Sunday, June 12, 2022

Gorgeous Green Naomi Dress

 It's not summer until there's some swooshy dress drama!

This particular drama is the Style Arc Naomi Woven Dress, a pattern I admired after seeing beautiful versions from Monica and Birdy.

I thought this pattern would pair well with a beautiful large-scale floral print rayon voile I got from LA Finch Fabrics

This beautiful OEKO-TEX certified fabric is sold out now at Finch Fabrics, but I've seen it pop up at other shops. 

I love the mix of colors on the emerald green background - ochre and red and hot pink and coral and royal blue. 

The Naomi is a slip on, easy fit dress with a waist seam that curves up at center front and back. The waist is gathered by draw strings that tie at the side seams. 

The dress has a V-neck, side slits on the long skirt and voluminous 7/8th length sleeves gathered by elastic.

I cut a size 22 according to my measurements. That seems like the right choice, generally, although maybe I could have done with a 20 bodice; it's quite roomy. but it does say “easy fit” in the description. Insert shrugging emoji here.

I don't know what this stink face below is for, but I love it:

Also the sleeves are loooong. It says 7/8ths in the description, but they're more than full length on me. It work fine if I push the elastic to above my elbows, but the full sleeve is a lot of look. 

I may shorten them in the future... we shall see!

The waistband curves up gently at the center front and back. I like it on the pattern model and in the line drawings, but I wonder if it makes me look pregnant? Or just like my boobs are hiking the waistband up? 

Please note my fun hot pink serging on the inside of the dress: 

The front and back skirts are the same pattern piece. In retrospect I wish there was some slight shaping for the above-the-bum area because I have some pooling there.

That sounds like a lot of complaints, but I think overall I quite like the dress even with my minor fitting concerns. It's dramatic and swishy and fun, and the colors are a knock-out!


  1. Love love love this dress. Love the colours. Love the curving waste. Love the sleeves. Great job

  2. Wonderful dress. The print and the colours in it are truly gorgeous.

  3. I bought this pattern recently when Style Arc had patterns on sale. I liked it because the curve in the waistband took it a notch above all the other loose maxi dresses. Yours looks great on you. It definitely enhances your bustline and I don't think you look pregnant. And the colors are great, too!

  4. I was JUST thinking about buying this pattern and decided to see what you were up to instead. Glad I did, this looks amazing! Off to buy it now...

  5. I was just looking at Style Arc thinking I would buy this pattern but decided I'd come see what you were doing instead - lol. Now I'm off to buy the pattern because this dress looks great!