Pattern Description: From the StyleArc Website – “CRUISE CLUB KIM DRESS: Fabulous all occasion dress – an easy comfortable shapes that doesn’t cling to our lumps. Pop on a necklace and heals and you are ready for dinner or a pair of flats and you will be looking good for a day’s sightseeing.”
Adding my own to the description, this is a slightly A-line, knit tank dress with bound neckline and armholes.
Sizing: 6-26. Each size comes separately. I made a size 10.
Fabric Used: For once I used two fabrics that I still have in stock! The main body of the dress is Soft and Elegant Rayon Jersey in Bright Turquoise Blue. The bindings are Abstract Animal-y Rayon Print Jersey.
Needle/Notions Used: 75/11 Stretch needles, scraps of Pro-Tricot interfacing, thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? Minimal. This is a very easy pattern, and it practically sews itself, so you really don’t need instructions. But for beginners, the instructions might be a little confusing. For instance, they tell you to apply bindings, but they don’t say how. You can use one of (at least) two methods, either Bound Edges, or the one I used (see construction notes).
Construction Notes: As I said, this pattern goes together beautifully. I serged all both the seams. I fused scraps of Pro-Tricot interfacing to the back shoulders before sewing them. I decided to use This Method to Apply the Bindings. I used my regular sewing machine to do the hem.
Any changes? None.
Likes/Dislikes: I like the ease of this dress. I like the drafting of the pattern – hand drafted! Full pattern pieces! Yay! I also really like that the pattern came with a sample of fabric so you can see the weight and stretch that they recommend. There is one issue that I found, and it’s pretty minor. There is an extra pattern piece that isn’t accounted for in the drawings or instructions. It’s called “Raw Nk Trim”. It’s not obvious what it’s for, and the instructions never mention it. Just use the neck binding instead.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Oh yes! This is a great pattern that goes together in under an hour. Definitely a keeper.
Conclusion: It’s chilly today or I would be wearing it. It will be perfect for summer. It’s the kind of dress that you can style lots of ways, up or down. I can see this dressed up with a black belt and sandals, or just by itself on hot days. Here are some pictures on Shelley:
Next up is the Creative Cate top, in the same blue fabric.