Colour Block Mash Up

Happy Monday all!

I’m still getting used to the idea of working in an office again. It seems to be going alright so far, although really not used to having my time monitored. I’m more of the philosophy that it doesn’t matter as long as the work is done. Oh well, I’ll get used to it I am sure. More importantly…it’s all about what I’m wearing!

Here is another Simplicity 2174, although this time View C, sans sleeves.

Simplicity 2174

View C has a modernised subtle sweetheart style neckline which is high enough to still be decent for the office. I found the fit to be very much the same as View A so it was nice to make the same alterations. This time I omitted the facing and instead cut the pieces again in a cotton voile to line the bodice. Being a cotton, this has a good cooling effect too as my fashion fabric has a high poly content.

Simplicity 2174

Initially I was going to add an A-line skirt but it just looked odd with the colour blocking of the bodice, so I recut using the skirt pieces of McCalls 4829, an OOP sundress pattern with a paneled skirt option.

I cut the panels with nice big seam allowances so I could make sure the seam lines were nicely lined up and I am really pleased with the result.

Simplicity 2174

This is such a different silhouette for me, normally I’m all about the fit and flare. I have been branching out lately with some art teacher chic and now I’m trying the shiftdress. I actually like the shape and find that I feel a bit profesh. Whilst the shift is definitely great stylish work wear, I have to remember I am a “lady” and to crouch properly and sit nicely, you really have to move differently in this style!


For the side panels I used a gorgeous quilted fabric that I believe to be a Cue remnant. The centre panels are also supposed to be Cue remnants. Both bought from Pitt Trading and mailed to me from Sydney (excellent service there!). Cue is a clothing store in Australia and New Zealand that specializes in office wear. For me, the opportunity to buy their remnants was too good to be missed and I bought enough for four garments!

Simplicity 2174

– I am pretty happy with the fit
– great work wear
– the fabric is on trend
– the high poly content means less creasing and therefore perfect for my desk job!

Changes for next time
– perhaps shorten the bodice a touch

PS – I have Revenge on the telly at the moment – what great inspiration for stylish office wear! (terrible show though). Also really loving Annalise Keating’s outfits on How to Get Away with Murder.

30 thoughts on “Colour Block Mash Up

  1. I’m really loving the different styles you are making lately. Definitely looking very profesh. I really like Cue stuff … I’m not into designer stuff at all but Cue is designed and made in Australia.

  2. I love this look on you! What a cool dress! I agree about Anneliese’s dresses on HtGAwM! I can’t stop watching the show, although it’s terrible… but if I’d known lawyering was all great outfits, making out with hot law students, and juicy drama, I’d have studied the law! 😉

    1. It’s a fun show though isn’t it, great escapism. My Mum won’t watch it as she heard it was improbable. Weird, she watches Forever and Doctor Who, what could be more improbable than those!?!

  3. Wow, that silhouette really suits you. It is really very ‘Cue’! And kudos for branching out into something a bit different.

  4. Ohhh, I love this new style on you! The colour blocking is fantastic and that fabric is delish. Cue has the best fabrics!

  5. Ooo, this is lovely. It reminds me a bit of the Elisalex dress. I am also a fit and flare fan, and agree that sometimes it’s good to try a different style. I just need to put that into practise!

    1. It definitely has similar princess lines to the Elisalex, but not so wide at the shoulders and the back is high. It is nice to play with my wardrobe. Just like playing dress ups!

  6. These new styles are really working for you! The colour blocking is awesome. It has a very slimming effect. Working in an office sure is a change but I’m sure you’ll settle in soon.

  7. It should be about the work getting done and not the time spent being visible! Although I find even in my workplace, as much as I promote flexibility where it’s possible, I still catch myself reverting to old attitudes. Hard to break habits!!
    But I love your dress 🙂 The print is really cool!

  8. Profesh but super cool. That panel fabric is the bees knees. I love revenge as a guilty pleasure. It’s so convoluted and hilarious but I can’t stop watching it. Emily has a cracking wardrobe

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