Sydney Designer Dress By Style Arc - Designer dress featuring a full cocoon shape, in seam pockets and a high low hemline.
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Sydney Designer Dress

4.52 out of 5 based on 25 customer ratings
(25 customer reviews)

AUD $19.00

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Designer dress featuring a full cocoon shape, in seam pockets and a high low hemline.

Pattern format info

Product Description

Architecturally designed cocoon shaped dress.

Each panel has been engineered to create the drape and fall of this interesting style. Mid length front and longer back along with the extended shoulder line completes this avant-garde look. This pattern is a clever design but is also an easy make.

FABRIC SUGGESTION

Crepe, silk, washed linen, even a knit or any fabric with drape.

Pattern Format

Single-Size Hard Copy
Single-size hard copy sewing pattern, mailed to your delivery address.

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Multi-Size PDF Download
Multi-size PDF sewing pattern download, sent to your email address in multi-sheet/tiled format for printing at home on A4 or US letter size paper and single-sheet/wide format for printing at a copy shop. Please note that the wide format files are set up for printing on 36" wide (or wider) paper rolls, not A0 paper sheets.
Multi-Size Hard Copy
Multi-size hard copy sewing pattern, mailed to your delivery address.
Single-Size PDF Download
Single-size PDF sewing pattern download, sent to your email address in multi-sheet/tiled format for printing at home on A4 or US letter size paper AND single-sheet/wide format for printing at a copy shop. You get the size you order, PLUS the two closest sizes. Please note that the wide format files are set up for printing on 36" wide (or wider) paper rolls, not A0 paper sheets.

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25 reviews for Sydney Designer Dress

  1. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    I made a toile in a size 28 and found it really, really voluminous in the skirt and slightly large in the bust/shoulders. I will definitely make again but will reduce the volume in the skirt. My first Style Arc pattern although I have already bought several others and am really excited to make them all! I’ve been sewing basic garments for years so found the instructions adequate.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    The pattern is very well desgined but it did turn out a bit large. I made the back in a 14 and the front in a 16 to allow for a larger bust, but I should have done a 12 and 14 if not just a 12 (43″ bustline). If I make it again, I’ll definitely size down a little, shorten it by about 5″ and raise the pockets as they’re a tad too low for comfortable use (I’m 5’6″). I did use linen, but I also think it would look better in a fabric with a bit less body.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    I really like this dress and I really like StyleArc patterns. I’ve made many. However, there are challenges. StyleArc directions are pretty miserable. You have to know what you’re doing before you read them. Also, the font is so tiny I had to rotate the page on my computer screen and then print a screen shot so I could read them. There is no excuse for this. StyleArc is not even paying for the paper they are printed on. What is on one page could easily be formatted onto two pages.

    I have made many, many pdf patterns. This one had a whole new challenge I have never run into before, not even with a StyleArc pattern. The “tiles” are lined up with the very edge of the printer paper. Of course, our printers don’t print the very edge of the paper. So about 1/4″ of the pattern tile is not printed. Very confusing at first. Once I identified the challenge, it was actually easier because I didn’t have to trim one edge to tape it to the next. Weird.

    One other issue I have is the width and variation in seam allowances. Most seam allowances were 3/8″. The neckline was 1/4″. I realize that StyleArc is in Australia and they probably have different customs. I respect that but at least they all should be the same. Less opportunity to screw up. Of course, I really like 5/8″ seams partly because I’m old and that’s what I’ve always sewn on but mostly because they give me more fabric to screw up on or make adjustments.

    I am 5’3″ and shortened the dress 5″ which worked out well. Still below the knees in front. I needed to move the pockets up about 3″ to get them within reach of my short arms.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Fantastic pattern and I really enjoyed making my dress. I had to think outside the box a few times, but I’m happy to work things out. I would definitely recommend this patter.

