I’m getting back into the swing of sewing. Finally! I wanted to have this dress done for a work event, but they instructions really threw me so it took me quite a while to complete.
If you like origami, you will like the Style Arc Autumn, because it requires some folding skills! I bought this purple woven fabric ages ago, but I couldn’t tell you what it is anymore. It is sort of fuzzy like a faux suede on the outside with a sort of a shiny, smooth inside.
Let’s start with the back pleats. These are my favorite detail on the dress. The illustration in the instructions are incorrect which will add to your sewing time and you are gonna have a hell of a time if you try to use it.
Here are my instructions and I hope they help someone. The back pattern piece is cut on a fold and give you 5 notches; A, C, Top Fold, C, A.
On the paper I drew the middle back fold as if you had cut you pattern piece on the fold with the right side up. If there are 5 notches on one side, then in total there are 10 notches; A, C, Top Fold, C, A, Middle Back, A, C, Top Fold, C, A.
First fold. With the fabric right side up fold the A notches on the right side and pin.
Second fold. Bring the Top Fold on the left side over to the Top Fold on the right side and pin.
This is what it looks like from the top. Then run a basting stitch along the edge to hold the pleats.
Since paper worked so well for the back pleats, I used them to put together the front fold too.
I cut out paper to look like the left front and right front pieces, wrong side up. The seams that are highlighted in yellow will be sewn together with the left front on top of the right front inside.
This is what it would look like on the inside after the two seams have been sewn together.
The Autumn is a tiny bit shorter than I like my dresses. I did sew up the side seam about 2 inches.
I didn’t alter that sleeves at all. I really thought they were going to be too short, but they are really perfect. If I ever make this again I think I will make it about 2 inches longer and I will only used the collar stand instead of the collar.