A Turning Point
Posted on Thursday the 5th September 2019 by How Good Is That
Hattie by Style Arc Patterns is very urban hence my choosing this dress for my September make..
Give me a wraparound dress style any day. I love them as they give me the illusion of a waist.
I chose this lovely Crepe Fabric and I decided to break out and use this blush pink colour. It’s a lovely pink with skin tones so I felt this would be an ok colour to wear against my Winter skin colouring. We’re just leaving Winter behind here in Australia and I think this colour was a good choice.
The weight of this crepe is lovely for this dress style. Crepe can be heavier so when I chose this fabric, the description was very helpful. This was a good choice to pair with Style Arc’s Hattie.
I love the challenge of making dresses in woven fabrics but it can be challenging finding a fabric online that has the drape you want for a wrap style dress. The description of Minerva’s website made choosing the right fabric very easy.
There are 22 colour choices of this high twist royal crepe dress fabric to choose from. Rose pink is the colour choice that drew my attention. Ok there were other colours that were just as great but I had to choose 1 colour for this dress.
This crepe is good value at 60 inches or 150cm wide. It’s listed as light weight and is 100% polyester. It feels lovely against my skin so it’s great for this wrap dress style.
This crepe irons very easily and Minerva always has this fabric available on the website.
Hattie is described as a Woven dress with a twist front and a 7/8 sleeve. I made the 8 at the bust and 10 size at the waist and hips. Having the multisize pattern makes grading so much easier.
When I’ve made previous Style Arc dresses, I’ve found the skirt length has generally been my length so the skirt length stayed the same.
My back is very curved so I did a sway back adjustment.
I graded this pattern and made changes to the shoulder positioning to be forward facing. I do this for all my projects. The shoulders were quite tight on the 8 size.
I also made this dress a second time one size bigger and added a zipper. The fit is more relaxed. If you wanted to avoid sewing in a zipper, go 2 sizes up for more wiggle room. If you’re shapely, add the zipper.
Style Arc patterns know that multisize patterns enable us to guide their patterns to our personal body shapes. They’re very skill and style empowering. What I appreciate is multisize pattern options give me the ability to make this garment when my weight fluctuates.
The finished pattern measurements are for size 10. There is 2” (5cm) between sizes so I tend to recheck this on my pattern pieces.
You really only need a tiny button for the backneck closure. This seems to be a favourite Style Arc feature. It’s just so simple.
Style Arc gives you the illustrations you need for the trickier construction steps.
The seams are 3/8” (1cm) so I tend to overlock the seams, where possible. I machine stitch internal seams for areas like sewing facings to necklines.
I also machine stitch to baste pieces together so I can check the fit of the garment.
I machine sewed the front bodice to the front skirt. There was some excess fabric at the front bodice so I pleated this excess into the waist seam. Because this excess is under the front wrap ties, you can’t see it.
Remember to sew the front bodice to the skirt from the side seams to the centre point. This gives you a better seam join.
This crepe fabric was easy to overlock. The fabric does fray and overlocking does the trick without adding too much bulk.
The neckline finish is very neat and sits nicely.
I made this dress mid-Winter and I found that I should have checked my body measurements twice. You know the saying, measure twice cut once.
So when I finally wore this version of Hattie, I should have made it one size bigger across my whole body.
This is the shoulder adjustment I did to the bodice so the shoulders fit better.
This experience made me realise I either have to upsize all my patterns or simply (famous last words) lose my Winter weight. Multisize patterns enable you to make the same style no matter what your size is.
It’s now 4 weeks since I made this dress and after eating smaller meals (no snacking) and training consistently, I’ve dropped a couple of kilos. There are still a couple more kilos to lose but I am really pleased that this dress was the turning point to stop and look after myself.