Monday, 28 November 2016

Style Arc Marilyn Dress



If you have been following me on IG you would know that I planned to make Vogue 8945 for my work Christmas function. Well, I chickened out at the last minute because time was running out and I was not sure how the Vogue pattern would fit. The Marilyn Dress by Style Arc caught my attention, and I know Style Arc size 12 usually fits me quite well without needing alteration. So plans were changed.

Style Arc Marilyn Dress

This simple dress is made special by the lovely split sleeve and ties and the elegant V neckline. There are two V necklines to choose from and I went with the lower one. It is a loose and gentle A line shape and is easy to wear.


I used a rayon chirramon from Spotlight which had the perfect drape for this style. The fabric behaved very well and I had no trouble sewing with it. I used a microtex needle (size 70) in my machine and a walking foot. It pressed beautifully and doesn't crease too badly, like some rayon's can do.


I felt great wearing this dress. It was comfortable and felt very elegant and I love the colour of this fabric. The only alteration I made was to lengthen it by 3cm.


The split sleeve makes this simple dress quite special. I have seen a couple of versions out there that have used a contrasting sleeve lining which looks fantastic. I already have a few ideas for future versions.


We had a great night out at a Carnival themed party at Fairground Follies and hubby wore a shirt I had made him too.



Happy Sewing

36 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! The color is excellent on you and the dress looks so effortlessly glamorous! I just bought this pattern during the Style Arc sale and hope mine looks as lovely as yours does!

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    1. Thanks so much Meg. I'm sure yours will turn out great and I look forward to seeing it.

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  2. Love this! Just so effortlessly elegant and trendy too.

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    1. Thank you Manju. It is such a simple design but I love the result.

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  3. This style was made for you.

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  4. I think you made the right choice in changing patterns! This dress suits you to a T.

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    1. Thank you Siobhan. I still would like to try the Vogue pattern and I think the rayon chirramon would be perfect, perhaps in a lovely blue.

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  5. Really great style on you & love the color - very festive

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    1. Thanks MaryEllen. I adore this colour too.

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  6. I love this in the green. It is such a great style and I imagine would work on most shapes.

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I agree that it would work for most figures. Great for hiding any extra padding around the middle.

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  7. How elegant you are! Great marriage of fabric and pattern.

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    1. Thank you Lucy. I did feel quite elegant wearing this dress and the fabric was a great success.

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  8. Such a lovely dress and the colour suits you beautifully. You do look elegant, I have to agree.

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  9. Great dress - I have to say given a choice between Vogue and Style Arc, and limited time to sew, I'd go for the Style Arc too.

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    1. Thank you Paola. I think I did make the right choice at the time. I would like to try the Vogue pattern when I have more time to get the fit right.

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  10. I love absolutely everything about this dress. You look so glamorous!

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    1. Awww thank you Marianne. You are too kind.

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    1. Maybe not quite perfect but I was very pleased with the result. Thanks Vicki.

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  12. Your dress is so elegant!!! The colour looks absolutely smashing on you too!!

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comment OzAnnie. Very much appreciated.

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  13. how beautiful, and that color! you look so elegant. i've never heard of chirramon before...now of course i have to have it ;)

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    1. Thank you so much Marcy. I had never heard of chirramon before either. When I Googled it, it brought up Spotlight so I wonder if it's a fabric made specially for Spotlight stores.

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  14. Every aspect of this dress is fabulous - the colour, the style, those sleeves! and on you it just looks effortlessly chic. Your husband's shirt looks pretty good too!

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    1. Awww Sue, what a lovely comment. Thank you so much.

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  15. For a shapeless dress, you make it look stunning!
    Gorgeous colour and so chic.

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    1. Thank you Ruth. I like the loose shape of the dress as it covers all my problem areas.

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  16. Your dress is such a beautiful colour and suits you so well, love the shape and those sleeves are perfect.

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Sharon.

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  17. I'm sooooo late to this party but I'm now researching reviews of this pattern and stumbled upon your lovely version! It's gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much Carolyn. I love this dress and am looking forward to another opportunity to wear it. Can't wait to see your version.

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