Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Style Arc Adeline in My Fabric Designs Organic Cotton Sateen

My friend Holly is rocking this Style Arc Adeline dress that I made her from custom printed fabric from My Fabric Designs!

(Remember Holly? She likes yellow. Lots of yellow.)

She admired my Adeline dress and I had it in my head to make her one. 

When I was perusing the existing designs on the My Fabric Designs website and saw Cosmic Triangles by Friztin, I knew I had to get it for her. She loves yellow, but more specifically, she loves the combination of yellow and grey. I figured this big geometric print would be perfect for Adeline, since I'd just finished my own geometric version of the dress.

I opted to have the cosmic triangles printed on My Fabric Design's organic cotton sateen. When I received the fabric, I found the substrate to be a little bit lighter weight than I expected for a sateen, but with a really lovely silky feeling. 

I had a moment of panic when I opened the package and saw the large white/unprinted area on the edges of the fabric, but sure enough, the printed area matched the measurements given on the My Fabric Designs website.

Since I was pushing it somewhat, trying to fit the dress onto the amount of fabric I had, I didn't bother pattern matching across the side seams or shoulders (really the only seams there are!). 

However, I did take pains to match the two front patch pockets to the underlying pattern! I took my traced pocket pattern pieces, lay them on top of the bodice and traced the design underneath. Then I lay that over the remaining fabric scraps until I found the exact match. Once I had the pockets ready to go, I used some double-sided hem tape to keep them aligned while sewing. 

Worked out pretty well!! Can you spot the pocket?

I did narrow the pockets ever so slightly. For all sizes included in the pattern, the pockets are the same size and the pocket placement in the same location. For Holly's size, this meant the outer edge of the pocket would have been caught inside the side seams? Strange.

Not much to say about the construction otherwise... a quick sew!

I think the dress looks great on Holly! She paired it with nude heels here, which make her look 8 feet tall, but she was also overjoyed to see that the Adeline can be dressed down and work with sneakers, too! Sneakers are Holly's footwear of choice, as she's a long distance trail runner.

To sum up: great fabric, great pattern and a lady who looks great in yellow and grey!

Have a look at my other My Fabric Designs project, a Bento Tee, if you're curious about how the custom printing looks on different fabric substrates.


  1. I really LOVE this dress !!! When I saw your Adeline dress ,I HAD TO buy the pattern . To be honest I have never heard about Style Arc before and I spent hours watching all the patterns in their shop. I found the pattern in the German , so I already have it here . Now that I see the new version , I am very keen on sewing the pattern as soon as possible . You did a great job!
    Best wishes from Germany , Katrin

  2. Fantastic, all of it! and I love large prints used on a simple design. This is the prettiest Adeline I've seen - thks for sharing all of this.

  3. OH, I love this dress! Holly looks lovely!!

    AND are a sewing machine! Love seeing all your makes!

  4. amazing fabric and great pattern to show off that print ;o)

  5. Striking dress. That print works so well with this pattern.

  6. It's a so nice dress! The fabric is wonderfull!!!

  7. That print is so awesome. It's perfect for the dress shape.

  8. Would you be willing to share how tall Holly is and what size you made for her? I'm 5'5" and 113 lbs (ballet body). I'm mostly finding plus-sized bloggers who have made this dress. I'd love to know what size you cut for her and how much wearing ease it had because I love the way it fits her. I'm typically between sizes in StyleArc and am trying to determine which size pattern to order (or which size combination if I decide to go with a pdf version). I'd be ever so grateful for any insight you can provide...and I'm a HUGE fan of yellow, too! Love your fabric design!

    1. Hi Sallybelle, I'm guessing at Holly's height, but I'd say she's 5'5"-5'6". Her bust is 32.5" and hip 35.5", so I cut a size 6 in the Adeline dress. I might have been able to go a size down for her, but we're happy with the fit as is. I think the dress is meant to be roomy.

    2. Thank you SO much, Meg! This is exactly what I needed to know and is extremely helpful. I could use her as a fit model for me! :-) I really appreciate your great pictures (always better to see a garment like this on real bodies--line drawings just don't cut it). Thank you for sharing this information. Happy sewing!