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colorblocked kat dress

Added Mar 21, 2010

by grainline

Chicago, Illinoi...






I started this dress last summer on a whim the day before we had to leave to go to my friend Kat’s wedding in North Carolina. It was turning out so nicely, I decided I didn’t want to rush it, and boy did I take my time. I pulled it out of it’s storage bag about 2 weeks ago and finished it up.

The details : strapless dress with boned interior bustier. Bodice and hem colorblocked piecing with a empire waist in front which dips down to the true waist in the back. The white fabric is cotton, grey is silk and the coral is “assorted fibers” according to the tag at the fabric store. The bustier is canvas (but not regular canvas) and silk charmeuse.


Material Notes

cotton, silk dupioni, “assorted fibers”, silk charmeuse, dressmaking canvas, boning, tricot interfacing, thread, invisible zipper, hook & eye.




Garment Type
Cotton, Silk

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    Nov 9, 2012, 04.12 PMby cathystratton1

    I. Love. this. So beautiful!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 09.39 AMby mausflee

    Great mix of colors and design!

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    Aug 21, 2010, 09.59 AMby lamandine

    This dress is so cute! I love how it fit and the colors are great!

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    Jul 22, 2010, 07.46 PMby meseide

    Gorgeous dress! And I just love the color combination…

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    Apr 26, 2010, 06.13 PMby lizah

    Adorable dress!!!!

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    Apr 25, 2010, 08.45 PMby nolmarie

    i’m in love with this… beautiful!

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    Apr 24, 2010, 02.47 PMby dabura

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! :)

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    Apr 23, 2010, 12.10 AMby grainline

    Thanks everyone! I confess I’m a little swamped right now, so I probably don’t have time to grade this to different sizes and digitize, but I’m working on a possible tutorial on how to turn a basic strapless pattern into this dress. That way it might be easier for everyone to make one in their size?

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    Apr 22, 2010, 03.22 PMby jennifer-anne

    You could probably get the pattern scanned at a copy shop. I don’t know how much it would cost, but I can’t imagine it would be terribly expensive.

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      Apr 23, 2010, 12.09 AMby grainline

      Thanks I’ll look into that!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 05.37 PMby lala86

    well thanks! I just wanted to know how fabic consuming was the project… lovely by the way!.

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    Mar 26, 2010, 02.50 PMby lalunanueva

    wooow, This dress is perfect! sell us the pattern:)

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    Mar 26, 2010, 01.12 PMby ttenden

    Yeah….. it’s awesome! i love it

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    Mar 26, 2010, 12.14 PMby milkyway

    beautiful, what can I say, I am speechlees, !!!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 11.30 AMby msgems

    Wow!! I really really want one… please – pretty please, work out how to digitalise this – soooo many ladies on here would be thrilled of you could! xxx

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      Apr 23, 2010, 12.11 AMby grainline

      I’m trying to work out a possible tutorial for taking a basic strapless pattern and turning it into this dress as soon as I’m not crazy busy…I’ll try to hurry!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 10.52 AMby aadore

    This is gorgeous!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 09.20 AMby nicola82

    You are so clever! :-) Love it.

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    Mar 26, 2010, 08.27 AMby latulipenoire

    This is to die for. Well done. (whines: I want one!)

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    Mar 26, 2010, 05.27 AMby ssarryo

    Wow, job well done.

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    Mar 26, 2010, 01.54 AMby lala86

    amazing! did you cut the red stripe on a circle or is it a straight stripe ok fabric?

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      Mar 26, 2010, 02.20 AMby grainline

      the hem stripe is a contour band, so it has the exact curve of the hem of the grey fabric on top of it. To make one, you just decide how much of the skirt you want to be the stripe, mark that width around the bottom of the skirt, cut that part off and add seam allowance to the cut line on both the skirt and the stripe you cut off the bottom. Then cut and sew them together!

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    Mar 26, 2010, 12.42 AMby seussian

    Pretty pretty pretty :) . . . . . . . . . yeah that’s about it God bless

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    Mar 25, 2010, 09.43 PMby suribabe

    Amazing.. Colors combinations are fab!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 09.10 PMby emmia

    i want iiit ! :D

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    Mar 25, 2010, 08.08 PMby grainline

    Thanks everyone, you guys are too nice! While I do make patterns for a living, I have absolutely NO idea how to get one from my pattern table onto a computer without the use of a very expensive computer system and digitizing table which I no longer have access to…do you guys know how? Help!! hahaha…

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      Mar 26, 2010, 01.51 AMby lala86

      well, if you manage Corel Draw, you can draw it there and make it print at copyshop

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      Mar 26, 2010, 02.07 AMby grainline

      hmm…I don’t have Corel Draw but I’m assuming it’s similar to Photoshop? Still, the pattern is much larger than my scanner and I’m not sure how I would freehand (or maybe free-mouse?) a pattern in a graphics program, I don’t think it would be very accurate. I’ll look into it though.

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    Mar 25, 2010, 07.08 PMby shellidawn

    definitely a fave of mine! Great job!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 06.42 PMby seasidelaundry

    How I love this dress! Who could not? You are living the dream…yet, willing to share. What an asset to this site. That pattern rack you have is one to envy. Beautiful work.

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    Mar 25, 2010, 05.28 PMby nataszan

    Wow! Would you consider selling the pattern?

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      Mar 25, 2010, 08.10 PMby grainline

      I hadn’t thought of that…perhaps? I have no idea how to digitize my patterns at home though…yikes!

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    Mar 25, 2010, 03.26 PMby sadie99

    I love this !! I would love to see a pattern made out of it!

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      Mar 25, 2010, 08.10 PMby grainline

      If I figure out how to upload patterns I will let you know!

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    Mar 24, 2010, 12.08 PMby ink

    Holy MACK this is gorgeous! So so soooo stunning! love the lines…the blue blocking at the bust is lovely how it curves subtly ….so lovely.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 09.51 PMby anna agyekum

    love it so simle and beautiful……inspired and inspiring thank you for posting

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    Mar 23, 2010, 04.43 PMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    love love LOVE!!! especially with the boots. reminds me of how all the girlies were dressed at sxsw last week. once again, another bad ass creation from miss grainline!!!

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      Mar 25, 2010, 08.05 PMby grainline

      thanks so much and SOO jealous you were at sxsw!

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