Finally: Tetris Dress!

by Erin on October 22, 2009

Well, it's been a long time coming, but I have FINALLY finished my Tetris dress, and here it is.

Tetris dress front

Here's the back (with iPhoto enhancement — the colors aren't really that bright):

Tetris dress front

Here's the bodice, so you can see the contrast facing (these colors are truer, too):

Tetris dress front

It's just in time, too, as I'm talking at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco today (about Wordnik, naturally!), and I hate giving a talk without a new dress. There's something about sewing that makes it easier to think out talks … by the way, the talk will be STREAMED LIVE (ulp) at 3 pm PDT, so if you want to hear me talk, tune in! (Warning: I am shorter in real life than I am on the blog.)

If you like this dress, would you do me a favor and tweet/Facebook/delicious the link around? I'm having a personal-best contest to see if this one shows up in more places than the Darth Vader dress!

UPDATED TO ADD: Thanks to Jenny at ChronicallyUncool, the Tetris fabric is now available at Spoonflower! Even better, Jenny's donating her percentage from the sale of this fabric to FIRST, a nonprofit that encourages kids to explore technology. (Two words: Lego contests!)

{ 107 comments… read them below or add one }

India October 22, 2009 at 2:06 am

Awe. Some.

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Sander Bossaert June 20, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Hello Erin, I come with a question which many before me have already asked. Is it possible to buy this dress or could I convince you to make another one to send me (needless to say, the efforts will be paid for)? I couldn’t think of a better gift for my girlfriend’s birthday! Please contact me, pretty please, I will be waiting by my inbox (so to speak).
Thanks in advance for reading this!

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Anntichrist S. Coulter November 14, 2012 at 5:14 am

Three years late to the party, but I ***so*** covet this dress!!! If the fabric is still attainable on my paltry budget, how much would you charge to make me one? I’d sew it myself, if I knew how to work from a pattern, my antique (1967 warhorse that’s somehow broken ANYWAY, from just ONE broken NEEDLE!) sewing machine is dead, and being hit-and-run-over by a Mack dumptruck last year has rendered my hands utterly USELESS and mostly numb, which means I had to give up making very amateurish jewelry and simple little purses for my friends’ birfdays. I am a glorified conglomerate of clusterfucks, in other words, but the SECOND that I saw this dress on HappyPlace.com ( http://www.happyplace.com/15063/clothing-items-that-tell-the-world-youre-a-nerd-in-the-sexiest-way-possible ), I was IN LOVE with it!!! Love the shirtwaist-style simplicity/classically tasteful design/pattern, but the FABRIC was what slayed me. I haven’t been able to play Tetris since, oh, hell, ’95 or ’96, ’cause I didn’t have my own computer and was burning-up the keyboard at work in a four-way all-hours/multi-shift Tetris blood-feud with my boss, creative director/mentor, and the very-hyper 7-midnight guy @ my first radio station, which the corporate bastard sold out from under us on XMAS DAY, 1994, and I was one of 3 employees that they kept when they turned a ROCK station into nearly-automated SEVENTIES’ GOLD piece of crap. Sorry for the whole abridged life story, but I *do* terribly miss Tetris, I admire the hell out of your artistic gifts/craft-womanship in making this dress, and I *WANT* one! Please holler back at me if you still read comments on 3-year-old posts, k? Thanks!

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Erin November 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Hey, thanks for the nice comment! I don’t make these, but there is an Etsy seller who does: http://www.etsy.com/listing/104526034/be-the-star-of-the-block-party-in-this I hope this helps!

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Birgit / Stitches and Loops October 22, 2009 at 2:10 am

Perfect dress for the occasion! Just love it. Show up those power suits! I wish I had known earlier – this alone might have made it worth attending…Does one need to be registered to see the live stream? I checked on the website, and it appeared that way.

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xstpenguin October 22, 2009 at 2:42 am

Fabulous. You are going to create such a stir at that summit! In addition to your words of wisdom of course. Dont worry everyone looks shorter on the web;-)Gaun yersel hen.AJ

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Gwen October 22, 2009 at 5:32 am

Wow! It came out great! :)I love the confidence and sense of whimsy that it exudes! Have fun!

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Packrat October 22, 2009 at 5:44 am

That is so cute. Great job!

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Nathalie October 22, 2009 at 6:40 am

Oooh, that dress is so cool! Such a good pattern for a border fabric too. Love it!

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Latter-Day Flapper October 22, 2009 at 8:16 am

Oka, that just freakin rocks.

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Sal October 22, 2009 at 8:22 am

This dress RULES. Ill put it in my link roundup tomorrow for sure!

