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StyleArc: Mia Dress (Mia Dress) - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Posted on:11/18/13 10:34 AM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular 
Project Photo:StyleArc: Mia Dress by clothingengineer

StyleArc: Mia Dress by clothingengineer  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description: Simple but sophisticated, this dress has an elasticised waist for easy wear, extended shoulders and a fashionable front skirt over lay which falls beautifully. As an option the front skirt overlay can be deleted if a plain front dress is preferred, so easy make it in an afternoon.

The skirt length for my size 8 was 22". I was able to cut, sew, and have this hemmed in a little over 3 hours.

The pattern includes a back neck binding, and the front neckline is faced (facing piece is included). Instead of cutting the neck binding piece on the bias I cut it so it was with the stretch of the fabric.

Style Arc says you can either turn under the armhole edges and topstitch, or do a self binding. Since I was working with a knit I turned them under and coverstitched.

Pattern Sizing:6-30, I made an 8.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? They do include a line drawing which shows the overlay in detail. As far as the written instructions I only looked at them to see how the front skirt overlay should be attached. (It is attached at the skirt upper edge and side seams, and lines up with the edge of the right front.)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Likes: comfortable to wear, with well-drafted armholes. They are tight enough that my bra doesn't show when I hold my arm out, but loose enough to be comfortable. They also layer surprisingly well. It is a good pattern for showing off a nice print or wide belt. The elastic gathering makes the blousing very evenly distributed. I really like how you can use both knits and wovens with this pattern.

I also like how Style Arc provides a marking on the pattern where you can sew a snap to help keep it closed. I was short on time so I just tacked it in place by hand. The neckline has NO gaping.

I didn't dislike anything.

Fabric Used: Silk jersey (Fashion Fabrics Club). This silk jersey was kind of awful - dry hand, and poor recovery. I suspect it was stored improperly and that's why the price was so reasonable. I've been saving it for a pattern like this that has enough ease so that it doesn't matter.

You can use both a knit or woven as long as it has lots of drape and will gather well.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:Lengthened the skirt and overlay 3". Lengthened the waist 1" and the back 3/8" between the shoulder and bottom of the armhole. Added 5" to the hips.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, this is a very comfortable dress and is a nice alternative to my Burda 09-2006-114/115 wrap dress. I normally don't like mock wrap dresses but I really like this one. I was worried it wouldn't layer well and be a warm-weather-only dress but I had no problem wearing my fitted cardigan over it.

Conclusion: I also did a writeup on this pattern and have a few more photos on my blog
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marec said...
What a great looking dress on you!
11/18/13 11:07 AM
Knitz said...
Very nice Anne.
11/18/13 11:56 AM
CraftAddict said...
Very nice. Love the vibrant color of the fabric.
11/18/13 12:32 PM
Terri A said...
Great review and vibrant dress!!!
11/18/13 1:58 PM
MrsCharisma said...
This is stunning!
11/18/13 5:05 PM
caper81 said...
Very sophisticated dress! The colour is beautiful:)
11/18/13 8:01 PM
Skye said...
great looking dress, really helpful review
11/18/13 8:48 PM
SewLibra said...
Lovely dress and the jewel toned blue looks outstanding on you!
11/18/13 11:55 PM
Dee2 said...
Great dress--you look wonderful! How did I miss this pattern?
11/19/13 5:30 PM
Lynmarie said...
Love this dress, especially the extended shoulders, thank you once again Anne for your reviews, they are always helpful !
11/20/13 6:18 AM
Annie P said...
This dress looks fabulous on you. Thanks for another informative review.
11/20/13 6:46 AM
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