocking, love these colors together. You have an amazing attention to detail. Great post.

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    1. Thanks, I think the details make magic happen!

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  4. So so so stunning, and very inspirational! I really love this.

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  5. Your tunic is beautifully made and looks very designer.

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    1. Aweeee thanks, that's a super cool compliment!

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  6. ohlala, what a great way to use colors!!! Clicking through your blog makes one really happy.... you are a real artist.. ciao ciao

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    1. Thanks you thanks and you're always welcome over here!

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  7. LOVE this look! Everything you make is simply fabulous!! I noticed your daughter that on at your birthday party and I was wondering if you made it. GREAT JOB!!

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  8. Just amazing. I love this statement piece.

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    1. Yup, I did a little pat on my own back when I finished this one.

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  9. Wow! I love how graphic this is! The black contrast was an inspired choice.

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    1. I know Righttttt! I needed something to make the design pop and that black did the trick lovely.

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  10. LOVE the dress and statement detail! Great job!

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  11. This is awesome! I love the colors you chose. . I could see this in stores. . I take a size 6.. :)

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  12. You are a real talent! Thanks for this post, I will copy your idea well just for fun I'll try different shapes for the appliqué and make me one, Its just gorgeous! I only hope to look as cute as Mori!

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    1. Please share it if you make one, I'd like to see it.

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  13. I love that color block/statement necklace idea.

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  14. gorgeous colors and design - i love the black edging around the colors - looks like stained glass - wonderful make!

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    1. You're right Kate, it does remind you of stained glass!

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  15. Beautiful job on the color blocking - and amazing work on the bias tape. The colors are great.

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  16. I love this color combination. Great job color-blocking.

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    1. Thanks that's kinda my new passion I think, I just use a lot of denim!

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  17. Phenomenal dress. That color blocking is fabulous. Gorgeous, gorgeous work!!

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  18. Oh my, you look the total Queen in this orange and pink tunic and shorts (?). What a gorgeous ensemble you put together! I love it. You wear it beautifully, too.

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    1. Rowena, that's my daughter Mori and thank you soooo much.

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  19. Bonito tu vestido, acabo de encontrar este blog y es interesante. Besos

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    1. Gracias tanto por parar cerca y espero verte de nuevo !

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