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Kat October 22, 2009 at 8:39 am

The dress would have been longer, but I cleared a few lines…Neat stuff.

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Stphanie October 22, 2009 at 8:49 am

FABULOUS !

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The Hillbilly Banjo Queen: October 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

I admire this dress…and your Vader dress…and your crossword dress…I love all of your dresses. I want to wear crazy, fun things like that. However, I am a chicken. The alphabet is about as crazy as I get. So, seeing someone else wearing an unexpected print on a lovely, fashionable dress is excellent!

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Jenny October 22, 2009 at 10:01 am

Sweet! Thanks for turning my custom designed dream fabric into a dress! Its great to see it being used as I dreamed it would be. My precious batch of Tetris fabric is still in my to-be-sewn pile. Seeing your finished dress makes me want to move it to the top of the list!Ill definitely post a link on Chronically Uncool!

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stellans October 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

Facebookd!

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Renee October 22, 2009 at 11:00 am

this came out great! So, when you talk in front of a crowd, do you imagine all of them in pinned pattern tissue?

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the reluctant sewist October 22, 2009 at 12:47 pm

*sharp intake of breath*Oh, wow. I want some. Whered you get it? Spoonflower?

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the reluctant sewist October 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Never mind, should have checked the previous tetris entry.

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emilyjayne October 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm

This definitely combines two of my greatest loves – geekery and dresses! Consider yourself tweeted!

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dizzle October 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Where can I get some of that fabric!!! I will twitter this later and mention it on my blog and forum

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My 5 Monkeys(Julie) October 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm

awesome dress

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Sheila / Out of the Ashes Collectibles October 22, 2009 at 5:18 pm

Happy to see someone else look and think Crossword. Definitely a kitschy dress – one of a kind!

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Theresa October 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

I dont twitter (tweet?) but I will link you on my facebook when I get home.the dress is fabulous…I have 3 dog dress and chicken dress…

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Lisa Simeone October 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Erin, you are amazing. I am sending this link all over creation!

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Kalgrl October 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Saw this on twitter this morning (western Australia) what a brilliant dress. Enjoy your day!

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greg October 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm

found this link in my popular items menu in google reader. i posted this link on my favorite nerd message board. EVERYONE WILL LOVE IT!

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Lizzyk October 22, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Erin, you are a genius.

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Charles October 22, 2009 at 8:54 pm

i think i might have to feature this on my blog! ill post it tommorow *wink* im totally in love with that amazing dress!!!!!!

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Meg October 23, 2009 at 12:32 am

How much to buy??? :)

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ronnie October 23, 2009 at 6:41 am

What a lovely dress!

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Barb October 23, 2009 at 7:01 am

I love your new dress.I also love your blog – Ive been reading it for a long time and always enjoy it!Good luck at your talk.barb

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Joys October 23, 2009 at 8:03 am

pls put this up on etsy!!!!!!

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Isabel October 23, 2009 at 8:28 am

This dress is so fantastic!! Wow, I love it.

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B October 23, 2009 at 8:52 am

Hey, I am from Germany and I want to ask you, if it is possible to buy this incredible dress. My girlfriend will love it. Can you contact me at derb@dragstripgirl.de?Seriously, that dress is fucking awesome.

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Jessica / Lola Vintage Clothing October 23, 2009 at 9:05 am

omg, this is SO COOL! I feature a novelty print dress on my blog daily and this is just perfect for that. Thank you for posting. I love stuff like this, and am so happy I found your blog. :D

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Jen October 23, 2009 at 9:24 am

WOW – its as if you crawled into my childhood memory bank and brought up a tiny piece of heaven. You have saved what was potentially a disasterous morning – I have duly tweeted! http://twitter.com/scurrilous_j

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Pattern Junkie October 23, 2009 at 9:49 am

Love love LOVE it! Great job!

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Andie October 23, 2009 at 10:12 am

I want a dress like this, too. I love stunt dresses. Im working on one using circuit board print fabric for the women in technology luncheon to be held at the 2009 SQL Pass conference.

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Anonymous October 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

beautiful dress! i saw it via flavorpills twitter feed…im sure you received many compliments! :)

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B October 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

I love this. Your blog is one of the reasons I started sewing. It made me realize if I wanted a skirt covered in turtles and snails, I could have it!Tumblrd: http://isopod.tumblr.com/post/220976672/things-that-make-me-smile-erins-tetris-dress

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WendyB October 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

This is amazing!

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Cori October 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Love. It.

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Serendipity Handmade October 24, 2009 at 3:11 am

I LOVE TETRIS! I spent many an hour playing that game…your dress is just WONDERFUL! (And Im jealous!).

