"Colorblocking" is one of the biggest trends this season. It's an awesome way to brighten up your spring wardrobe with bold and vibrant colors. I saw this dress by Heidi Merrick and I was inspired to make my own since this one was $437!
To recreate this look, I used Butterick 5522 as my base pattern. As you see, the original design looks pretty boxy and shapeless. I decided to use this pattern because I wanted an a-line fit. I've had this pattern in my drawer since it was first released. I always thought this was a cute dress, being that it was a Trina Turk knockoff. I never got around to making it because I was deterred by the reviews I read. Most referred to the dress as being "tent-ish". When I think of that, I instantly think "maternity-ish" and after being pregnant three times, I ran screaming from that look! But after seeing Cidell's version, I completely changed my mind. Sometimes you need to listen to your instinct instead of completely relying on reviews.
To achieve my inspiration look, I first lengthened the pattern by 2 inches. I made a 1 inch non-dart FBA and changed the sleeve to a slimmer style. I cut the back, front and sleeve pattern pieces into block sections and created new seam allowances. And I also used an exposed zipper because that was a detail of the original design. I used cotton jersey fabric whereas the original used silk crepe.