Style Arc Hope (Knit) Dress

The Style Arc Hope Woven Dress was a big hit this fall, but of course I sewed it in a knit instead!

I like the high neckline, and the way the dramatic raglan sleeve give a batwing-effect. Unfortunately the rayon print I chose is so busy that you can’t see a single style line in my version.

As you can tell from the fall leaves, I made this a few months ago, so I have to say I’m fuzzy on the details. I have worn it a bunch though, and come to the conclusion that it’s too big in almost every way! Too long and too wide. I sewed elastic into the waist seam, but also had to take a tuck in either side to pull the elastic tighter. I’d like to make it again with a shorter and snugger bodice, and maybe more of an A-line skirt? Still fun though, and I can see why it was popular.

As I write this, I’m realizing that this silhouette is very similar to the most recent dress I’ve made, using a TNT Burda pattern previously seen here. See? Guess I’m a sucker for an elastic waist dress with a T-shaped bodice!

Yes, I pixelated my messy background. You didn’t need to see that! 😉

My current sewing project is working on some comfy tops. The longer I work from home, the less I care what my whole silhouette or outfit looks like, and the more I want to be colourful and cute on the top half while wearing leggings out of sight on the bottom!

xox,

Gillian


6 thoughts on “Style Arc Hope (Knit) Dress

  1. I like to dress colorful and happy all the time with makeup and earrings. Always ready for anything that might come along and makes me feel better too!

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  2. The Hope dress is interesting, but it does look ginormous, much better with the elastic. I imagine it eats fabric, too. I think the proportions of the Burda are better. I bought that pattern after I saw the one you made (a few years ago, maybe?) Haven’t made it yet. I went from wearing lots of dresses to the leggings with cute top routine, too. A return to dresses in 2021??? I sure hope so!

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  3. Thanks for the review. That pattern is in my stack of summer garments to make. It’s so interesting that you made it from a knit and I will remember to downsize. I have a bunch of Style Arc patterns that I’ve pledged to sew through this year so really appreciate seeing what others have made!

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  4. It looks so much better with the elastic….now I know how to fix up mine that I was so disappointed with!
    But I think I’ll sew a casing where the skirt joins, thread a narrow self fabric tie through and pull it up to tie a bow at centre front.

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