Today’s the final installment of Iceland photos, featuring volcanos on the horizon and my second StyleArc pattern, the Jessica dress.
It’s a twist-front jersey dress, rated as “challenging”, which largely seems to be because the instructions are so poor. Once I figured them out on my muslin it wasn’t that hard, apart from a weird apparently unfinished part that appears when you connect the twisted bodice to the skirt. I cobbled together a fix, but it doesn’t look very neat on the inside. It’s a real shame about StyleArc instructions – perhaps it’s the only way that they can get so many patterns out of the door so quickly, but it basically means you should only try garments you’ve made in the past and know how to make.
I used a taupe and black silk jersey that I bought years ago at Paron, and was saving until my serging skills improved. They have, but sadly this dress probably wasn’t the best use of it, as I don’t love it. I don’t think that having all the bulk on top with the twist works well with my busty figure, and I spend a lot of time adjusting the neckline to try and get coverage of the old bra without looking strangled.
On my first muslin I found that the tie front pieces were majorly sagging, so I shortened them by about 3 inches each to pull the waistline in. Sadly, this now means that one sideseam is getting pulled to the front – I’m not entirely sure how I would balance having the tie at the right length without having that pulling.
You live and learn! I’m still willing to give StyleArc some more chances because the Rosie top worked out well, and I love love love that they do cool RTW styles up to large sizes – they’re probably the single best example of a pattern company not discriminating against plus sizes. So, I have two more trouser patterns in the sewing queue, and I’m considering the Ziggi motorcycle jacket as well, inspired by an amazing basketweave wool and leather version I saw in Reykjavik.
In the meantime, I leave you with proof of the utter sensibility of the Cashmerette family. You’re welcome.