Before I even begin, let me tell you about my late afternoon yesterday. See this?
See the address where the SWAT team set up? Yeah, that’s my building. Fortunately, I wasn’t there. I didn’t feel very well yesterday, so I decided to work at home in the afternoon. Everyone got out safely, and the fellow, whom I’ve seen walking his dog behind my building, is hopefully going to be separated from his boy-toys for a very long time.
On to happier subjects, I got my mojo going big time this weekend, and I made this dress.
Pattern Description: Fashionable easy to wear jersey dress featuring raglan sleeves. This dress has soft gathers over the bust line falling from the neckband. Suitable for all occasions.
Sizing: 6-30. I made a 10
Fabric Used: Fab Medallion Panel Print ITY from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/11, Pro-Tricot interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Polyester thread.
Tips Used during Construction: Tricksy Fabrics, Sewing With Knits and Press that Bad Mamma Jamma, all from Gorgeous Fabrics University.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were good, if you have some sewing experience. StyleArc assumes you know what you are doing, and that you understand industry sewing terms. But that said, this pattern is so well drafted and goes together beautifully!
Construction Notes: I used a single-layer layout to position my fabric precisely. Since this is a pretty strong pattern, I wanted to make sure that I lined up all the major design elements.
Ed. Note: This morning (10/19/12) in my inbox was this lovely email from Chloe, Liz and Lyn – “Hi Ann, we hope you and your family are well and getting ready for winter. Thanks for info re the seam missing off the picture, we loved your review your dress looked amazing in that print can imagine the challenge but well worth the effort
Thanks again, and have a great weekend,
Liz & Lyn ”
And along with that was a PDF of the revised pattern illustration, with the seamline. Can I just tell you how much I love StyleArc? They care about their products, and about people’s reaction to them! Yet another reason they are one of my favorite pattern companies!
One thing to note is that the pattern illustration, including the technical line drawing, does NOT show that there’s a center front seam. That’s important to know, because you’ll have to match across it. I think if I were to do another print like this, I would mirror the pattern piece and tape the mirror images together to make a single full front. As it is, you can see the seamline if you look closely on the right side.
Here you can see it more easily from the wrong side
The back does clearly show a CB seam. I wanted a clean back, so here I did mirror the pattern piece and cut it all in one.
I also took care to align the major horizontal design lines across the side seams. I didn’t get too wrapped around the axle about matching the print up on the vertical.
Likes/Dislikes: Once again, StyleArc blows me away with the precision of their pattern drafting. I also love that this fits like RTW. It sews together like a dream and it’s a fast, rewarding project.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? A resounding yes to both! I love StyleArc.
Conclusion: If you want a great dress, you should consider this! Here’s a picture of me in it. I apologize in advance for the crappy cell phone self portrait (CCPSP). Some people can take great pictures of themselves. I am not one of those people. That out of the way, onward!
This will also look great with black suede pumps and fabulous jewelry for a dressier occasion. This is really a great dress. If you’re even thinking about this one, I say go for it!