MBM - Style Arc Autumn dress
Almost as soon as the notification for Style Arc’s new Autumn pattern arrived in the inbox, I was ordering my copy.
Jean and Lara have featured Tencel makes on their blogs recently, which reminded me of how much I loved a pair of Tencel jeans I had back in the day. So I went and bought a couple of metres of Tencel at Spotlight and waited for inspiration. The Tencel’s drape works really well in this pattern. It is actually one of the recommended fabrics (and it looks like Style Arc made their sample in the same fabric).
Style Arc's description of the pattern:
AUTUMN DRESS: You will love this versatile dress that can be worn on any occasion. The knife pleat down the front and the crossed over knife pleat falling from the back yoke makes this dress a flattering alternative to add to your wardrobe. The extended shoulder line along with the stitched front detail, shirt tail hem line and inseam pockets really sets this great dress apart from the rest.
This is a pattern that doesn't make a lot of demands as far as fit is concerned. I made a 2.5cm FBA, and lengthened the dress by 5cm. I wish I had added another 2cm or so, because it is a bit short for my liking, although family consensus is “it’s fine”. I just don’t like showing my knees all that much.
Pockets - almost always a good thing in a dress
The dress came together well. Style Arc seems to be including more detailed directions in it’s patterns lately , and there are some diagrams to show how to put the shirt collar together. However, I went and dug out my Sewaholic Granville pattern and followed the shirt collar construction directions there. What’s worked before…
This is the fifth shirt tail hem I’ve done in the past year - you can just about make it out in this photo. I wonder how long this trend will stick around for?
The cross over pleat in the back was the clincher for me. I've seen this a bit in RTW and I like the look. The back has a fair bit of volume as a result.
I’ve received good feedback on this dress. It got an airing over the Easter weekend at a family lunch. It’s really comfortable to wear (even if a tad short) and will be great next summer. (It’s starting to get a bit chilly here, so I don’t see myself wearing this too often in the near future.) P.S. Isn't that tibouchina a cracker - love this time of year.