Thursday, 16 February 2017

Style Arc Adeline Dress #3 in Tencel

Style Arc Adeline Dress
I just can't leave this pattern alone. This is Style Arc Adeline Dress # 3 for me. You can see # 1 here and # 2 here.


It is a simple cocoon style dress yet, I feel effortlessly stylish when I put it on. This was my first experience sewing with Tencel and I am in love. After a little internet research I learned that this is a natural fibre produced from wood pulp, similar to rayon but more sustainable. It is soft, drapey, breathable and wrinkle resistant. What's not to love? I found it similar to rayon, but a little better behaved when it comes to cutting and sewing. It pressed beautifully. I used a microtex needle size 80 which worked very well.


For this version I cut a size 12, as usual. The only alteration to the pattern was a forward shoulder adjustment which I explained in this post. Such a minor adjustment that has a big impact on comfort.


The look can be changed easily by the addition of a scarf or a statement necklace. This lovely gauze scarf was a great way to keep the chill at bay in my air conditioned office .


As the fabric was quite plain, I top stitched all the seams to add a little visual interest. It also kept the seam allowances nice and flat. The neckline and hemline facings were also top stitched. 


I made a silly mistake when top stitching the side seams. I had completed one side perfectly and then went on to do the second side. Half way up the second side seam I realised that I had forgotten to lengthen the stitch to match all the other top stitching. I might have uttered a few swear words under my breath and proceeded to unpick my mistake. After I had unpicked quite a lot, I realised I was unpicking the wrong side. More swear words ensued and it was thrown in the naughty corner for a couple of days. 


The cuffs are a lovely detail and are so easy to do. This is a great pattern that is so well drafted and goes together very easily. I really can't stop singing it's praises.


I love it when an outfit turns out just as I had imagined it would.

Happy sewing

Jean

14 comments:

  1. Oh yes, this is the perfect fabric for this dress. I love it! Where did you buy the tencel? I've just finished one this colour in linen, but it doesn't have the 'wrinkle-free factor' of yours!

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    1. Thanks Megan. I bought the Tencel at Spotlight in Queanbeyan recently. I found it amongst the denims. I want to get some more now.

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  2. This is a really lovely dress, so suitable for office wear in summer, and cool enough to go home in as well - there is always hot air between the office and the car airconditioner working! Lovely blue too.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz. I am very happy with my dress after wearing it to work yesterday. It felt comfortable, stylish and hardly wrinkled at all.

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  3. This is the perfect dress for so many occasions and I love the tencel. I've made tencel trousers and they are amazing, so I should make a dress. I can't pull off this design as well as you do though.

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    1. Thanks so much Sue. I definitely want to make some more things with Tencel. Not all patterns suit every body, but it's great when you find one that works for you.

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  4. Another lovely Adeline dress, the colour is beautiful. I suppose I won't be able to find any Tencel at my Spotlight store. .

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    1. The colour is lovely Kathy, thank you. You never know your luck at Spotlight. I found the Tencel with the denim fabrics.

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  5. Great dress in a very pretty colour! Good to hear Tencel doesn't wrinkle, I'll definitely give it a try.

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    1. Thank you Marianne. Tencel is a new discovery for me and I love it. Would love to make some button up shirts with Tencel.

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  6. Another lovely Adeline! I've never sewn Tencel, but had a pair of Tencel jeans once that were the most comfortable jeans ever!

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    1. Thanks Paola. The Tencel is so soft and drapey and comfortable to wear.

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  7. I have also made one in Linen but the wrinkles drive me nuts! The tencel looks to be a much better option.

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    1. Linen has its place...suited to more casual clothing where the rumpled look is fine. Tencel is a great alternative, if you prefer the unwrinkled look. I hope you will share your Adeline with us Andrea.

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