    As others have said, the pattern comes up large, and I would have preferred a smaller size.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Love this so much that I have already made 3! One in washed linen, one in Liberty cotton and one in upcycled heavy cotton curtains. Shortened the length as I prefer just below knee and took out a little of the width to suit my heavier fabric. Oh and I raised the pockets by 3 cm.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Love

  7. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Great dress, simple to make and I have had so many compliments on it. I will be making it again in another colour but I will make the size down this time, it does come up a bit big.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    this is the 4th style arc pattern I have bought and made over the last year. I was thrilled to find these great designs for larger sizes. they are so easy to follow. since the lock down I have made 3 Sydney dresses. I posted one on a sewing social media site and had over 300 very positive comments.!! I am just hoping that I will get to wear them this summer.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    Great dress, I love the shape. I sized down one even though I love loose clothing sometimes there’s “too loose”

  10. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    Completed two Sydneys for my mom who is 92 yrs. She loves this dress and brags to her friends that her daughter sewed them for her. Only adjustments were to lengthen the sleeves, add cuffs, shorten length and size down the neck opening. Used cotton polyester Hawaiian fabric whichs drapes beautifully and is easy care.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Very trendy. Lovely to wear. Lots of compliments when doing so.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    i ordered this pattern as a multi-sized download. as usual for StyleArc, the pattern went together well. I made two dresses from knits for a friend of mine. she is about 5’4″, so the high-low hemline doesn’t work so well. I evened off the bottom hem, and instead of adding the hemband as piece hanging from the bottom, i attached it and flipped it upwards towards the right side of the dress, attaching it around the whole bottom. it gave the lightweight knit a more weighty bottom, allowing the dress to keep its unusual shape. really comfortable dress. i would have liked to have bust point/hip point/waistline marked on the pattern. this is my request for all StyleArc patterns, as it would help us better plan for waist seams, bust darts, and pockets. not all of us are “model height”. thank you for the lovely style and easy construction!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    Unique style, love it !!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    Love this pattern! I made myself one and now most of my family are buying material and want one or 2 for Christmas 😆 Very big fit so just did smaller size and made the arms wider as I have very chonky upper arms.
    I bought the 4-16 printed pattern and it’s great! Very easy to use!
    I’m an experienced seamstress and they are very quick and easy! I have made 5 so far and after my first one I modified the pockets so I could reach them. So far have made from lightweight denim x 2, cotton linen x 2 and cotton sateen which was stretchy so I did a smaller size.
    This pattern is great for me as I work at a school and need the coverage but will still be cool for summer.
    I have worn mine with a waist belt too and looks very gathered and cute 👌🏻

  15. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    I made this with a light knit fabric from my stash. After seeing others’ comments re size and studying the garment measurements on the website, I decided to make 2 sizes smaller than my normal size. I also took 2 inches off the length. It is very roomy without looking too baggy, but is still a little long. I will definitely make another one, but next time, I’ll adjust the pocket placement as I can’t reach the bottom of them when positioned as on the pattern. All in all, a very quick and easy design which is very comfortable to wear.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    This was my first Style Arc dress and the first dress I’ve ever made. I found the instructions a little vague due to my lack of knowledge of sewing terms. But I got there.
    I made the dress from 100% cotton as the print I needed came only in one type of fabric. It’s a little stiff and doesn’t drape delicately but it holds shape beautifully. I intend to make it again in a lighter fabric.
    I’ll definitely be back for more!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    My first pattern from StyleArc and won’t be my last! I made this dress from a silk sari and it drapes beautifully. It is a bit more billowy than I thought it would be, but will be fabulous and cool for summer. The pattern went together well and the instructions, although short, were easy to follow.In fact, I appreciated their conciseness. I really like the paper pattern rather than tissue. It arrived quite quickly by mail and certainly within the promised time limit.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    I love the style of the dress, but it was far to big, just have to figure out how to make adjustments 😟

  19. 3 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    I love the design, and the engineering to achieve the drape is perfect.

