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