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Andrea Bohnstedt October 24, 2009 at 8:14 am

Fabulosity! Going onto my Facebook instantly. Greetings from Nairobi!

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Annie October 24, 2009 at 9:24 am

All I can say is WOW!!!I love the contrast of the smart sophisticated cut of the dress pared with the whimsy of the Tetras game. IT is amazing and it looks like a ton of work went into it. BRAVO!Now i am off to tweet this!

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Anna Jane October 24, 2009 at 11:24 am

Possibly the coolest thing ever x

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christinaof94 October 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

LOVE the dress! Someone posted this link on Twitter. :)I would love to have something like that.

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Ashburn Eng October 24, 2009 at 6:00 pm

possibly giles deacon

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minya, warrior seamstress October 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

How would I make this border-printed fabric into a circle skirt? Would it be better as a half-circle?

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Hannah October 24, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I LOVE IT!id buy one

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Lyall October 25, 2009 at 4:12 am

Ive told everyone who follows me on twitter and tumblr Id wear this dress (if I was a woman).

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Erin October 25, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Minya, I dont think this would work as a circle skirt, since the pattern is so up-and-down. But you could print out circle skirt fabric at Spoonflower!

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mamafox October 25, 2009 at 4:49 pm

LOVE IT! Really a spectacular dress.

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Alexia October 25, 2009 at 10:19 pm

OMG! I neeeeed that dress! :)My boyfriends still a bit miffed that he cant beat my high score – and hes a pretty badass gamer – but this dress would be just the right amount of gentle rubbin-it-in. Haha!Great job!

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Katie October 26, 2009 at 5:46 am

I love this so so so much! I would buy it in heartbeat.

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Mihoriel October 26, 2009 at 5:54 am

OMG! I wanna buy this dress =) My boyfriend cant beat my high score and it would be amazing a dress thats my favorite game. If your not selling the dress, can you put up a tutorial?Amazing job.

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Mihoriel October 26, 2009 at 5:54 am

OMG! I wanna buy this dress =) My boyfriend cant beat my high score and it would be amazing a dress thats my favorite game. If your not selling the dress, can you put up a tutorial?Amazing job.

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Gavin Bell October 26, 2009 at 6:47 am

Wonderful, hope things are well.

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Stevy October 26, 2009 at 7:40 am

This = the most amazing thing ever. I protect my tweets, but Ill definitely tell my limited pool of readers!

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Nicole October 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

Erin, what pattern did you use to make this dress? Is it vintage?

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Pattern Junkie October 26, 2009 at 12:07 pm
susank October 26, 2009 at 1:03 pm

YES! Tetris is my favorite arcade game ever, and this dress is amazing.

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j October 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I want this dress! I LOOOve it! Make more!

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j October 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I want this dress! I LOOOve it! Make more!

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Lost on the Tube October 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm

OK – so I posted my coveting of this dress on my facebook page, and youve got at least 6 orders. When is it going into production?

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Luisa October 27, 2009 at 3:29 am

Fantastic!

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Yo la mayor parte de las veces October 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

AWESOMEEE!! I WANT ITTT!!! HOW YOU DID THE FALLING PIECES??

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Tara October 27, 2009 at 10:31 am

Amazing dress. Id love to use the fabric for a tote/purse actually too. Only the design wont open on my computer and Im not sure who would print it.May have to see if Spoonflower can print some yardage and sell it to me I guess.I tweeted and LJed the link.

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mike r. baker October 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Absolutely brilliant! I love how the tetris bits have piled up on the bottom of the dress. Even without the tetris inference this would be a great dress.

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nadstina October 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm

um can i buy one?

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Carotte + Lychee October 27, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Your dress is simply amazing! I would like to make one for myself for my xmas party. How much fabric do you estimate I should need for a project like that (Im a size 9)?And what kind of fabric did you actually use for the one Quilting weight, Upholstery weight, Organic Cotton Sateen, Organic Cotton Knit, Bamboo/Cotton Rayon?

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Rebecca V. O'Neal October 28, 2009 at 2:32 am

You are a genius. I may just have to learn to sew…I love patterns that go from light to dense, usually with floral, but this is INSPIRED!

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Eicyak October 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

i must have this

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Erin October 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Carotte — I think I bought five yards, but just to make sure I could match the pattern. I ended up with a lot left over. I also bought the quilting, because when I ordered, they didnt have the sateen — but the sateen would be a better dress weight. Have fun!

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Mimi Jackson October 29, 2009 at 9:57 am

Okay, I cant believe Im the 73rd comment here! I ADORE this dress!

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Laura Mantel November 2, 2009 at 8:46 am

That dress is so awesome!You should design more stuff like that.. Really would like to have it!