    However, I did have some issues with this pattern:

    1. The length of the sideseams did not match up.
    2. The pocket positioning was about 3 cm too low, and the pocket bag too shallow.
    3. The circumference of the foldline for the sleeve cuff should be a few mm wider than the hem line to achieve a flat fold over the sleeve.
    4. The grade of the hemline is even from the smallest size to the largest size. It should be exponentially larger as the size increases. The larger sizes are often needed for taller people with a longer stride. As it is, the bottom circumference is too narrow to be comfortable for those with a long stride (like me). While a shorter larger person will not be limited by a wider bottom circumference, a taller larger person will be limited by a narrower bottom circumference.

    I made two dresses from linen after making the necessary pattern adjustments, and I am very happy with them.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    I just finished fourth garment from your pattern. I love the design and so does my daughter shown in photo wearing her dress. I sent photos separately. Thank you for an adorable design that stretches thru generations!

    L

  21. 4 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Lovely design. I bought the 18 pdf pattern. Comes up very big, I should have ordered the 14 and it still would be big. I sized it down myself which wasn’t a problem. The pockets are set too low for me but again adjustment was easy. Overall nice easy style to make if you’ve done a bit of sewing before

  22. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    I love the dress but it is huge! The 14 fit my measurements but I ended up taking it apart and taking all 6 seams up 1” and resewing it. The instructions were not as detailed as I am used to so would not recommend this to a beginner. But the style is great. I am very pleased.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Multi-Size PDF Download

    (verified owner):

    Lovely dress. Comes up generous sizewise, but I like that. I am tall and the shape looks best if you wear it with a swagger. I have already been stopped twice to ask where I got it from, which is a result when you live in London and are 61 years old! The first StyleArc pattern I have made and it came together really well. The instructions are, as others note, quite brief but I am fine with that.

    I made it in double faced check cotton seersucker which is soft and drapes but is not flimsy, so it supports the cocoon shape well. I found the pockets dragged the front down though and messed up the drape, so I moved them to the side seams which is much better. I managed to get it all out of 2m of fabric, full length, including pockets and hem bands, by inserting a seam in the centre back skirt panel and being extremely crafty with my layout. If anyone can beat that, I will be surprised.

  24. 3 out of 5

    Format Reviewed: Single-Size Hard Copy

    (verified owner):

    This was a good pattern to use. Interesting pieces to put together. As usual, all marks matched up and pieces fotted together perfectly. I ordered the size 14 and it came up larger than expected. I shall use this pattern again adjusting the seam allowance.

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Finished Pattern Measurements (cm)

sizes4681012141618202224262830
Bust88.093.098.0103.0108.0113.0118.0123.0129.0135.0141.0147.0153.0159.0
Hip180.0185.0190.0195.0200.0205.0210.0215.0221.0227.0233.0239.0245.0251.0
Hem Circumference115.0120.0125.0130.0135.0140.0145.0150.0156.0162.0168.0174.0180.0186.0
Extended Shoulder Breadth72.074.076.078.080.082.084.086.088.090.092.094.096.098.0
Sleeve Opening37.038.039.040.041.042.043.044.045.046.047.048.049.050.0
Centre Front Length101.1101.4101.7102.0102.3102.6102.9103.2103.5103.8104.1104.4104.7105.0
Centre Back Length116.2116.8117.4118.0118.6119.2119.8120.4121.0121.6122.2122.8123.4124.0

Finished Pattern Measurements (inches)

sizes4681012141618202224262830
Bust34 5/836 5/838 5/840 1/242 1/244 1/246 1/248 3/850 3/453 1/855 1/257 7/860 1/462 5/8
Hip70 7/872 7/874 3/476 3/478 3/480 3/482 5/884 5/88789 3/891 3/494 1/896 1/298 7/8
Hem Circumference45 1/447 1/449 1/451 1/853 1/855 1/857 1/85961 3/863 3/466 1/868 1/270 7/873 1/4
Extended Shoulder Breadth28 3/829 1/829 7/830 3/431 1/232 1/433 1/833 7/834 5/835 3/836 1/43737 3/438 5/8
Sleeve Opening14 5/81515 3/815 3/416 1/816 1/216 7/817 3/817 3/418 1/818 1/218 7/819 1/419 5/8
Centre Front Length39 3/439 7/84040 1/840 1/440 3/840 1/240 5/840 3/440 7/84141 1/841 1/441 3/8
Centre Back Length45 3/44646 1/446 1/246 3/446 7/847 1/847 3/847 5/847 7/848 1/848 3/848 5/848 7/8

