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Style Arc Serena knit dress

I took a bit of a punt with this style.  I really didn’t know whether it would work on me or not, but hey, it’s only fabric!

Style Arc Serena dress in ponte

It’s the Style Arc Serena knit dress. From their website:  This dress has a fabulous pivoted arm shape that angles down into the side seam to create a designer dress. The optional front tie allows this style to have two different looks. The length sits below the knee.
See this useful tutorial on how to sew corner seams. FABRIC SUGGESTION & DESCRIPTION: Light Ponte , Knit or Jersey.


I bought the pattern in a bundle with the right enough amount of ponte to sew the dress. Thanks Style Arc!  I sewed size 12 (I think I made it a little larger at the side seams) and eliminated the loop and button closure at the centre back.  I have a small head and the fabric has stretch.

Style Arc Serena dress in ponte

You can see some of the seaming a bit better in the above photo. I used the sewing machine to sew the corner seams, as per Style Arc’s tutorial. It wasn’t difficult, I just needed to make sure that I’d stabilised the pivot point well before clipping in to it. The ties were narrow hemmed on the machine, and otherwise construction was shared between the overlocker and the machine.

Style Arc Serena dress in ponte

Yes, usual issues with wrinkles at back waist. Moving right along….

Style Arc Serena dress in ponte

So, verdict? It’s ponte, so easy to wear. I wear a jacket over it to work, therefore the wrinkles at the back aren’t an issue. And the front ties? They remind me of the early 1980s when we wore our jumpers tied around our waists. I think it may have been in some sort of effort to disguise our butts or guts – but suspect that it probably emphasised them instead? Anyway, I quite like the ties. I feel that they distract (me) a bit from the part of my body that I am least at ease with. And for those of you who are blessed in the waist department, I think that this dress would look stunning! It’s pretty good on Ada – and she doesn’t have a head!

Style Arc Serena dress in ponte


9 thoughts on “Style Arc Serena knit dress

  1. I’d been hoping you’d test this one out, as I’m also debating it. It looks good! Maybe moving the ties slightly higher, so the ‘waist’ is more empire line would be a tweak? Then again, that would put the ties on the tum…la la la still not sure. Lovely colour too

  2. that color is fantastic on you and I like seeing a slightly different style. It is a rather dressy dress – but I bet perfect for an event on a chilly fall or winter evening. You do so well with Style Arc!

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