Category Archives: StyleARC

NOT a curvy girl.

Knowing what suits  you and from what fabric is always a challenge.  When you sew it is nice to think that you have a lot of control over style, design, colour and fabric.    In  RTW,  the garment is real,   as opposed to creating your own designs which begin and live in our imagination.  As sewers,  we spend a lot of time thinking,  planning and physically sewing.  We do not continue if we have too many bad experiences.     It is important to create our  ” like a million dollars”  or “I want to take you on holidays” feelings from our clothes  and to understand how we did it,  so that we can constantly create beautiful clothing.

You would think that by my age I would have a firm understanding of what suits me?  And that I would apply it to my sewing?  Noooooooo…..

Two dresses,  both navy,  my best neutral and possibly my best colour,  two different looks.  Lets look at the line drawings.

Did I forget that my body is really straight?   All those beautiful curves and  a waist  look ‘ ho hum on’ me.  On the bodice section you see the gathers,  slopey shoulders and  dolman sleeves ?  Yes?  add them to  my avoid list.  I have a square face,  and my hair is cut very short with angles.  These same design elements need to be reflected in my clothing.   I look best in shape clean lines and cool colours.

As well as the design elements not being reflected in me,  the sewing process of this dress was not smooth either.  I muslined the garment,  mucked around with too much  bust space and accidentally cut of a huge chunk off the hem.  Guess it was never going to work.


This Toni Dress by StylARC is a better look for me.   Straight centre front seam line leading up to the collar and then to the face.  The angles of the collar  are reflected in my face,  the dress’s  design is clean and lean looking.   This is a better look.  It was a fast an easy sew.

I really wanted the HP Deco Vibe Diamond Dress. to work,  and maybe if I had used a drapey fabric,  omitted the gathers on the princess seams,  shortened the sleeves,   got rid of the collar……Anyway,  I love Trudy’s faced hem and vent technique and spent a lot of time making beautiful lined pockets.  I Just need to remember that I am not a curvy girl.

Do you  fall into the trap of making garments:  and wonder “what was I thinking”?


UFO Celine Dress

Style Arc Celine Dress

Lara had blogged about her StyleARC Celine dress.  Reading her post and seeing how nice she looked in hers, reminded me that I had one to finish.   I had sewn the front and back together to get an idea of the fit,  and never got around to adding the facings, inserting the  sleeves or hemming it.   I completed it on the weekend and wore it today.  It went together easily.

While prints aren’t usually my “thing”,  I chose this rayon fabric because of the cool colours and solid geometrical shapes used.  It is nice to have something different,  especially since brights and patterns are so popular this season.

The Celine dress is easy to slip on , comfortable to wear,  and  falls away from the body making it perfect for hot summer days.  The wrap is a fun  fashionable detail and great for camouflaging the middle section…..

Detail of the front tie

Detail of the front tie and fabric.


I am happy to wear this dress and to make another!