Sunday, September 9, 2012

'70s twist

Last month, I ordered three patterns from Style Arc: Jessica Dress, Danni Dolman and Layla Dress. And then a piece of fluoro 70's jersey knit from my stash was shouting, 'Pick me! Pick me!' In my head, the fabric matched the Jessica dress pattern perfectly and a minute later, I was ready to cut and slash and twist and sew!




Fabric: 1m80 of Jersey knit purchased in JoAnn during my trip to Minnesota
Size: 8
Cost: $15
Modifications to pattern: slightly shortened the ends of the "twist"



Before purchasing the patterns from StyleArc, I'd been hesitating for several days. The patterns they sell are size-specific instead of multi-size like most brands'. According to the size chart on StyleArc my upper body measurements are equivalent to a size 6, but my lower body measurements are a size 10! When facing such a choice, it's generally recommended to match the upper body as closely as possible to your real measurements, since the lower part of the pattern can be modified more easily. But I decided to go in between the two sizes and order the size 8. 


For this dress, I cut the skirt according to the size 8 pattern, which turned out to fit fine due to the stretch of the jersey fabric. For the bodice, if I had not shortened both ends of the twist, the neckline would have been super revealing! So by decreasing the length of the ends by 2 cm, I managed to keep my cleavage inside the dress.


Here I have tried to show you how almost perfectly I managed to match the stripes on the right side ;) Due to the original design of the skirt (four front tucks), it was difficult to make the stripes match along the left seam.

This dress has been promoted right away to my wardrobe favorites! I love the smoothness and lightness of the fabric against my body and the fact that it does not wrinkle. The fabric doesn't fray either, so the skirt and armholes are unhemmed.


A few more words about my experience with Style Arc... The pattern was hand drawn!!!! An envelope sent from Australia contained three A4 pockets, each of which included a thick sheet of paper with each pattern drafted by hand!!! I have no idea why Chloe does it manually as that seems to me like a hell of a lot of work, even if she has templates for each size and model in her shop! All of the patterns include seam allowance. Easy-to-follow, step-by-step drawings and explanations are printed on two additional A4 sheets. Another nice personal touch was that Chloe had glued a scrap of knit fabric as a suggestion.

Have your worked with Style Arc patterns?


24 comments:

  1. Your dress looks fantastic! I love a fabric that doesn't fray. Yay to no hemming! I'd never heard of StyleArc either so I think I'll be getting some patterns from there.

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    1. I know! If only all fabric would not fray ;(

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  2. This is awesome! I love the way you've used the print to highlight the key design elements of the pattern. I bought the StyleArc Heather dress recently-I just haven't had time to cut it out and put it together. I have the perfect stretch wool suiting and everything! Oh well, this provides the well needed initiative to get off my butt and do it! Rock on!

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    1. Pull yourself together! I love interesting and elegant lines of the Heather dress. Would like to see what you'll make out of it ;)

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  3. Love your dress. Thanks for the run down on StyleArc, they do seem to yield good results and reviews.

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    1. Yep! In fact, Chloe nailed it in her designs: RTW "star" fashion! I find most of her patterns modern, attractive and pretty versatile. One can create an entire wardrobe based on her patterns. (I really like the fact that she offers more than just dresses).

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  4. Wow, this looks amazing and fits you so perfectly! I love it! I've never used a StyleArc pattern, but I'm off to check out their website now!

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    1. Thank you! StyleArc is definitely worth checking out!

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  5. It looks great on you! Nunca he cosido nada de Style Arc pero he estado mirando la web y tienen modelos muy interesantes. Yo también tengo un patrón dibujado a mano es de Paco Peralta, a ver si lo coso en el próximo mes.
    Estás guapísima con ese vestido, te favorece mucho!

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    1. ¡Muchas gracias! Que locura dibujar los patrones a mano, ¿no?

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  6. This fabric with the twist feature at the front look amazing together. Well done :D

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress!! Extra win for the no hemming requirement :o) I haven't worked with a stylearc pattern but I have wondered about them, so thanks for sharing!

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  8. Very pretty... love the twist detail and fabric

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  9. what an awesome dress! But you know what I like best? Your red lipstick! The green of the dress and the red clash but in a good way!

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  10. CUTE dress! It has a great name, too. ;)

    Love how your awesome print works with the silhouette. (Great find on the fabric, too - I never see prints as cute as this at JoAnn!) Will totally have to check out Style Arc.

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    1. I don't believe you :) I've just seen your Vogue 8825 dress made of similar fabric! It's super cute!!!

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  13. That is such a cool dress! Really stunning and fun.

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  14. Love it! I just ordered this Style Arc pattern and am anxious to get it and try it out! I'm a big wrap dress fan, and this seems like a nice alternative

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