Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website – “DIANA TOP: Particularly attractive neckline slightly fitted top.”
Adding to that a bit, This is a sleeveless, semi-fitted v-neck top.
Sizing: 6-24. I made a 10
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle. Pro-tricot interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? I didn’t use them, and I left them at the office, so I can’t say. This is a very simple top to sew. It takes less than an hour from cutting to finish, even with my slight changes.
Construction Notes: I made a neckline binding, rather than just turning and finishing the neckline as they suggest. I also stabilized the shoulder seams and neckline with tricot interfacing. I serged all the seams and finished the hems with a .5mm wide zigzag stitch, set to 2.5mm length
Likes/Dislikes: It isn’t a dislike, but just worth noting that this may be a little low cut for some folks. You can either raise the neckline or add a wider neckline band to make it higher. I love that it’s bra-friendly and it skims along the body lines very nicely.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I really like StyleArc’s shoulder and upper chest drafting. It fits much better than the big four. That makes it worth the price right there. I will probably use this as my go-to summer tank pattern.
Conclusion: A great basic! Here it is on Shelley: