I can’t seem to get enough lace recently. Perhaps its because I spend so much of my time in jeans and a t-shirt that when I get dressed up I want to really feel classy. But no matter the reason, when I got to participate in the Color Block Dress tour, I knew immediately what I wanted to make.
About a year ago, I had a rare moment alone and found a dress I adored. It was a knit dress much like this with a lace-printed knit and 3/4 sleeves. It fit me so well and was only $15. I wanted it so badly, but there was one problem–it was too short. Now normally that isn’t a problem, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to match the lace-print knit and I didn’t want a solid colored band around the bottom, so I left the dress there. And I’ve thought about it ever since.
Then I saw the Color Block Dress pattern, and I was sold. I even had black knit, white knit, and stretch lace at hand. It was fate.
Having the lace and the white knit as my center panel added a little bit of work as I had to cut extra and baste the pieces together, but it was so worth it!
As far as changes to the directions, I also decided I wanted a little more coverage on the sleeve so I extended them about 2 inches. I also didn’t want the neck band to show, so after attaching it, I folded the whole band under to get a nice stable neckline without the contrast. I also added a row of stretch lace to the bottom for a nice finish.
Since there are several seams all around the dress, it’s easy to adjust where you need to get a really tailored look. I am apparently less hippy than the pattern called for, so I had to take in a bunch at the hips, but I love the outcome.
Now I’m ready for a date with my sweetheart!
The Color Block Dress pattern is now for sale over at So Sew Easy, so head on over and get your copy!
Wow, you look amazing. Adding that lace over the center panel is just beautiful. Now I need to make one just like it. Thanks so much for trying out the pattern, and yes, you are lovely and slim in the hips compared to me!
Thank you Deby! I’m excited that I finally got to recreate that other dress with your pattern!
You AND the dress look fabulous. I’m with you 100% on the lace obsession. Hooray for the “pree-pree”!
It’s so easy to look classy in lace. Pree-Prees to the rescue!
love the lace–will have to remember that 🙂
Thanks, Fenna! You’re fabulous!
Love this dress, you did a FAB job & you look amazing in it!
Aww, thank you Laura.
I love that this is all knit. It looks awesome and I imagine it’s still super comfy. I might have to make me one of these.
It is comfy–now i just have to wait a while to wear it to church…it’s not really nursing friendly. Ha!
You amaze me. There was a pile of fabric. And now there’s a dress. O.o
You just captured what I love about sewing. 🙂
I love this dress! It’s beautiful and you look amazing in it!
Thank you Randi…such a nice compliment!
Fashion models go home the real women are here to stay. You look great in this dress. I never liked the color blocking trend before, but with the lace I like it.
Mwah! Thanks, sis!
I LOVE this! It’s pretty and flattering on you. Looks so comfy too!
Thank you Gretchen! It is comfy!
LOVE this! It is so pretty on you!
Thanks! I feel pretty in it, so that’s a win in my book. 🙂
This is beautiful! I follow Deby’s blog, so when I lose some pesky pounds, I will look into this dress! I love the lace center!
Wow Lisa! You look great and you are so talented!! I am fully on board with the lace trend. I have a few dresses that are lace and I love them. I really like that yours is knit!
Aww, thanks lady! I need to remind myself that everything can’t be made out of lace… 🙂