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|StyleArc: Marita Knit Dress (Marita Knit Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||2/18/13 3:57 PM |
|Pattern Size:||Plus-Sized Regular |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Rayon-Lycra Knit [See other projects in this fabric]|
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StyleArc say: "This easy fit stylish cowl dress with interesting twist effect at the waist has a high back collar that hugs the neck and falls into a soft cowl at the front. The twist pleat at the waist makes this dress a fashion garment."
6-30. I made a size 14 (I am usually a Burda 42) and the fit is excellent.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
There are no photos, but the dress looks very close to the tech drawing. (Photos)
It actually reminds me quite a bit of the Rick Owens top we tried to replicate a while back.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There are very short instructions and two diagrams, one for the shoulder seam was needlessly complicated. What they were trying to say is to fold the facing back around over the back at the shoulder seam, so that when you flip it right side out, the seam is encased, but if I wasn't familiar with this technique already, I would've found their diagram totally baffling. Funny, but I actually did a post with step-by-step photos of this exact finish a while back!
The other diagram was how to create the tuck which creates the distinctive draping, and happily that was extremely clear!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The pattern front claims you can make it in one hour, and it really is ridiculously fast to sew! I don't feel right showing the pattern pieces as I feel that's giving away their design, and I really think this is ingenious. The finished dress looks really complicated, but in reality it's just a basic knit dress with one dart and one tuck. That's it. (Drapery photos)
I absolutely love the fit of this! I also really like the high back neck, which brings the cowl in and doesn't risk it slipping off your shoulders or down too far.
I bought some wonderful some brick orange (or "rust") viscose-lycra jersey from Tissu and knew it'd have the perfect drapiness and recovery for this design. Coincidentally, it's also the same fabric I made the Donna Karan skirt set in - I just love this stuff and you cannot beat the price (£3.50/m)!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I didn't make any alterations at all - even the length is as intended in the pattern. That's how nice this pattern is!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely, I'm a big, big fan of Style Arc now just from this one pattern, and I totally want to sew this again, maybe in short sleeves and maybe shortened as a top!
This dress really is as fabulous as it gets - ridiculously easy to make, comfortable to wear, and very stylish! A total winner.
For more photos including some detail shots of the draping, head over to FehrTrade.com!
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