Style Arc Danni Dolman – Knit Dress


I’ve had this Style Arc pattern in my stash for quite a few years. It never seemed to rise to the top of my to-sew pile. I wanted a new dress for Thanksgiving and because of the lack of time it had to be an easy project. This pattern came to mind.

SA Danni Dolman

The pattern illustration is deceptive. The dress is pictured with full length sleeves but you can see that they clearly are not. That was fine with me because my plan was to shorten the sleeves. I wound up taking 2.5 inches off the length of the dress to get the hemline to hit above the knee. Once again the illustration didn’t quite match up to reality. I’m 5’7″ and, based on the pattern drawing, thought I might have to lengthen the dress.


I purchased this ITY knit at Tissus mode de l’Orme in Granby, QC a couple of years ago on one of our trips to visit family and friends. I enjoy working with border prints and finding the best way to showcase the print within the constraints of the pattern.

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This dress reminds me of a style of dress I wore quite a bit in the 80’s except they always had sizable shoulder pads. The silhouette was perfect for our Thanksgiving dinner. I was comfortable throughout the meal and didn’t hesitate when the pumpkin pie came around 🙂


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19 thoughts on “Style Arc Danni Dolman – Knit Dress

  1. Your combination of pattern and fabric is a perfect choice to showcase this bold and beautiful print. Well done!! Also, anyone considering sewing this dress will surely find your observations about the sleeve and hem length very helpful.

  2. Your sewing projects inspire me to get out the sewing machine! As always, your styles are timeless, sophisticated, and awesome. Of course, you wear them well, too. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great pattern choice for the fabric and occasion! Your use of a bold print is terrific and the finished dress looks lovely on you. Happy Holidays!

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