Color Block Obsession

I’ve developed an obsession with two patterns the past week.

Vogue 1316:

Specifically, the one made by Carolyn with pockets:

Kat Strapless Dress from Grainline studio:

I’ve actually been obsessed about Jen’s Kat dress when I first found her in burdastyle.  But a recent project (to be revealed) reminded me how much i loved that curve she added below the bust.

After obsession with them for a few days, I realized they are both color block dress. I know I am pretty late to the color block party but but… I think I will make both this year, especially if i dont get distracted. They are actually perfect – one for work and one for play. But I am almost paralyzed with excitement. There are just SO MANY possible color combinations!!

Nice readers, can you suggest some color combo for me before I set about buying all sorts of fabric? For vogue pattern, I need 4 colors, and for the kat dress, I need three. I have some initial ideas: I wanted a navy-red-tan-white combo for the vogue dress, but that combo seems to look so fun on the kat dress and im not sure if it works well in a work setting. For the Kat dress, I am thinking about a purple-tulip-white combo… What do you think? Suggestions please!!!

Lastly, do you prewash the fabrics like crazy before a color block project? I am always annoyed that the darker fabric seems to dye the lighter fabric during washes post project, even if I had pre treated my fabric! It seems the worst in silk fabric. I am hoping the issue wont be too bad in cotton and linen!

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14 responses to “Color Block Obsession

  • Sassy T

    I don’t know personally but I think it would be fun to go matching in fabric shop as you may come across a combo that you would never have put together and think wow that so looks the Biz.

  • KM

    I’m super excited for you to start making them too! Love those dresses. I would suggest:
    1. Different shades of a color combined with either a cream color or black to separate them or
    2. A combi of pink and purple somewhere.

    And I would also agree with the person above suggesting you just go to the store and see what you came up with =)

  • Marilise

    I always pre-wash (maybe a couple of times) fabrics if the garment is to be washed. I’d bekind of leery of using a white fabric combined with darker fabrics. However, those dye-catcher sheets they sell in the detergent aisle might work at keeping the darker dye in the wash and rinse water from attaching to the white fabric in a color-block dress.

  • Marilise

    Glad to be of help! The brand I have is called Shout Color-Catcher but there are probably other brands out there, too.

  • Angela

    Those are fabulous renditions! Hehe… can’t wait to see your versions! There are too many ideas to narrow down what fabric choices to make… such endless possibilities!

  • Carolyn

    Thank you for featuring my dress 🙂 have you decided on a colour combination yet?

    • juebejue

      😀 I have decided on a purple/floral for the kat dress and started sewing it – its all from my stash. for the vogue dress, i think i will do white-red-beige-navy, or some sort like that. The problem is that I have the navy that I want to use – but I am having a hard time finding the same weight and stretch fabric for the other colors. the hunt is still on!

      on the other note – i got the vogue pattern for $4 the other day!

  • Ngoc

    I want to see more jewel tones on you since I think you look great in them! Maybe emerald as the main color and silver as the accent. But amethyst is pretty too! Nice fall colors.

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