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Pattern Reviews> StyleArc> Cruise Club Kim Dress (Cruise Club Kim Dress)

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Reviewed by:supizoo
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Posted on:3/18/14 6:22 AM
Project Photo:StyleArc: Cruise Club Kim Dress by supizoo

StyleArc: Cruise Club Kim Dress by supizoo  
Pattern Photo:StyleArc Cruise Club Kim Dress
StyleArc Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 7 people   
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Fabric:Cotton-Poly Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Sleeveless, A-line slip-on dress for knit fabrics

Pattern Sizing:
Size 6. I based my chosen size on my bust measurement. It fits perfectly across my bust. Unfortunately I made the mistake of taking a bra-less measurement which means that when I take steps to, eh hem, enhance my figure, it is a little tight. Oh well, sew and learn.

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?
Yes. As others have noted with Style Arc, the instructions are brief, however this is a pretty simple style with only 4 pattern pieces (front, back, arm and neck binding). I didn't know how to attach bindings but did a quick Google and winged it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
1) The simplicity of the pattern. I'm sure that someone with a bit of sewing knowledge could whip it up in a couple of hours. I am quite new to (scared of!) knit fabrics so took my time. I also have this terrible affliction where-by I have to stop and gaze upon my project with wonder, every single step of the way, so things tend to take me longer than the average Joe. That said, even I made this in an afternoon.
2) This was my first time to use arm and neck bindings and I like them although I am only vaguely sure that I did them correctly!
3) It is only slightly A line and I think falls nicely, camouflaging (as the pattern says) lumps and bumps (I'mm a tall slim pear, think Bosc rather than Bartlett!).
4) Neck line: not too low.
5) Quality of the paper. Tissue paper disintegrates readily in the tropics. This paper should last.
Dislikes: Nothing to dislike.

Fabric Used:
A cheap (for Australia) denim-coloured cotton/poly blend with two-way stretch from Spotlight. This was a practice run to test out my sizing in Style Arc and practise sewing with stretch fabric (I bought about 4 meters so can practise, practise, practise). It's fairly stiff, not as soft as other knits so I thought it would be good to start with. I have a striped knit from Tessuti (online store) with which to make the real one. I'm a little scared of that fabric (knit plus stripes, eek) so it may take a wee while to work up the courage to make.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations. I am tall (5'10") and long waisted and would normally add up to 5cm to waist length. I did not do that to this pattern although the waistline does sit above my natural waistline. Since it flows rather than clings I wanted to see if I could do without the alteration. It does not bother me the way it is, although next time I will lengthen the waist a couple of cm.
I hand-stitched the neck/arm bindings because I am new to knits and didn't trust myself to machine-sew these neatly. I quite like hand sewing.
I did not use Vilene stays on the neck and arms because I didn't have any (actually I didn't know what it was!) and this is a test run.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Definitely sew again (a few times). Definitely recommend; instant gratification project for an experienced sewer. For a less experienced sewer: good pattern to introduce knits into your skill set; easy/quick to make and takes relatively little fabric.

A nice simple slip-on dress which whips up in an instant and is easy to wear.

I really like dealing with Style Arc. Good customer service, lovely quality of paper and a personalised letter is included with your order. I also love how there is a "complementary pattern of the month" encouraging me to try patterns which I might not normally think of as "me". For me, these personal touches make the whole sewing experience extra special. It makes me want to put the extra care into my sewing to match the care Chloe puts in to her product

Thanks for reading; I know, I do tend to woffle.

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Sew4Fun said...
Nice dress and great review! Thanks.
3/18/14 6:57 AM
nothy lane said...
This is really nice on you. Thanks for the review. I was wondering about this pattern.
3/18/14 8:50 AM
marymary86 said...
great review!!!
3/18/14 9:33 AM
MrsCharisma said...
It's simple but it looks so good! This will be a great pattern for a "crazy" fabric!!
3/18/14 10:44 AM
SewLibra said...
Great dress on you! You are lucky to be so long and lean. Maybe this pattern could do that for me? Nice thought, but naw...only in my dreams. ;-)
3/19/14 0:43 AM
supizoo said...
Thank you all for your lovely comments. MrsCharisma, I may have to smother my inner introvert and take up the challenge! SewLibra, My Kingdom for some curves ;-). I actually think this dress would look better on someone with more figure than I.
3/19/14 1:29 AM
Karine said...
Love the dress - it looks terrific on you!
3/19/14 10:02 AM
ASiverson said...
lOVE THE dress and the review was helpful. TFS!
3/19/14 12:48 PM
dkauf46552 said...
Looks very pretty and classy on you.
3/21/14 8:10 PM
MaryMacTree said...
The Binding looks great! . Pretty
3/24/14 10:17 PM
supizoo said...
thank you everyone, for your very kind comments.
3/25/14 5:51 AM
QuiltSewSewSue said...
Just gorgeous - I love a simple knit dress and yours ticks all the boxes.
4/9/14 4:50 AM
Karla Kizer said...
"I also have this terrible affliction where-by I have to stop and gaze upon my project with wonder, every single step of the way, so things tend to take me longer than the average Joe. " LOL. I'll warn you...that habit never goes away. Your perfect dress has convinced me to buy the pattern in several sizes for several girls who would love it. StyleArc's accountant thanks you for your review.
6/1/14 8:56 AM
supizoo said...
Karla, It's good to know I am not alone!
6/2/14 6:28 PM
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