Work Wear: Style Arc Kellie Dress

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This year I’m focusing on building my work wardrobe. I constantly reach for my knit dresses — especially on Monday mornings — so I thought I should add a few more to my closet.

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This is the Kellie Jersey Dress by Style Arc. Style Arc seems to be pretty polarizing in the sewing community. I’ve had great luck with them, with this dress, the Sadie Pants, and the Terry Tie Cardigan. But, their instructions are notoriously sparse and their patterns come in single sizes. When you buy a single-size PDF pattern, you actually get three sizes, but they are all in separate files, so it’s still quite difficult to grade between sizes. Fortunately, I’ve gotten away with straight sizes so far.

The Kellie pattern is quite simple, with just 5 pieces: a crazy front piece, back piece, front facing, back facing, and sleeves. It’s a beast to assemble though. Those 5 pieces take up 49 pages that all need to be taped together. That was the most tedious part of this make.

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The sewing was pretty simple. Despite the short instructions, I didn’t have an issue creating the drape on the front (feeling just a little self-congratulatory about that). If anyone decides to make this pattern and gets confused, hit me up! I sewed the majority of the dress on my serger, and used my twin needle for the hems. The only tweak I made to the pattern was to shorten the sleeves by about 6″ to make them 3/4 length rather than long sleeves.

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This fabric is from Mulberry Silks, bought during their 40% off sale. It’s a soft, drapey rayon knit. I’ve given Brandon explicit instructions that this dress is not to go in the dryer, so hopefully it will have a long life. I’m super pleased with how it turned out.

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Pattern: Kellie Jersey Dress by Style Arc in size 8
Notions: Navy thread from Joann’s
Fabric: 2 yards rayon knit @ $16.77/yd from Mulberry Silks
Cost: $33.54 fabric  = $33.54 ($44.74 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 6 hours

 

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