When I first saw the Color Blocked Dress Pattern from So Sew Easy. I knew without a doubt I needed it. I have been looking for a dress pattern with a similar silhouette for some time.
About a year ago I was home for my Grandpa's funeral and had nothing great to wear (I packed something but I didn't like it) so I raided my mom's closet and found a dress perfect for my shape. I received more compliments in one night than I had received in years.
The funny thing is that the dress was originally my mom's friend and she gave it to my mom. Then my mom gave it to me and it has continued to be one of my favorite dresses. The princess seam lines on this pattern make it perfect for elongating and give a good fit.
I had every intention of making it for myself until I thought about Al. As many of you may know Al had a sweet baby girl about 7 weeks ago. I really believe the 4th trimester can be the hardest of all, when you are no longer pregnant and your body is slowly reversing what took 9 months to happen. You are left waiting to feel "like you". I knew this dress could be the perfect celebration of the amazing journey her body has been on and hopefully get her back to feeling herself sooner.
I did make several modifications to the pattern but they were all pretty simple to do & the great foundation of the original pattern made these very easy. Each one was made with Al in mind and we really hashed out what would be best for each detail. The original pattern was quick and easy to follow and these modifications added a bit more time but I love the result.
2. Slashing and Spreading the Skirt: The original dress pattern is quite fitted at the bottom, Al worried that with 3 children 4 and under she wouldn't have adequate movement to keep up with them. I added 2 slashes on each pattern piece cutting straight up from the bottom of the dress to the hip for each slash I spread 1/2". This was very simple adaptation to because Deby was sweet enough to have the chest, waist and hip points marked very well on each piece.
the pattern as your guide.
great pattern, the simplicity makes it perfect for a beginning seamstress & a great jumping off point for an adventurous one.