Today was one of those days where there was nothing much to do, waiting for other things to happen, if you get my meaning. So I took advantage of the free time to sew myself another StyleArc pattern. This time it was the Samantha top. I’ve had it in my stash for quite some time. I even started making it several months back, but I realized after cutting out the front and back, that I didn’t have enough fabric for the sleeves. Today, that wasn’t a problem. So I made it up, using the striped jersey from which I made my Laura Knit Cardi. Working with the stripes, I did something that is second nature to me, but I don’t think I’ve really shared on my blog: the single layer layout.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Rather than folding your fabric in half and laying your pattern piece on the doubled layer, you lay it out one piece at a time.
This gives you the ultimate control over the layout of your pattern, and it is critical when working with stripes (as I did here), plaids, or panel prints. Yes, it takes a little longer, but the results are worth every second.
Oh, and the other thing about single-layer layout? It saves fabric – big time. In many cases, I have been able to shave a yard off the recommended fabric allowances by the Big 4.
If you have a pattern piece that is meant to be cut on the fold, so you only have a half-piece, what I do is fold a piece of tracing paper and cut the pattern out along the fold, giving me a full piece. I then use that to cut my fabric. The good news is that in all the StyleArc patterns that I have used – and this is standard in all the industrial patterns that I have sewn for designers when I made samples – they give you full pattern pieces for each garment, so you don’t need to futz around with that. And as far as the pattern itself…
Pattern Description: From the website, “Good basic raglan sleeve knit top featuring boat shaped neck”. My additions: close-fitted top with wide neckline, long sleeves and neckline binding.
Sizing: 6-18. I made a 10
Fabric Used: Storied Stripe Rayon Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 needle, polyester cone thread.
Tips Used during Construction: Press that Bad Mamma Jamma!
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? I didn’t use them. This top is beautifully drafted, and it sews up without a hitch.
Construction Notes: I raised the neckline one inch. It’s pretty open at the neck – enough to not be bra-friendly. Even with the addition, it’s still pretty open, as you can see below. That’s not a criticism – just an observation. I adjusted the neckline binding by taking off 2 inches at the CB seam.
Likes/Dislikes: Love this top!
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes, and yes.
Conclusion: A great basic. Here are some pictures on Shelley.