Coral Eyelet Dress

Do you know that the one color you should never wear for a job interview is…….

IMG_0094This is no office dress, but thanks to Mood Fabrics, I’ve made a dress ready for our hot summer nights and ‘dressy casual’ occasions!

The top layer is an Italian red coral cotton eyelet which reminded me of a Vineyard Vines dress, inspiring me to give it a try. The structure of the dress and added depth of color are enhanced from the lining. Labeled a hibiscus cotton batiste (no longer available) on the Mood website – the fabric more like a cotton poplin with stretch! Actually I prefer this heavier weight to stabilize the eyelet 🙂  I never intended to use the two fabrics together, more like they found each other in the stash.

My pattern is the Style Arc Teena Dress , a pattern I bought last summer in consideration for my mother of the bride dress.

teena dressHad I made a muslin last summer I would have known that the pattern would have worked beautifully as a long dress for the occasion.

I’ve been a Style Arc fan since sewing my first pattern over 3 years ago. The patterns fit beautifully even if they aren’t especially user friendly.


What I truly love about the Teena Dress are the two-piece side panels seen in the illustration above and the photo below. The front side and back side panels are split horizontally enabling a superior fit through the bodice. It’s difficult to determine the seam lines due to the fabric design, but a click or two on the photograph below will show you the details.

Style Arc-001

Style Arc patterns are shipped from Australia, sold in single sizes, use a 3/8 ” seam and offer sparse instructions. However, the sizes are accurate and the website provides a page of sewing tutorials, tips and construction features for techniques found in the patterns.

Sadly, I was unable to find an invisible zipper to match the fabric, but the slotted zipper worked nicely. I have since learned the trick of painting the zipper pull with nail polish to match the fabric!

The dress straps which are increased from 1/4″ to 3/4″  are made from the wide selvedge of the eyelet fabric – a perfect match! My only other design change was adding 1″ in height to the back of the dress.


Though the pattern calls for boning only on the strapless version, I added two pieces of 6″ spiral steel boning to the upper bodice sides. I could not insert the boning into the 3/8″ seams which led to making a casing for the boning and stitching it to the wrong side of the lining. Once the lining was sewn and turned it’s practically invisible.




One of the things I love most about sewing is the constant state of flexibility I’ve developed through my beloved hobby. The pattern was not used as intended, the batiste was not what I expected, and yet one year later the stars aligned and a new dress was created!


Until soon 🙂





  • ooobop
    June 24, 2015

    Oh how that colour pops on you! Beautiful shape and lovely work. I’d never have guessed there were bones in there but I guess that’s what helps to keep that shape in place. 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2015

      Bones make such a huge difference in strappy and strapless clothes! Many thanks for your comment and I adore this color too 🙂

  • Lori
    June 24, 2015

    This is a beautiful dress on you, from the color to the shape to the fit.

  • oonaballoona
    June 25, 2015

    if you walked in looking like that i’d hire you ON THE SPOT!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2015

      OK! I’m taking it as a compliment – What would you hire me for 🙂

  • Amy
    June 25, 2015

    Gorgeous Sarah! What a fit, too! You look ready for a fabulous summer party.

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 25, 2015

    Thank you, Amy! I see you like coral as much as me 😉 It’s truly a great color for us, huh?

  • Fiona
    June 28, 2015

    You look fabulous as always! I’m tempted to try out a bit of eyelet myself this summer! I also really need to give Style Arc patterns a whirl, I’ve always been put off by reports of their limited instructions but I’m confident enough now to work things out without it being a complete disaster!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 30, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona! You can easily handle the lack of instructions in Style Arc patterns. I have found the best thing to do is read through the instructions and add notes/additions before sewing so nothing is overlooked during the process. Have fun 🙂