Jill here. If you have ever been afraid of sewing a bias cut garment, fear no more. With Rhonda Buss taking you through step-by-step it’s almost guaranteed that you will have a beautiful wearable garment. Plus, with the Fashion In Harmony Magic Bias Dress sewing pattern, so expertly drafted you’ll see how wonderful sewing a bias garment can be.
Today, Rhonda is talking about color blocking for your dress, should you decide to use this as an option. It can really jazz up a garment.
When it comes to playing with color, there’s a kid in all of us! While coloring books are fun, why not put your efforts toward creating an interesting garment? The Magic Bias Dress from Fashion In Harmony is the perfect pattern for playing with color. With this one pattern, the possibilities are almost endless. You could wear the same pattern in a different color configuration every day of the week, and everyone would think that it’s a completely different dress.
The dress that I made for the magazine shows the dress in it’s simplest form, all the same fabric, giving it a very classic look.
Believe it or not, a border print will render a color blocked dress. In the picture below, you see the fabric before it was cut, and after it was cut. Just a fun tie-dye print.
And here’s the dress.
Just to refresh your memory, the picture below shows the main patterns pieces of the dress. For the tie-dye dress, the large pattern piece was laid along the side of the fabric (the straight of grain) so that the bolder orange would sweep around the front to the back. To give contrast and a sense of coloring blocking, the long triangular piece was cut where the orange fades into the yellow. The front yoke, the smallest pattern piece, was then cut in the orange section of the border print.
The back of the dress. (The dress has not been pressed in this picture)
As you can see, the orange fades beautifully from the shoulder, and then pops at the hem. Although only one fabric was used, it gives the illusion of three fabrics.
Since there are three pattern pieces to the dress, you could actually use 3 different colors or three coordinating prints to create interest.
Here’s a fun idea! Print off the picture below and use it as a coloring page. It would be a great way to test out where you would like each color to go without actually cutting into your fabric.
Another possibility would be to sew fabrics together, basically creating your own border print. This is also a great possibility for when you have a fabric that you would like to use, but there just isn’t enough for the entire garment. When choosing coordinating fabrics, just be sure that they are of the same weight and drape.
Sew as many fabrics together as you would like. Of course it’s best to sew the fabrics together prior to cutting out the dress. Here is a good example where doing a little color planning using the sheet above as a coloring page, will be an advantage to creating your dress.
Once the coordinating fabrics have been sewn together, simply lay out the pattern pieces. Be sure to line up the notches on the triangular pattern piece to the main body of the dress.
Here’s my dress using the method above. Again, pressing is needed!!!
This is a very slimming look as the angled line draws the eye down toward the hem of the dress.
From Julianne Bramson, the designer of Fashion In Harmony patterns, here’s another example using just one extra piece of fabric on the lower edge of the main pattern piece. So you can see that the possibilities are truly almost endless.
Another great option would be to cut the pattern down and use it as a blouse pattern. Two fabrics were used to create the sample below.
Hopefully this post will help you to look at your fabric stash with new eyes. You now see that border prints will work beautifully with this pattern, as will coordinating prints, and even coordinating colors. Depending upon your fabric choices, the pattern can be everything from sophisticated and elegant, to fun and funky! So by all means, have fun.
In our next post, we will actually sew the dress together. You’ll see that it goes together rather quickly.
Something to keep in mind,
If you would like a different sleeve option, you will find 2 free downloads on the Fashion In Harmony website.
You can find a 3/4 length sleeve that is cut on the straight of grain HERE.
And you can find a cute and flirty flitter sleeve pattern HERE.
Until next time,