Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Style Arc Marita Knit Dress #2

Style Arc Marita Knit Dress
I have revisited the Style Arc Marita Knit Dress. You can see my first one here made in a printed ponte.

Great easy to wear knit dress
Style Arc Marita Knit Dress

This time I used the suggested fabric ...a two way stretch knit jersey. This fabric is from Knitwit. I cut a size 12 and added an extra 1cm to the side seams below the arm holes. I didn't want the dress to be too clingy.


The fit turned out much better than my first one. It's amazing how using the suggested fabric works so much better. Initially I thought I would run the stripes vertically, as I thought they would be more slimming that way, but then I realised the most stretch ran along the stripes so I would have to run them horizontally. I was very mindful of this when cutting out and I tried to have the darkest stripe positioned around my waist. Unfortunately the mauve stripe is not in the most flattering position.


I am very happy with the fit at the back. I tried to match the stripes at the side seams but they look a little off due to the irregular size of the stripes. They are not a constant width and sort of blend into each other. The sleeve stripes matched up quite well with the body of the dress.


The jersey sits much better than the ponte, but I do find myself fiddling with the cowl a bit. I do like the interesting twist at the waist and I like the way the stripes have changed direction on the front bodice area.


The high back collar is not interfaced and it does collapse a bit in the jersey. It might be worthwhile interfacing this bit to add a bit of structure.


This dress does show off any lumps and bumps but it is very comfortable. I wore it to work with a black cardigan and felt good all day. This is my favourite sort of work dress as it does not require ironing. It would make an ideal travel dress too. It is a quick sew but I don't know about making it in an hour, as it states on the website. I cut this out and sewed it up on a Sunday afternoon and was finished before dinner and I am a slow sewer so I was very pleased with that.


Happy Sewing

28 comments:

  1. What lumps and bumps?! This is such a great dress on you. Effortless.

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    1. Thanks Manju. This is surprisingly quick to sew up.

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  2. What a lovely dress! Those colours look great on you!

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    1. Thank you Marianne. I love the colours in the fabric.

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  3. The dress and the fabric are just lovely on you! <3

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  4. perfect combo of fabric and pattern,very pretty.

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    1. Awww thanks Beth. I appreciate your comment.

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  5. I love those stripes on you and with this design. Very nice!

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    1. Thanks Debbie. The horizontal stripes did end up looking ok.

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  6. Looks great. Flattering (no lumps and bumps to my eye!) and stylish. I never seem to be able to see as fast as "quick" patterns suggest I should either.

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    1. Thanks Sewingelle. I only showed the most flattering photos, of course. Quick sewing is not always good sewing...better to take your time and do a better job, in my opinion.

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  7. Lovely dress and fabric. It looks great on you.

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  8. The style and fabric look really lovely. I love a knit dress for the same reason.

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    1. Thanks Andrea. I need more of these knit dresses in my wardrobe.

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  9. Very flattering dress and great colours too.

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  10. This pattern and the fabric are so flattering. It looks great on you.

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    1. Thanks Lynne. I was worried that the horizontal stripes would not be flattering, but I was pleased with the end result.

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  11. Beautiful. No lumps and bumps - it skims you nicely, and with the interesting cowl and cross over bits all attention goes to your portrait area in any case. I love the way the stripes sort of merge and do their own thing.

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    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Sarah Liz.

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  12. Very very beautiful dress, Jean. It fits you beautifully and love the front detail. Happy Sewing!

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