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Posted on:5/4/14 1:02 AM
Project Photo:StyleArc: Slip-on Suzie by apoxia

Pattern Photo: StyleArc Slip-on Suzie
StyleArc Pattern Info
Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
Fabric:Cotton-Lycra Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
"This is a fantastic fake wrap dress, it is easy to make and wear, just slip it on. You have the choice of a cap sleeve or a long sleeve so it’s suitable for all seasons and occasions."

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Pattern Sizing:
You order StyleARC patterns in a single size. I ordered size 10.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow?
I've made many a cross over top (see here) for a review of another. So I pretty much know them inside out. This pattern had step by step instructions (that I didn't use) and also a brief lot of instructions with two drawings. This was all I would have needed to use if I had not made similar items before.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So simple and easy to make. Also, the underneath cross-over bit ended at the waist and didn't carry on right to the bottom and have to be incorporated into the hem, which is something I've had problems with in terms of puckering when I altered a cross-over top pattern into a dress in the past.

Something I didn't like: the cross-over was too low for me, hence why I have a singlet on underneath in the photo. I knew it would be low from the drawing, and from other reviews people have down. Essentially it would easily show my bra when I bended forward/twisted my torso - so not good for work, and cold for winter. I remedied this in the dress I made the next day, the review of which you can find here.

Fabric Used:
Cotton elastane knit.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
For this first try (I've posted another review with my second try) I used a fold-over elastic neck binding which I have used many times before on cross-over tops and dresses. This is a super-easy way to bind a top and basically works like using a stretchy bias binding.

I also didn't use the vilene stays for the neckline as the fold-over elastic holds everything in place and prevents stretching.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, and I did the very next day. In fact, I bought two lots of material at the same time with this purpose in mind. I also predicted I would need to re-draft the neck to make it higher so kept my more expensive material for the re-do.

I have made probably a dozen cross-over tops and dresses over the last 15 or so years. I bought this pattern as I only had one I extended to a dress from a top and figured it would be nice to have a professionally drafted pattern of a style I like so much.

This is such as easy dress to make, and so quick to make also. I reckon it takes about as long to sew as it does to cut out - less than an hour. It is a flattering dress and no doubt I will make more over the years.

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Danvillegirl said...
I like that this is a pullover dress. I still have yet to figure out correct size for me with this pattern maker.
5/5/14 5:25 AM
meadowclark said...
I love fabric choices. Just beautiful.
5/4/14 8:00 AM
supizoo said...
Thanks for the review. I've hesitated to buy this as I thought the neckline would be too low for me. Popping over to your your next review for the remedy!
5/4/14 3:20 AM
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