Sunday, 26 August 2012

A Couple of Style Arc Patterns

Well, the blogging is going as slowly as the sewing.  The wardrobe is definitely not overflowing, still that makes it easier to choose what to wear!   I am extremely happy with these two Style Arc additions.

The first is the Jodie pinafore dress made from a mustard coloured ponte knit with black/white stripe inserts, both from Pitt Trading.  That front zip was a little too tricky to insert properly, and as it became evident that Jodie could be whipped on and off without a functioning zip, I closed the centre front seam and sewed the zip down over the seam, so it is now a purely decorative feature of the dress.

The curved hems did not sit properly, until I discovered that I'd sewn the front hem facing to the back and vice versa.   After considerable unpicking and recutting the facings, they went on beautifully.  The edges of the dress and the pockets are finished with twin needled stitching.

As the front and back lower facings are about 15cm deep they sit a few centimetres below the pockets.   I didn't want to twin needle them in place, as this would have ruined the look.   I had to hand stitch the facings in place and as a result, the hand sewing shows through slightly on the outside of the garment.    You really need to look closely to notice, but it's a warning if you are a perfectionist (I'm not), however if anyone has any ideas on how to prevent this happening I would welcome your help.

Style Arc Faye Skirt

This skirt was made from a polystretch fabric from Pitt Trading.   It makes up in a flash from just one piece of fabric, with the top edges turned over to make a waistband.  This does make the top of the skirt a bit bulky as it's four layers of fabric and the elastic sitting around your waist, so it's best not to use thick fabric.

Still managing to resist the pull of retail therapy.   It's been nearly eight months now since I bought anything RTW.  It's amazing how easy it is to break the habit of shopping!


  1. Cute pinafore - it will be a great addition to the wardrobe.
    Did you shorten the Faye skirt? Mine came out much longer.

    1. Thanks Sue, yes I shortened it by about 6 cms.