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.

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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 )


2020 Make Nine

I love planning and the New Year brings the opportunity once again for selecting nine items to make ( even if once again plans alter during the year),

So once again where possible I have selected not only the pattern, but also the fabric from my stash, if I have it.


My list this year( from top left)

1. Allie Olsen Highlands wrap dress in a viscose fabric

2. An undisclosed pattern with fabric bought in Goldhawk Road. This was bought on a shopping trip with 2  friends. We have all bought the same and the challenge is to each make a dress and then we will share / disclose what we have made on the same day. Looking forward to see how each of uses the fabric!

3. More stash fabric. Trousers ( Asian wrap style – copy RTW ) or wrap skirt

4. Style Arc Montana Midi dress

5. Thread count Wrap skirt ( Love Sewing magazine) in lightweight denim

6. Papercut  patterns Stacker jacketin cord. My most challenging choice

7. Helen’s Closet York pinafore dress. I’ve been eyeing up makes and bought the pattern in 2019

8.  Misuse Patterns  Stereo jumper  Pattern bought after seeing Sewing a la Carte’s Make here

9. Itch to Stitch Mountain view jeans. It’s about time I tried to make and fit some trousers/ jeans.

I think I can confidently predict that I won’t make all of these , and will make lots of other items not on the list!