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Friday, 17 April 2015

Style Arc Jessica Dress

I know I should be over twist tops and dresses by now, but I still find them kind of fascinating and since I tend to live in jersey dresses in the summer, decided to give this one a whirl.



This fabric is a little thinner than I would normally wear for dresses, but for some reason I have a lot of it and there's only so many tops you can have from the same fabric.  It is about the same weight as the swatch that Style Arc provides with the pattern though and it feels divine - like silk jersey although I'm sure it isn't.


As usual for Style Arc the instructions are brief, but perfectly adequate for anyone with a bit of sewing experience and there is a diagram for the twisty bit.



I made a straight size 10, but I did need to add some stitching at the centre front neckline to keep it closed although now I see it in photos I think I will take it a bit lower.  With a less slippery fabric I think the twist would hold everything in place and it wouldn't need stitching at all.  I also think I am very short in the neck to chest department, necklines are often too low for me.



This is a bit longer than I usually wear my hemlines, but I'm trying this length out first, I can always shorten it in the future.  It goes together pretty quickly and I'd like to make another in a solid - when that will happen I don't know, I'm a bit of a magpie when I go fabric shopping and can't stay away from prints!






18 comments:

Anne Szabo said...

Love your dress.

Jenny said...

Aint nothing wrong with a nice twist dress. Love them! I think all of my twist tops have died, so maybe it's time to make a twist top tunic. I'm very into tunics and leggings all of a sudden. Just as comfy as a knit dress.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

lately I can't resist a twist and prints, always! looks great on you.

Debbie Cook said...

I'm a prints magpie too and I love a nice twist. Your dress looks great! This is one of the Style Arcs that has caught my attention so doubly nice to see it sewn up.

Sigrid said...

Lovely variation on the twist dress. Great on you.

patsijean said...

Allison,
As for your love for twisty things, are you familiar with Studio Faro?
I follow on Facebook to take a look at their Pattern Puzzle every Friday and actually was correct at guessing what the garment was and the details once. They post the answer two days later, and on Monday post on the Studio Faro Well Suited blog details on drafting the pattern. Here is the link to the blog. If you scroll down four garments you will see a skirt that I think would look stunning on you. Even if one does not attempt to draft a pattern, there is much to learn about how commercial patterns came to be. I enjoy it quite a bit.
http://www.studiofaro.com/well-suited

Vicki said...

I don't the twist is going anywhere soon! Love this dress and the fabric is so petty.

Nancy K said...

It's a flattering, pretty dress to wear when it's hot and steamy.

katherine h said...

I like this length of dress on you.

overflowingstash said...

Most definitely make it in a solid too! The silhouette looks lovely on you, but the drape details are a bit lost with the busy print, or at least in photos. Maybe it works better in real life where your movement animate & bring the drapes to life.

Sharon said...

Love this fabric and your dress looks great.

lifeinamadshouse said...

I love your dress! I feel like the only sewer who hasn't attempted a knot or twist dress/top at all. Yours is really beautiful--that fabric is amazing!!

Joan Weakland said...

Allison,
Looks GREAT on you -- super flattering! Length is becoming.

Gail said...

Don't change a thing. The longer length is very becoming.

Jean said...

Very flattering dress. As others have commented, the length is really good -- seems current. And of course I love the print!

LK said...

Super flatting fit and colors! Gorgeous!!!

velosewer said...

I still love a twist that gives a great finish. This dress works really well with its twist.
Great length too Allison.

Agata said...

Love your blog!