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