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7 Days of Holiday Party Dresses: Krista's bright and cheery colorblock shift dress

For today's post for my holiday dress inspiration series, 7 Days of Holiday Party Dresses... a different look, this one from Krista of Lazy Saturdays. Check out her bright, mod-inspired shift dress!

Hello fellow sewing adventurers! I'm Krista and I blog over at Lazy Saturdays. I was thrilled when Suzannah asked me to share a dress I've sewn! Dresses are my favorite things to make. This dress is made from Colette Pattern's Laurel dress. The pattern is a great basic pattern to add to your library. You can use it to make loads of other dresses and tops from it. I highly recommend it. It also has a great fit for curvy gals. Score!

This pattern alteration is a simple one and is perfect if you're new to altering patterns. To create the block of color, I traced the pattern out in my size on paper. Normally you one place the front on a fold to cut it out, but for this, it needs to be all laid out. No folds. On the pattern, I drew a diagonal line on the front pattern piece where I wanted the red and turquoise to meet. Then I did the same for the back pieces, making sure the diagonal lines met at the side seams. I had to create two different back patterns: a right and a left side. Then I cut the pattern along the diagonal and added seam allowances along the cuts. I cut the bottom pieces out in red and the top in turquoise and sewed all the pieces together. Then I continued to follow the original directions.

This shift dress is super versatile! It can be dressed up with heels and bold jewelry for a party, or worn with some flats for a day date. You can also throw a sweater over it with some boots and run some errands. The best thing about this dress? It's crazy comfy. So while all your friends are fussing with their dresses at your holiday party, you can have your hands waiving in the air like ya just don't care on the dance floor, then go home and crawl straight into bed without changing. I told you it was a versatile dress! Happy sewing!

Love it, Krista! The diagonal colorblock is so cool, and great colors! 

Readers, stay tuned for the rest of the holiday party dresses series this week and next!


  1. Love it! What a gorgeous colour combo.

  2. I'm glad you switched back to full posts in RSS readers. I actually visit websites WAY more when I can read the whole post first, since I often want to read the comments that follow.

  3. Thanks so much for inviting me to share my dress! I've loved seeing what the other ladies did as well! This has been a great series :)



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