Dresses: Day 50

So, remember the Tetris Dress? In case you don’t remember … back in 2006 I idly remarked that someday I’d love to have Tetris fabric, so that I could make a border-print Tetris dress. Then, in 2009, the extremely awesome (and cool) Jenny at  made some Tetris fabric with . A few months later … this dress happened.

I should really go check how many people find my blog after googling “Tetris dress”, shouldn’t I? It’s still one of the dresses I get the most emails about. (I wore it to give a short talk at the .)

Here’s a closer look at the very-80s-blue front facings:

Here’s the back … I almost didn’t get that yellowy-greeny piece to clear the middle back seam.

This pattern is Vogue 9670, which I’ve made quite a few times. Here’s the side zipper:

The bright blue pockets:

And, of course, the most important part — the border.

I don’t wear this that much anymore, because the fabric wasn’t entirely colorfast … there’s fading on the skirt:

And on the bodice:

And especially at the front waist seam:

Now when I buy digitally-printed fabric I wash it first with this (it is extremely poisonous and has a super-scary label, but it works …) and I haven’t had as many problems with fading since trying this trick. (I don’t do a separate soak, just running it through the regular wash seems to do the trick.)

I miss wearing this dress, though, because it always gets a great reaction (and , it seems). Is there anyone who doesn’t love Tetris?

(And … we’re halfway done with a-hundred-dresses-for-The-Hundred-Dresses! If you’re just joining us, please check out the links to the book here.)


5 thoughts on “Dresses: Day 50

  1. So glad to see that I’m not the only whose Spoonflower fabric has done bad, fade-y things. I will hopefully remember the Dharma fabric wash next time I can’t resist prints of sewing machine tattoos or giant sea serpents.


  2. Very cool! Love that Tetris dress! I like what you did with the collar, too. On the pattern envelope, it looks like the facing is not supposed to show, but the neckline looks much nicer and more modern with it opened up like that!


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