Easy to sew, easy to fit!

A review of Style Arc Hope Woven Dress

Reviewed by sewstainability on 16th May, 2021

The Style Arc Hope Woven Dress was a remarkably easy sew. The back of the neck is supposed to have a button and loop closure but I cut the back on the fold and I can get it on over my head so didn’t bother with the extra seams. I was between the size 12 and 14 and after reading some reviews I decided to size down rather than up. I am glad I did as I don’t think I would want it any bigger. I love the roomy design though!
Style Arc patterns have a very minimalist approach to instructions so I am glad this isn’t my first sew, they often don’t tell you when to finish seams and there was no mention of understitching the facing. Saying that, I had zero problems with this dress pattern and it sewed up quickly and easily, I found it to be well drafted and all the pattern pieces fit together beautifully. They do show in detail the pocket construction, and it is different to how I usually sew in-seam pockets but I LOVED this method. I will definitely be doing it the Style Arc way for all future in-seam pockets.The linen is from Minerva and was a joy to use, it behaved very well during cutting, pressing and sewing. It was honestly a joy to work with! I did find the length of the skirt to be a bit long for my personal taste. I am 5’7” and after finishing (and hemming!) the dress, I decided to take it up a further two inches. I am happy with it for now but could always shorten it again if I decide to.