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Kai November 4, 2009 at 3:44 am

I placed it here:http://www.stilsucht.de/11/2009/tetriskleid/and here:http://www.notcot.org/post/26043/Even though Im a guy. Like the idea a lot.

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The Squirrel November 4, 2009 at 4:13 am

Wow!What a wonderful piece of art.Im not a dress wearer but I sure see some fantastic curtains made from this fabric!!!!

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Katey Dutton November 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

ive always been good at tetris…so jealous. rad

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Katey Dutton November 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

ive always been good at tetris…so jealous. rad

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Katey Dutton November 4, 2009 at 1:33 pm

ive always been good at tetris…so jealous. rad

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Charles November 5, 2009 at 5:38 pm

ps all my guy friends said that dress is amazing!

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Veja cecilia November 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

I just love that dress, its fantastic!

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j. November 13, 2009 at 2:01 am

We are a Mexican Coolhunting blog and we found your dress pretty , interesting and suitable for what we do so we made a post about it… hopefully it wont be a problemhttp://www.gutenver.tv/2009/11/dress-day-tetris-dress.htmlGOOD LUCK!

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lofa December 12, 2009 at 4:13 am

thats a neat idea. You should make more clothes with tetris blocks on them and sell them at sites like etsy, artfire, etc.

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Sarah Rink March 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Can I just say: you rock. I met you at the UX Week in San Francisco last September and you gave one of the most interesting, inspiring talks of the event. I loved the idea of Wordnik and I was fascinated by your speech. Then today, I was just here, doodling online, and stumbled across this amazing Tetris dress. And what do you know, YOU made it. Quite frankly, not many people hit me like this twice. Well done woman.

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suzanne antique lover September 20, 2010 at 10:15 am

WHAT A GREAT PATTERN! REALLY WONDERFUL!

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Gee October 27, 2010 at 8:28 am

Just found this there.
I WANT TO BUY THIS DRESS.
Where can I?!?!

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Antique Jewelry November 14, 2010 at 10:47 pm

I have a teacher that was a Tetris fanatic. I think she only became a teacher so she could get paid to play Tetris, because that’s pretty much all she did at school! We all got A’s in computer class too..

-Molly

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Rebecca December 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

That’s the most perfect dress I’ve ever seen! Love it!!

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Carrie January 18, 2011 at 11:16 am

So Awesome! I wish we could buy it somewhere… hint hint :)

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NAR February 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Holy shit, this is great!

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lavou June 17, 2011 at 3:59 pm

i fell in love with your dress instantly!! great job!!!! what kind of fabric did you use? went to spooflower and there are many kinds…

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Erin June 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Thanks! The fabric is the cotton sateen. Pricey but nice!

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Viridiana Castillo July 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Oh wow, I want this *0*

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Caroline Cloutier November 26, 2011 at 4:02 am

I have been admiring this dress fora year now and I’m going to make mine in the upcomming month.I was wondering what type of coton did you choose? Poplin?

I was also wondering, looking at the fabric on Spoonflower if you used the same print to sew the upperpart of the dress with the scattered blocks?

Do you recall how much fabric did you use to sew that dress?

Thanks a million!

Caroline

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Erin November 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Hi Caroline — I ordered 3 yards of the quilting cotton (I’m not sure they had the poplin at the time, it would probably be nicer). I used the same print throughout … hope this helps!

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Mika December 7, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Hello, i’m Mika, i live in Marseille in french. I want to give this dress for my girlfrien for chrismas day. it’s possible to buy it ? thanks for your job, this dress is beautifull

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MiMi January 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm

A.W.E.S.O.M.E. – this is fantastic!

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Katie July 3, 2012 at 2:28 am

Are you going to start selling dresses? I think you totally should.

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Ada July 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I want one!!!

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Vickie July 15, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I love this dress so much. I loved it in 2009, and I still love it. Sigh.

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Erin September 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

hey! I finally found an Etsy seller who is making these (or something close to it): http://www.etsy.com/listing/104526034/be-the-star-of-the-block-party-in-this

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Julianne September 6, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Oh my gosh, this is so wonderful, i would do anything to own it! If you ever make some to sell keep me updated i would purchase it in a heartbeat!!! <3

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Tassie September 9, 2012 at 5:09 am

If you need a tetris dress this is always this… http://www.etsy.com/listing/104526034/be-the-star-of-the-block-party-in-this
Her blog is pretty funny too

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Tassie September 9, 2012 at 5:13 am

Whoops, I got a little too excited there. Must read higher in the comments next time. How does one NOT get too excited about tetris dresses though?

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