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Style Arc Hedy

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Oh, sack dresses, how I love you.  Especially sack dresses with interesting details.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

Yes, it’s another Style Arc dress. This is the Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress.  From their website: HEDY DESIGNER DRESS: Hedy is a simple, unstructured shaped dress that has cleverly constructed design lines. The asymmetrical neck pleat drapes to the side seam and creates the hidden pockets and the fabulous cocoon shape.   The Hedy pattern comes in 2 lengths – a knee-length dress & mid-calf length dress with side splits. FABRIC SUGGESTION & DESCRIPTION: Knit Jersey, Stretch Silk or any fabric with a stretch component and drape.


I used a printed stretch fabric that a friend gave me a while back (thanks Nikki!) – and I think it matched beautifully with this pattern.  I did pay attention to where the large motifs would fall when I cut this out – I really didn’t need a huge exploding flower right on my stomach!  I think that I pretty much succeeded in that regard.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

It is a little difficult to see some of the style lines in the print, but they are quite clear in the line drawing. There are princess style seams at the back, and at the front. The front princess style seams have pockets hidden in them. They are nicely constructed, with interfaced pocket bearers. After under stitching them as per the instructions they sit very nicely in those front seams.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

The shoulders seams are actually shifted to the front, in a slight curve, that adds a nice point of difference to the top. The sleeve edges are hemmed before the side seams are sewn. By doing this there aren’t issues with turning a sleeve hem over an acute angle, and it’s easy to match up the sleeve edges at the underarm. The shaping of the sleeve and side panels gives a really nice drape from below the arms to the hemline in addition to allowing plenty of room for movement.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

I chose to finish the front neckline with self fabric binding rather than a wide facing. I topstitched it down around the neckline from one edge of the pleated centre front section to the other, and secured the binding on the inside with hand stitching over the pleated area. This allowed the fabric to drape easily from the pleats. This is also quite a thick area with multiple layers of fabric once the pleats are sewn in place. In a thicker fabric I’d just use a wider facing for the neckline rather than the narrower binding.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

There are diagrams to help with the trickier bits of the dress construction, and I didn’t really have any issues with putting this together. I did take things slowly when putting together the front folds, and the markings are really important in helping to align everything properly.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

I sewed straight size 12 in the shorter version of the pattern, without alteration. I am considering making the longer version in a warmer knit for winter. I’ll just need to make sure that I don’t choose anything too thick – it’s important that you consider the neckline pleats and that this needs to drape nicely.  Most construction was on the overlocker, with the machine used just as needed.  I used a simple straight stitch for hems.

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress

The Hedy Designer dress is available from Style Arc’s Gumroad shop here.  At the moment they also have these patterns available from Gumroad:

as well as the Maris top that I blogged a week or two ago.  More patterns will be added as they continue to trial the site as an alternative to their Etsy store.  If you prefer paper patterns they are still available from their website as usual.

I love this dress, and know that it will get loads of wear.  It’s interesting to consider all the elements that go into something being a “YES!” garment versus an “okay” garment.  It really is a combination of style, colour, print, scale, and shape – as well as how much I enjoyed the construction process.  There are so many elements to get right!  Now I’m thinking about whether I “need” to sew that Alegra jacket….I think it would work beautifully over a long winter version of the Hedy…

Style Arc Hedy Designer Dress


21 thoughts on “Style Arc Hedy

  1. This looks great on you. Perfect print and the colours really suit you. I made a very similar style. It is called the drape dress and is in the GBSB book that accompanied the UK sewing programme ( The Great British Sewing Bee). I used ponte and I have to say that I wasn’t too happy with working through so many layers of fabric on the neckline ( this also had facings). I feel encouraged to give it another go in a lighter weight fabric such as yours. Thanks for the review and link.

  2. This is awesome! I love this on you and the combination of print and pattern is fab. I see these designer style patterns on stylearc’s website and wonder who can wear them. Now I know. Enjoy it!

  3. I’m catching up on your posts, so I just read the jeans post (with your brave photos!), and have to tell you that this style dress looks fabulous on you! No one would ever know that you have any figure issues at all. It helps too that the color is gorgeous with your coloring and you have great legs. I’m inspired! Thanks. —Martina

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