Style Arc Montana Midi dress

This is not my usual choice of pattern. I tend to go for more fitted dress styles. On this occasion however I wanted something loose , comfy and cool to wear in 30+ degrees , with some arm coverage and covering the knees ( more makes for my holiday in Sri Lanka.)

I chose this Style Arc pattern – the Montana midi dress


and already had this summery cool viscose in my fabric stash.


It was bought from the Textile Centre in July 2019  for £7.75 for 2 metres

The construction of this dress is pretty simple – no zips, buttons or inset sleeves. Whilst the pattern gives a lined bodice, I also decided to line the skirt as the fabric being light coloured was a little see through without this. My lining is an extremely lightweight viscose that I bought in bulk specifically for this type of project.


I decided on size  6.  ( 32.3 inch bust) And that’s when my love of slightly more fitted styles kicked back. Yes I know this style is meant to be loose, and the lack of fastenings etc is a big clue for this, but my first try on made me feel like I was being dropped into a sack ( albeit a pretty one). Not wanting to loose the comfort, coolness and ease that I originally wanted, my solution was to seam  in  the bodice from under the arms down to the “ waist” and add ties at the waist. Simple , but effective.


For me it has given the dress that little bit of extra shaping without compromising the comfort and coolness.


Here I am off on my tuk tuk tour of Colombo in the finished dress.

5DD6C07D-C25D-4119-9407-AB66049D9E0DIt fulfilled requirements.


It was cool and comfortable ( temperatures were about 34 degrees that day) whilst still being acceptable for temple visiting .


And added bonus, there was enough fabric left over to make a top ( Scout Tee )


3 thoughts on “Style Arc Montana Midi dress”

  1. What a beautiful dress! It’s simple & classic & the fabric is perfect for spring/summer months. It fits you perfectly too! Very nice…


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