I wasn’t not a fan of StyleArc before but I also wasn’t in love their their patterns. I had made two pair of pants (Leah Lounge Pant & unblogged Elle’s) and I really like both of them. But since I don’t make pants often, I didn’t realize how the fit differed from any other pattern.
I placed my first order prior to the free pattern offerings or Etsy downloadable PDF’s. I spent quite a bit of time debating what sizes to order since you only receive one size per pattern. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong size for all the tops. The two tops that I made in size 10 (Rosie & Issy) turned out too large so I haven’t bothered with the other size 10 blouse patterns in my stash. And because these didn’t turn out wonderfully, I hadn’t been overly eager to try more StyleArc patterns…until the Etsy shop opened up! I waited until patterns were on sale about bought a few.
I printed, pieced together and cut fabric for a May knit top, and then promptly left the project sitting on the floor for a few months. A few weekends ago, I was tidying up my sewing area and decided to actually make the top. I didn’t have high hopes through construction, but when I tried it on it was magical! It fit so well!
It is a little low-cut so I tacked it together in front. I also shortened the neckline binding by 3-4 inches, stretching it while sewing. I’m not sure if my binding stretched out prior to sewing, but I found it was the same length as the neckline, and I wanted to make sure there was some tension to keep the V-neck close to me!
I used a Julie’s Pick fabric from Fabric Mart for this top, described as a ‘Coral Orange Modal/Silk/Lycra Jersey Knit’. It’s a bit thin but works well for this top because it drapes nicely in the front. If you make this top, be sure to pick your fabric appropriately, anything thicker will end up bulging too much in the front, looking too maternity. Speaking of maternity, this would make a nice early maternity shirt (I think? Never been pregnant so this is just a guess given all that gathering over the belly… :)
Because I liked this top so much, I immediately printed out and made a Gail top.
I used a nice lilac/gray bamboo knit from Grey’s Fabric in Boston. Unfortunately, I don’t see this particular color available on their website currently. I have a few yards in green and hope it washes up nicely without pilling, because it’s SO soft and comfortable. And it’s a nice hefty weight. I’m kinda in love with this knit.
I found the instructions to be quite confusing, more confusing that the Issy top. I read a bunch of blogs for tips, and they were helpful, but you really need to play with the fabric until you understand how it all fits together.
As other have noted, the front seam underneath the fabric twist has curvature to it, resulting in a round belly and looks a bit odd. It relaxed a bit after pressing but I think I need a sway-front adjustment (if that is a thing). Not sure if I’ll go through the trouble of ever making the adjustment haha. That should be my sewing motto, “Too lazy to make adjustments”.
I slipstitched the shawl collar down completely around the neckline. I wore it once prior to this and it kept flopping up during the day and I struggled to keep it folded down nicely.
The collar hugs your neck tightly and quite high, this will be a great top for the fall into winter (with a scarf to keep the front warm!). The V-neck does dip down quite low, but it’s secure and doesn’t make me feel uncomfortable.
I’m so excited about these tops! They’re comfortable, fit well, and are interesting but were easy to make. I bought many more StyleArc patterns during their recent Etsy sale and am currently work on a pair of Tessa pants.
Yahoo for patterns that fit! It’s official, I’m a StyleArc convert!