Stylearc Autumn Dress

I loved this print and bought the last of the roll from The Fabric Store on my visit there.  Luckily, there was just enough to make up the Stylearc Autumn Dress

These photos were taken on a very windy day, but you can see most of the features of the dress.

The collar is a nifty design, with the neck opening ending in a deep pleat.  This means no need to sew buttons or buttonholes!  The collar stand finishes flush with the collar, so there aren't those annoying curved bits to fiddle with.  All of these features make this a much quicker sew that your standard shirt-dress. 

There is a deep pleat in the back.  Like everybody else, I had trouble following the pattern directions to make this pleat.  I think I had it right the first time, because it fit the yoke, but then I doubted myself and and spent a a while fiddling around before just doing it the way that made sense to me.  

I sewed this on holiday, when I did not have my overlocker, so I made the yoke with a yoke lining, similar to the typical construction of a shirt, in order to minimise exposed seams.  

You can see that the sleeves are cut on.  I never like the bunching that happens at the back with cut-on sleeve, and would have preferred this pattern to have set-in sleeves.

Here you can see that the dress has pockets and a curved hemline.

I think this is a great dress pattern, chock full of nifty features and relatively quick to sew.  I made it at the start of winter, so have not worn it after the day it was made, but I am looking forward to wearing it when summer arrives.


  1. Nice dress. Beach looks lovely. Where are you?

  2. I just ordered a bunch of patterns from StyleArc (being such a big fan and they had an amazing sale on last week) but I didn't order this one and now I'm sad I didn't! I love yours - I'll have to add this one to my wish list :) Your fabric is beautiful! What a perfect match of fabric to pattern. Pockets, pleats, curved hem and right over your head - what's not to love?!

  3. I totally agree with Kathleen. The fabric is a great match with the pattern. What kind of fabric is it? I'd like to make the pattern and have the same success you did! Thank you!

    1. Hi Brenda,the fabric is a woven cotton. The checks are printed on, not woven into the fabric. The weight is similar to a lawn and a bit lighter than a shirting. Good luck with your version!

  4. great dress on you! have to look into that pattern, really like the way neck opening is made

  5. I get what you said about the back of the sleeves, but I think it works really well with this fabric and the style. It's so wonderfully casual--the perfect beach dress!

  6. What gorgeous fabric - the combination of the salmon pink and the blue. The dress style really suits it, and looks great on you. It looks just perfect for summer. I'm guessing you'll get a lot of wear from it :-)

  7. OH, I really like this dress! I love the fabric too! I think we're all going to be hunting for something similar. :)

  8. The dress looks perfect! Fabric is lovely!

  9. I love everything about this dress and it looks great on you. I'm making a shirt from McCall's 7387 which has an identical looking back, I kind of wished I had the Style Arc pattern though as the front sounds a lot easier than what I am currently messing with!

  10. I love the color accents - amazingpattern making. Such a great idea.