Pattern Description: From StyleArc’s website – This staple piece is a great wardrobe builder with comfort and style. Soft gathers over the bust stitched into the neck band makes this top very flattering for all sizes. 3/4 length sleeves allows this to be worn all year round.
Sizing: 6-30. I made a size 10
Fabric Used: Soft Lightweight Rayon Jersey in Woodrose from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 65/9, Pro-Tricot Fusible Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply,thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes. It’s worth noting that the gathering (at least on the size 10) is not as pronounced IRL as it looks on the illustration. It’s there, but it’s more subtle than it is on, for instance, the Paula Jersey Dress.
How were the instructions? They were quite good. I didn’t really use them because this top goes together beautifully, but I like that StyleArc has added pictorial instructions for the tricky parts.
Construction Notes: I changed one major thing, thanks to the fabric that I used. This particular jersey is more geared for layering. I cut out the front piece and I realized that it would be too sheer on its own for New England winter wear, and for my own comfort. I’m no prude, but it’s a little sheerer than I wanted, so I decided to double-layer the front and back pieces. I used a single layer for the sleeves. Here you can see the double-layer front next to the single-layer back on my gridded cutting mat:
I basted the layers together and treated them as one. Other than that, I made this up straight out of the envelope. I didn’t even do a FBA. I serged all the seams and hemmed it using a narrow (.5 mm)
Likes/Dislikes: Typical StyleArc, this pattern is beautifully drafted and goes together without a hitch. It fits, even without an FBA, and I love it!
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Definitely to both! I will make a bunch of these. StyleArc is quickly becoming my go-to pattern company!
Conclusion: Great pattern, goes together quickly. You can make this up in an afternoon from start to finish. Here’s a picture on me (I’m not wearing makeup, so you don’t get to see my lovely mug).
This is a winner.
PS – The nail polish I’m wearing is a new OPI “liquid sand” polish in Stay the Night. It’s pretty cool!