The Colorblock Dress

Colorblock womens Dress

I made myself a little black dress.

Well mostly black. That still counts, yes?

Deby over at So Sew Easy has come up with a pattern that can easily be used to put a twist on the little black dress. The Colorblock dress. I made mine with a solid black side panel and a fun, but neutral print in the center.

The dress is designed to be fitted, I was running right in between sizes I was feeling generous with myself so I went with the lower size, going up would ease your fit I’m sure.

colorblock dress


womens colorblock patternI think the pattern does allow for a variety of looks. I sewed up a going-out style Colorblock, but with a different knit and up a size you could easily have a dress with a very different feel.

I think it would be fun to try it with a sweater knit, or something a little more suited to the fall weather, paired with a cute cardigan. I’m behind in my Fall weather prep- I like to hold on to the very last of the summer for as long as possible!

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The dress came together really quickly, all of pieces and panels matched up nicely. Some experience with knit would help since you are working around curves. As with all knit projects gentle without a lot of tugging and pulling will get you the best result.

The Colorblock is the So Sew Easy’s pattern of the month this August. Find out more about the pattern HERE.

Happy Sewing,


I was provided a free copy of this pattern as part of the Colorblock pattern tour.


{ 25 comments… add one }
  • Rachel August 24, 2014, 10:43 am

    Looking really good! Those are your colors.

  • Amy mayen August 24, 2014, 12:24 pm

    I love it, great styling too! Oh grrr now I’m reminded that I need to do some fall sewing. I’m very behind!! I have a nice Hacci knit in beige that I want to try but I’m not sure what I want to make with it. Do you have more projects for you coming up?

  • Deby at So Sew Easy August 24, 2014, 2:33 pm

    Wow, you look a knockout in that dress! Classy and classic, elegant but still not too dressy. Great choice of fabrics and I can see you made a great job with the curves.
    Thanks for trying out the pattern for me, I love to see how people interpret the design.

  • Pam @Threading My Way August 25, 2014, 7:41 am

    Deby’s right… classy and classic. A dress that won’t go out of style. Love the black teamed with the patterned grey, Rachel.

  • Mae August 25, 2014, 8:58 am

    This is awesome- the fit looks spot on!

  • Ajaire August 25, 2014, 8:58 am

    Oh girl it looks amazing! I love this look so much! Great fitting too. I have the penny from kitchycoo which has a similar idea but with knits and it flares a bit more in the skirt. I’ll have to check this one out too.

  • Ajaire August 25, 2014, 8:59 am

    What?!? It’s knit?!? It looks like a gorgeous tweed or something. Wow I’m even more in love with it now. 🙂

  • Stephanie August 25, 2014, 9:08 am

    Rachel, you look amazing! Love the dress, I have a similar store bought one that is so versatile.

  • Annie August 25, 2014, 9:48 am

    I love the dress, you look fantastic! Color block using knit sounds challenging, grate job!

  • Daniela August 25, 2014, 10:02 am

    You look great on that dress! Beautiful work and lovely fabric choices…now I HAVE TO have one 😉

  • Seamsoddlouise August 25, 2014, 2:10 pm

    Amazing job, this looks awesome.

  • April August 25, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Rachel, this dress looks amazing on you! So stunning! I love the color blocking and you picked the right size. Love it!

  • Sarah Helene August 25, 2014, 6:39 pm

    I agree with many comments, you look AMAZING & stunning in this fitted “color blocked dress” you sewed! Classic black fabric with a dark grey for the center panel. Your choice of accessories: bright RED thin belt & scarf/shawl add PIZZAZ! FAB black shoes too! BRAVO to you! Thanks for sharing. Sarah in Minneapolis

  • Lightning McStitch August 26, 2014, 5:58 am

    Holy smokes, that is one HOT looking dress!!! You look fantastic Rachel.

  • Chelsea August 26, 2014, 8:49 am

    Totally rocking it! Great job. Loving the fabrics too!

  • Navy Wifey Peters @ USS Crafty August 26, 2014, 9:51 am

    I love this dress! I often wear black and gray, and I love the red accessories!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party!

  • Erika August 26, 2014, 11:55 am

    This is a great looking dress! Very flattering on you. I’m in need of one of these color blocked dresses as well, who cares if it’s a fading fad. 🙂


  • Kristina & Millie August 26, 2014, 12:18 pm

    you look fabulous darling! wow what a great dress and love the color block!

  • Robin August 26, 2014, 10:11 pm

    I love, love, love your take on the little black dress. It looks absolutely beautiful on you, and I love the pop of red that you added. I love all the different versions of the Color Block Dress that I’ve seen, but your version has to be my favourite. Well done. I also made this dress as a pattern tester. My blog post for the Color Block Dress is at:

  • Deanna {sewmccool} August 28, 2014, 12:21 pm

    What a great dress! The belt really makes it, too. So impressed!

  • Jenya August 30, 2014, 7:22 am

    The dress looks fabulous on you Rachel! Love the styling, too 🙂

  • Cindy September 7, 2014, 7:13 am

    You’re a knockout! I love this dress! It’s so pretty and you accessorized it perfectly. Hot, Hot, Hot!

  • Becky October 31, 2014, 7:13 am

    Whoaaa! You look awesome! This dress fits you perfectly. Very nice job!!

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