The Hundred Dresses: Day 50

So, remember the Tetris Dress? In case you don’t remember … back in 2006 I idly remarked that someday I’d love to have Tetris fabric, so that I could make a border-print Tetris dress. Then, in 2009, the extremely awesome (and cool) Jenny at Chronically Uncool made some Tetris fabric with Spoonflower. A few months later … this dress happened.
Tetris Dress full view

I should really go check how many people find my blog after googling “Tetris dress”, shouldn’t I? It’s still one of the dresses I get the most emails about. (I wore it to give a short talk at the Web 2.0 Summit.)
Tetris Dress bodice

Here’s a closer look at the very-80s-blue front facings:
Tetris dress front facing

Here’s the back … I almost didn’t get that yellowy-greeny piece to clear the middle back seam.
Tetris dress back bodice

This pattern is Vogue 9670, which I’ve made quite a few times. Here’s the side zipper:
Tetris dress side zip

The bright blue pockets:
Tetris dress pocket lining

And, of course, the most important part — the border.
Tetris dress hem

I don’t wear this that much anymore, because the fabric wasn’t entirely colorfast … there’s fading on the skirt:
Tetris dress skirt

And on the bodice:
Tetris dress fading

And especially at the front waist seam:
Tetris dress fading #2

Now when I buy digitally-printed fabric I wash it first with this color fixative stuff from Dharma (it is extremely poisonous and has a super-scary label, but it works …) and I haven’t had as many problems with fading since trying this trick. (I don’t do a separate soak, just running it through the regular wash seems to do the trick.)

I miss wearing this dress, though, because it always gets a great reaction (and standing offers of demonstrations of affection, it seems). Is there anyone who doesn’t love Tetris?

(And … we’re halfway done with a-hundred-dresses-for-The-Hundred-Dresses! If you’re just joining us, please check out the links to the book here.)

5 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 50

  1. That really is one awesome dress. Such a shame about the fading. There needs to be a Tetris 2.0 dress.


  2. So glad to see that I’m not the only whose Spoonflower fabric has done bad, fade-y things. I will hopefully remember the Dharma fabric wash next time I can’t resist prints of sewing machine tattoos or giant sea serpents.


  3. Very cool! Love that Tetris dress! I like what you did with the collar, too. On the pattern envelope, it looks like the facing is not supposed to show, but the neckline looks much nicer and more modern with it opened up like that!


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