more cute building block dresses

There has been so much wonderful sewing happening around the Building Block Dress book since it was released last month. Today I asked a few of our sewing friends to contribute photos to show you the clever dresses they have made.

Miren of Solo Sewing has become a dear friend since our stay in Barcelona two years ago, when we first met. I love the fabrics she chose for this A-line version of the dress with an external neck facing and pockets. She mentioned that she was inspired by 1960s swing dresses for this style. It turned out really great, didn’t it?

solo-sewing Miren's 60's inspired dress

Miren also used the Building Block Dress book to sew a space costume for a school play. Wouldn’t this be fun for Halloween, too? So much cleverness in this one. The hoop skirt is adorable!

solo-sewing Miren's space-themed costume

Speaking of costumes, I nearly fell over when I saw Emily’s dress. How adorable is this? The rainbow colorblocking, the scalloped collar, the admiring little brother… and the headband is the perfect finishing touch, isn’t it? Brilliant!

emily's rainbow-dress

Emily and Ashley of Frances Suzanne always sew the most charming dresses for their nieces, and this one is no exception. It has such classic style. I think the white collar and cuffs combined with the sweet floral, the empire waist, and the pleats are so lovely.

frances-suzanne's building block classic dress

Jennifer sewed this corduroy version, and I think she did a fantastic job. The square neckline, empire waist, button front, and the print and color itself came together for a really pretty fall-winter dress. It’s so cozy! And this dress looks nothing like the original pattern, does it? As you gain more experience with the techniques in the book you’ll also gain more confidence to start taking the pattern into new directions like this.

jennifer's corduroy dress

I was hoping someone would do an asymmetric collar, and Kelly totally came through! This dress is also fun for the smaller print she chose for the collar, cuffs and pockets. I just love this.

kelly's assymetric collar dress

I’m finishing up S’s Halloween costume, and I hope to have photos by next weekend. I can’t wait to show you! I hope your Halloween sewing is coming along well, also!




  1. Your love for this book grows every time you make something totally different from it. And it is so encouraging to see how easy it is to get started. I have more plans for the book.
    I also think the rainbow dress is fantastic!!

  2. Tamara

    Such adorable ideas! That rainbow costume is fantastic!

  3. Susan

    I really like the lovely asymmetrical collar with the two sweet prints combined so nicely. I also like the sleeves. I have been considering a collar like that but I want to do a dress that buttons down the front so I cannot use that collar this time. I have been so surprised with all the pretty dresses. If I were shopping I would not be able to make a decision.

  4. Hilary

    How was the cloud headband made with the raindrops?

  5. SShaw

    Emily should be very proud- the rainbow costume is fantastic from the raining headband down to the little ‘cloud’ collar. Very creative, such cute details.

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