Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Style Arc Kate Dress in Leopard Print

Style Arc Kate Dress
This is my third Style Arc Kate Dress. You might say I like this style. A classic wrap dress is flattering on most figures and they always makes me feel all feminine and girly when I wear my Kate dresses. You can see the others here and here.

Style Arc Kate Dress
I did simplify the pattern a little, by eliminating the tucks in the front by cutting the side without the tucks as a pair. I found in my first version that sewing the tucks was tricky in a slippery poly knit and they were not really necessary.


I added 3 cm of length to the bodice area to lower the waistline and kept the length (including the extra 3 cm). The waist ties were lengthened so that they would be long enough to go right around my waist and tie at the front.


I was planning to have short sleeves but after cutting them out I realised that they were a little too close fitting for short sleeves. I will try short sleeves next time, adding some extra width to the pattern before cutting out. I kinda like how these "just above the elbow" length sleeves turned out anyway, and they are fine for my cold air conditioned office at work.


The fabric is a poly/spandex knit in a leopard print, from Spotlight in Queanbeyan and they still have some available, or they did last Friday when I called in. (I love it when I have to drive to Canberra for a work meeting, and the route goes right past Spotlight in Queanbeyan. I usually take full advantage.)


The neckline was finished off with some self fabric binding turned to the inside and secured with a twin needle. I used Bondaweb on all the hems which eliminated skipped stitches and tunnelling when I sewed them with a twin needle. It makes such a difference when working with these slinky poly knits. 


I'm pretty happy with my new dress and I have worn it to work twice already.


Happy Sewing

22 comments:

  1. I enjoy wearing my Kates too - they are feminine but comfy and easy to wear. I feel a third Kate coming up. Very handy that Spotlight is on the way home too. How can you not stop?

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    1. I think there will be more Kates in my sewing future too, Paola. I only have online fabric shopping at home, so a chance to visit Spotlight is not to be missed. It's so much better when you can see and touch the fabric before buying.

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  2. This is so flattering and I love that you plan Spotlight shopping around work meetings!

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    1. Thank you Megan. Got to make the most of any fabric shopping opportunities.

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  3. I love everything about this dress. The fabric, the length and the length of the sleeves are perfect! I love to combine work meetings and fabric shopping too. On Wednesday mornings there's a wonderful fabric market in a nearby town. I try to schedule all my appointments in that town on Wednesdays :)

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    1. Thanks so much for your lovely comment Marianne. Never let a fabric shopping opportunity go by.

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  4. Very nice! I have some of that fabric in my stash! No doubt from Spotlight!

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    1. Thank you Vicki. You can never have too much animal print in your wardrobe.

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  5. This is an absolute classic. Wonderful dress, no wonder you have worn it twice already. And very flattering on you.

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    1. Thank you so much Sarah Liz. You are too kind.

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    1. Awww thank you Nakisha. High praise indeed.

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  7. Beautiful wrap dress and I like your idea of removing the tucks.

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    1. Thanks Sharon. I found the tucks very fiddly to sew and difficult to get a neat result. Much easier and neater to eliminate them.

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  8. I love your Kate dress JM. I think that the sleeve length is very flattering too!

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    1. Thank you OzAnnie. I am happy with how the sleeves turned out too.

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  9. Beautiful fit, I also love those sleeves - they look great. And I adore this fabric! This is a very flattering dress on you.

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  10. Thanks so much Melwyk. It has become my new favourite dress.

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