Fabric Estimate - Cut two way on the open

sizes4-68-14 16-22 24-30
Width 148 cm (58")2.5 m (2.75 yd) 2.75 m (3 yd)3 m (3.3 yd) 3.5 m (3.8 yd)

Fuse Estimate

sizesAll Sizes
Width 90 cm (36")15 cm (6")

Sizing Help


Size Chart - CM

Size A. Shoulder Breadth (cm) B. Upper Arm Girth (cm) C. Bust (cm) D. Waist (cm) E. Hip (cm)
4 34.4 26.4 77 60 83
6 35.6 27.6 82 65 88
8 36.8 28.8 87 70 93
10 38 30 92 75 98
12 39.2 31.2 97 80 103
14 40.4 32.4 102 85 108
16 41.6 33.6 107 90 113
18 42.8 34.8 112 95 118
20 44 36 118 100 124
22 45.2 37.2 124 106 130
24 46.4 38.4 130 112 136
26 47.6 39.6 136 118 142
28 48.8 40.8 142 124 148
30 50 42 148 130 154

Size Chart - Inches

Size A. Shoulder Breadth (inches) B. Upper Arm Girth (inches) C. Bust (inches) D. Waist (inches) E. Hip (inches)
4 13.5 10.5 30.3 23.5 32.6
6 14 10.9 32.3 25.5 34.6
8 14.5 11.3 34.3 27.5 36.6
10 15 11.8 36.2 29.5 38.6
12 15.4 12.3 38.2 31.5 40.6
14 15.9 12.8 40.2 33.5 42.5
16 16.4 13.2 42.1 35.5 44.5
18 16.9 13.7 44.1 37.5 46.5
20 17.3 14.2 46.5 39.5 48.8
22 17.8 14.6 48.8 42 51.2
24 18.3 15.1 51.2 44.5 53.5
26 18 3/4 15 5/8 53 1/2 46.5 56
28 19 1/4 16 1/8 56 48.5 58 1/4
30 19 3/4 16 5/8 58 1/4 50.5 61

Size Conversion Table

ALPHA SIZING AUSTRALIA UK US FRANCE ITALY JAPAN
XXS 6 6 2 34 38 5
XS 8 8 4 36 40 7
S 10 10 6 38 42 9
M 12 12 8 40 44 11
L 14 14 10 42 46 13
XL 16 16 12 44 48 15
XXL 18 18 14 46 50 17

How Do I Know What Size I Am?

Choosing your pattern size is the most important step and we will help you determine this with these easy to follow steps.

  1. When taking your measurements ensure that you take them against your skin and not over clothing. One can wear a comfortable bra and knickers whilst measuring, as this will provide you with the most accurate measurements.
  2. Tape measure has to sit firmly around the points you are measuring. But be careful not to pull it too tight, as this will give you the incorrect size.
  3. When measuring circumferences (B, C, D, E) it is important to note that the tape measure must remain parallel to the floor. It is sometimes best to take the measurements in front of a mirror; this will help you see the angle of the tape measure.
  4. You will only require the basic body measurements to determine your pattern size which is indicated on our mannequin below:
A. Shoulder Breadth

Place the tape at the edge of the shoulder. Measure along the top of the shoulder blade/across the highest point of the shoulders to the other edge, following the natural slope and allow an extra finger for ease of any movement.

B. Upper Arm Girth

This point is taken as a circumference at your widest point of your upper arm.

C. Bust

This point is taken as a circumference parallel to the floor at the fullest part of your chest.

D. Waist

This point is taken as a circumference and taken at the smallest part of your waist.

E. Hip

This point is taken as a circumference parallel to the floor at the widest part of your hips.


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