The Rhea Dress | Sewing a colour block summer midi dress

I’ve been wanting to try and sew a cute colour block dress for a while now and when making The Rhea Dress pattern I knew I wanted to try this in the future! There are so many amazing ways that designers use colour blocking in garments and I find it so inspiring to just play and experiment with what does and doesn’t work.


The pattern

I released The Rhea Dress sewing pattern a few weeks ago and thought it would be perfect to use different coloured fabric for the bodice and skirt to really make the dress pop. This dress pattern has a deep v neckline, a gathered waist and a gorgeous ruffle at the bottom which is perfect for summer!


Choosing the fabric

So I knew I wanted to use a cotton fabric that felt soft but not too see-through as I wasn’t sure if I wanted to line the skirt too. I came across these two beautiful cottons from The Croft Mill and purchased this beautiful pink cotton and navy cotton and bought 1 metre of each as well as 1 metre of a pink lining. The fabric is honestly lovely however, the blue fabric was slightly sheerer and so I did decide to line the skirt. But the pink fabric is so bright and stunning in person, I’m tempted to make a dress with just that!


Construction

When making my sewing patterns, I always make sure the instructions are super easy to follow and each step is illustrated. There are no zips in this pattern so it really is a throw over your head kind of dress that is perfect for an easy-wearing, comfy vibe. I decided to use the tie-on straps variation and then for the skirt, I used the pink lining and treated the skirt and lining as one when sewing, so the insides are finished with an overlocker. I’m so glad I lined the skirt as I personally found this fabric too sheer for a single layer, but I’m absolutely over the moon with how lovely this turned out and want to try a maxi version of this dress as well!